You love your dog, but sometimes they can have accidents that ruin a rug. So is a DIY pet stain carpet cleaner better than a professional cleaning service?

In a 2022 U.S. survey of people in therapy, 47% said spending time with their pets also helps their mental health. And science backs that up; research suggests animal companions indeed lower stress. They also provide social support, sometimes even more than humans.

So, it’s no wonder 70% of U.S households have pets.

If yours is one, then you know how much joy they bring to your everyday life.

However, pets, especially their “accidents,” can make house cleaning fussier. And no one wants a spot from a pet to turn into a stain. 

Sound familiar? If so, you’re likely wondering if a DIY pet stain carpet cleaner could do the trick. Or would hiring professional carpet cleaners be a wiser move?

This guide explores and discusses both options, so read on to determine which one is best for your Utah home.

When to Use a DIY Pet Stain Carpet Cleaner

It’s okay to use DIY carpet cleaning pet treatments for tinier marks left by pet poop or pee. However, these products usually work best on fresh pet spots.

Thus, if you decide to do the cleaning yourself, please do so right after your pets have done their business. It’s also best to follow the tips below if you want to go the DIY route.

Never Use Cleaners With Toxic Ingredients

The U.S. EPA says indoor air pollution levels can be two to five, even 100 times higher than outdoors. So if your pets spend most of their time inside your abode, they can be at risk of exposure to such pollutants.

Ironically, some indoor air pollutants originate from chemical cleaners.

For instance, household cleaning solutions (including carpet cleaners) may contain ammonia (ammonium hydroxide). While effective, it’s corrosive and can damage materials if misused. In addition, the Utah Department of Health says it’s harmful if mixed with other chemicals.

Other ingredients you should look out for and avoid when using a DIY pet stain remover include:

  • Bleach or chlorine
  • Glycol ethers
  • Phthalates
  • Formaldehyde
  • 1,4-Dioxane

All those substances can be dangerous to your pets and family if misused. So if you see them listed on a cleaning product’s label, don’t buy it and instead put it back on the shelf.

Choose an All-Natural Cleaning Solution

Instead of using potentially toxic cleaners, invest in an all-natural pet cleaning solution. An example is the TruRinse Spotter Bottle. It contains natural ingredients like sea salt, minerals, and soft water.

Sea salt, in turn, is an effective cleaner because of its mild abrasiveness. Moreover, salt has antibacterial properties. As a result, it can kill some bacterial species by dehydrating or sucking water out of them.

Another reason to use TruRinse Spotter Bottle is that it’s safe to use on all fibers. That includes upholstery, rugs, clothes, and drapes. Plus, it works not only on pet stains but also on pen ink, blood, oil, and grease!

There’s one thing you should avoid using the TruRinse Spotter solution, it’s leather.

Mind Your Safety

Animal excrements (including feces and urine stains) harbor millions of fecal coliform bacteria. Some cause disease not just in humans but in other animals too.

So while you should clean up pet accidents ASAP, please wear gloves and a face mask before you do so.

When to Hire Carpet Cleaning Professionals

The longer pet feces and urine go uncleaned, the more time they have to set and leave stubborn stains. Urine left long term can also build up and potentially discolor your carpet or upholstery if it is not treated correctly. These ugly marks, in turn, are those you’ll likely have a hard time removing, no matter how much work and time you put in.

If those are the kind of pet stains you have, it’s time to hire a professional upholstery and carpet cleaner. Do the same if you see multiple massive pet stains on rugs, carpets, and upholstery.

But what exactly can a professional do that a DIY pet stain carpet cleaner can’t?

Deep Cleaning

Professional cleaners use steam cleaning to thoroughly clean carpets and upholstery. It involves science and technology that creates low-pressure steam to eliminate unwanted substances. It’s especially effective in removing dirt, oil, grease, and pet stains.

Steam cleaning works so well because the heat it produces thins out contaminants. That then dilutes them, allowing for their easier extraction.

In addition, professional cleaners use water heated between 210° and 230° for rinsing. That further helps ensure you get deep-cleaned carpets and upholstery.

Remember: that truly clean means truly rinsed™ Because if not for the latter, filth and excess cleaning solutions will remain, along with left behind pet residue. 

Proper Extraction and Deodorizing

Extraction is the removal of dislodged and diluted contaminants from carpets and upholstery. In addition, it removes excess water and solutions used during the cleaning process. Thus, it’s a vital step in proper carpet and upholstery cleaning.

Fortunately, our expert and professional cleaners use innovative technology for optimal and maximum extraction. That allows them to provide high-quality cleaning and also enables faster drying.

You want quick drying times, as prolonged dampness can lead to molds and unpleasant odors.

Moreover, professional cleaners deodorize your carpets and upholstery. Worry not, as they use all-natural products to do so.

Save You Time and Money

Deep cleaning carpets require pre-vacuuming, which can already take about an hour. That’s on top of the time you need for deep-cleaning your carpets and upholstery.

Therefore, hiring pros to clean your pet-stained carpets frees up your time. That’s especially beneficial if you have a hectic schedule. Besides, you’d likely want to spend more time cuddling with your furry family members, don’t you?

You also get to save money from not having to replace badly-stained carpets. So you know, carpeting a 200-square feet area can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Invest in Professional Carpet Cleaning Today

And there you have it, your guide on using a DIY pet stain carpet cleaner vs. hiring professionals. Now you know the former is okay to use, provided it’s all-natural, and you only need it for small pet spots. However, go pro if you’re dealing with larger or more stubborn stains.

If you believe professional carpet cleaning is the right way to go, the TruRinse team is here to help. We deliver high-quality carpet, upholstery, and rug cleaning in Salt Lake and Utah County, UT. So call us now, or request a quote for a cleaning online today, and we guarantee you will be amazed. 

Leann B.
Leann B.
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Tami W.
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Lindi M.
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Angelique E.
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Katie T.
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Marti I.
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Samantha M.
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Maggie H.
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Andalin B.
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Austin
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Megan J.
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Heidi R.
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JR
JR
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Lisa L.
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Megan R.
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Lariana A.
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Aaron B.
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Jacob T.
Jacob T.
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Mary anne G.
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Autumn M.
Autumn M.
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Barlowem
Barlowem
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Robyn M.
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Stephanie M.
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Brian H
Brian H
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Beth L.
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TaRhea N.
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melanie S.
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Toni C.
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Tracey B.
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Martha S.
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Heather S.
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Susan H.
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Ashlee S.
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ROB A.
ROB A.
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Spencer C.
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Francesca M.
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Sheryl R.
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Ariel W.
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Trisha K.
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Diane M.
Diane M.
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Vaughn C.
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