We all love our pets. But when your dog — for some reason totally incomprehensible for you — decides to use your couch as a fire hydrant, you have every right to get upset. If you want your furniture (or your carpet, for that matter) back in order and stink-free, it’s important to get to that stain as quickly as possible. But before you banish Fido to the backyard for the foreseeable future, here is how to get rid of the stain — along with the smell.
1. Apply the Soap
Donning your favorite waterproof gloves (because, you know…yuck), dab a little dish liquid onto a clean rag or paper towel, and apply it to the stain. Don’t rub much and don’t go overboard on the amount — you’re just blotting a little of it on. This will help with the germ factor.
2. DIY Solution
Mix up a solution of 1 part water to 2 or 3 parts white vinegar. Pour it into a spray bottle and shake it up. Spray it onto the stain, and don’t be afraid to be generous with it. Don’t scrub, since that will only end up pushing the stain and the odor further into the cushion. Let the area air dry.
If any stain or odor remains, you might have to resort to a trip to Walmart or the pet store. Pick up an enzyme-based pet stain remover. These are specially designed to eliminate stains and odors from pet urine (and more). Nature’s Miracle is highly recommended. At this point, you should be good to go.