Clothing, Carpet, and Pets Stains… Oh My…

Cleaning pet stains from items in your home

If you have pets, you know what great companions, fitness partners and loving creatures they can be, but they can also present problems when it comes to your clothing. Having cat and/or dog hair all over the house seems unavoidable at times and usually easy to fix with a good vacuum and mopping, but muddy paw prints, hair, dander, and other pet damage on clothing and household items require prompt cleaning and repair.

Know the fabric first

Before trying to remove stains on your clothing, you need to know what type of fabric or material you’re dealing with. Read the label of the clothing carefully to avoid damage and clean the stains appropriately to maintain the item’s appearance and shape. Whenever you’re unsure how to clean an item of clothing, take it to a professional cleaner just to be safe.

Pre-treating and soaking

On clothing items that are safe for washing machines, wash the clothing as soon as possible before the pet stains set in and damage fibers. When immediate cleaning isn’t possible, pre-treat the item with a safe cleaner and soak heavily soiled items for several hours or overnight. For stains on synthetic fabrics, gently remove the stain by using a wet sponge or towel, dabbing the stain with a solution of 1 teaspoon liquid detergent, 1 tablespoon ammonia and 1 quart water. Test the solution on an inconspicuous area of the fabric first to make sure it doesn’t cause discoloration. After blotting, rinse the garment with clean, cool water to remove all traces of ammonia.

Detergent and washing options

When cleaning clothing with pet stains, use a detergent designed to break down enzymes. After checking the clothing label to ensure it’s safe, use bleach or color safe bleach and hot water to help break up and remove the stain. Before drying the item, make sure the stain is completely gone, otherwise it may set in permanently when dry. If you have pet stains on your carpets and upholstery, remove any excess solids then dab the area with a mixture of peroxide and water. Test the solution in a hidden area first, and if you have any concerns about damage, hire a professional cleaner to come in and give your upholstery and carpet a thorough, safe cleaning.

Removing pet hair

The battle against pet hair sticking to clothing, carpet, and furniture is ongoing and removal techniques include vacuuming, lint rollers, and duct tape. Another way to remove pet hair is by using a damp rubber glove and running your hand over the hair covered area. Wash the glove when it’s full of pet hair and continue to other areas. Lint rollers work well for removing pet hair from clothing.

It’s easy to love your pets despite the messes they can make when you know Embassy Cleaners has you covered for safe pet stain removal from clothing, carpets, draperies and upholstery. Bring any clothing items your pets have expressed their “affection” on to our location for a professional inspection or utilize our dry cleaning pickup for greater convenience. We can also visit your home to provide you an estimate on cleaning upholstery and draperies, and we are often able to clean those items on-site!


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