Living with pets also means living with their occasional accident. Companies that make cleaning products know this and have catered to pet owners by making dozens of different chemical-based pet cleaning products. However, you don’t need these harsh chemicals to clean up pet urine, feces or vomit stains. More natural-based products will work just as well on pet stains.
Remove as much of the pet urine, feces or vomit as possible before cleaning with any product. Use paper towels, old rags, or newspapers to blot the area.
Rinse the area as much as you can with cold water before using a cleaning product. Use a wet/dry vacuum to extract all the water from the spot. This is especially important if you have used harsh chemical cleaners on the area previously. These chemicals will prevent the natural cleaning product from working on the pet stain, reports the Sacramento SPCA website. Also, it’s recommended to never use hot water, as this will set the stain and the smell.
Use a natural enzymatic pet odor neutralizer on the stain, a class of products that are recommended by the Sacramento SPCA. Use the product exactly as the label instructs for it to be the most effective. You can find these products at any pet store or online pet retailer.
Evaluate the results once the area has been cleaned and has dried. If the stain and smell are still present, rinse the area with cold water again.
Clean the area a second time by using the enzymatic cleaner again, or use a solution of one part water to one part vinegar to wash the area. When using the vinegar, saturate the spot with the vinegar solution, and then clean it up with rags and/or a wet/dry vacuum.