Using Vinegar on Upholstery
Pet stains can occur anywhere, from your bed to your living room couch. To easily remove pet stains from fabric upholstery, vinegar provides a safe and effective cleaning tool.
What You'll Need Before You Start:
- Paper towels
- Clean, white cloths
- Mild dishwashing liquid
Immediately remove any solids using a paper towel. Place folded paper towels over the area and gently blot to absorb any excess liquid. Dampen a clean, white cloth with tap water and blot over the area. Use a dry cloth to blot the area and absorb the water. Combine a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with a cup of warm water. Dip a white cloth in the solution and gently blot over the area, working from the outside corners of the stain toward the center. Mix together equal parts of white vinegar and water. Saturate a white cloth in the vinegar mixture and blot over the stained area. Blot using a clean, white towel. Reapply the vinegar mixture and allow to remain for a few minutes. Dampen a clean, white cloth with water and blot the cleaned area. Apply a dry cloth or folded paper towels to the area and blot to absorb the excess moisture. Allow to dry.
Using Vinegar on Hard Surfaces
Vinegar effectively cleans pet stains from hard surfaces, acting as both a disinfectant and a deodorizer. Simply use paper towels to remove any solids and liquid from the area. Thoroughly spray the area with undiluted vinegar. Allow to remain on the surface for five to ten minutes and then wipe clean.
When applied quickly, vinegar can help get out a pet stain, prevent carpet discoloration and eliminate any lingering pet odor. Vinegar's successful elimination of vomit, urine and feces stains on most household surfaces makes it an effective tool in the pet owner's cleaning pantry.