Act fast, after Lassie eats that grass
This topic isn't something that anyone wants to have to deal with directly, but as pet owners know - it's a reality that needs to be immediately addressed.
There's going to be a time when your pet eats something weird, or just isn't feeling good. When that happens, you need to make sure to take care of the problem as soon as possible. The acid can permanently damage the carpet if it is left untended. Here's a simple eco-friendly process to take care of the issue.
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Let's step through the process:
1. Use paper towels to remove as much of it as possible. Don't press down, or blot any into the carpet as that will make it harder to clean. It's currently on top of your carpet, and you don't want to work anything down into the carpet fibers which makes it harder to clean.
2. Fill up an empty spray bottle with cold water, you don't need to add anything special to this round of cleaning. Thoroughly spray down the area in order to make the process easier.
3. To create a homemade carpet cleaner that is sure to get rid of any stains from the acid - you need to create something to neutralize the acidic element and prevent any staining. This is much easier than it sounds. Just mix two cups of warm water (microwaving a bowl of it is fine), and then stir in 1 tbsp of salt.
4. Measure out ½ cup of any white vinegar that you would normally use for cleaning, 1 tbsp of laundry detergent, and 2 tbsp of rubbing alcohol. Give these ingredients a quick stir into the water and salt mixture that you just made up.
5. Thoroughly soak a cheap kitchen sponge in the mixture, and lightly wring it out before you use it to wipe away the rest of the stain. Make sure that you are using a clean area of the sponge every time you go over the stain. Keep rinsing it out whenever it gets too dirty. Just throw this away when you're done, you don't want to reuse it for anything else. That's why you used the cheap one.
6. Sprinkle some baking soda over the offending area. Baking soda acts as a natural deodorizer, and will completely neutralize any left over acid in the process,
7. Wait a while for the baking soda to dry out, it should take an hour or two if you cleaned the area thoroughly. Don't worry if it takes longer than that to dry out, just be patient before you finish up the task. Vacuum up the dried baking soda, and you're done!
Congratulations!! You just made it through one of the hardest part of having a pet as a member of your family. Take a moment to reward yourself with some fresh air, and perhaps a glass of wine.
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