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Pet Cleaning Tips

A little knowledge can make a big difference in how much time you spend cleaning up after your pet. No matter what type of four-legged friend is a part of your family, we've got tips that will make cleaning up after your pet easier.

Before You Treat a Pet Accident

  • Pick up or blot up as much of the mess as you can. The more you pick up, the easier the stain will be to remove.
  • Be sure to blot up liquids with an absorbent cloth or paper towels. White materials are recommended because certain dyes may bleed and make the stain worse.
  • Gently scrape up semi-solids with a spoon or spatula. Do not use a knife or other utensil with sharp edges because it could damage the carpet or upholstery.
  • Be sure to pre-test any spot removal solutions or chemicals on an inconspicuous area first. If discoloration occurs, try a different solution or call a professional.
  • One of the best ways to remove a pet stain is by using a deep cleaner. The combination of both spray and suction helps remove even the worst pet stains.

Enzymes vs. Oxygen: What is the difference?

Enzyme Action

Oxygen Action

Enzyme-action formulas remove organic stains and odors and work best on accidents like urine, which can seep deep down into the carpet and backing. Oxygen-activated formulas remove colored stains & odors and work best on accidents like vomit or other colored stains.
Once released on a surface, the enzyme action breaks down or digests stain- and odor-causing molecules including proteins, starches and oils, and can stay active until the stain- and odor-causing molecules are gone. Oxygenated formulas are activated upon contact with the stain. The reaction alters the color residue at the molecular level and helps neutralize the odor-causing particles.
In order to stay active, enzymes need moisture and food. This is why it is so important to follow the label instructions and keep the carpet moist long enough for the product to work fully. When enzymes run out of "food" (pet mess) or dry out, they stop working. This reaction starts instantly and continues as long as the area stays damp. The molecule that provides the cleaning is the O (oxygen), which is called a "free radical" and breaks away from the H0 (hydrogen peroxide) to clean away the stain, leaving nothing but clean carpet and water behind.
Examples of Enzyme Action chemicals on BestBuy.com: Examples of Oxygen Action chemicals on BestBuy.com:

Are BISSELL Formulas poisonous to humans or pets?

You should always use cleaners with care and according to labeled product instructions. BISSELL formulates, tests and labels its cleaning products to be safe when used as directed on the product labels.

Is it safe to let my pets on the carpet after I have cleaned?

BISSELL's products are water-based, but let them dry thoroughly before having pets contact them. This prevents dirt and odors from being tracked onto the damp, clean carpets. A fan blown across the floor can help dry carpet quickly.

How do I remove pet urine stains from my carpet?

Wet

To achieve the most successful removal of stains and related odors, it is important to address this problem as quickly as possible. For wet stains, use your deep cleaner to thoroughly deep clean the carpet fibers. Prepare a vinegar rinse to neutralize any leftover residue that may cause discoloration. To make a vinegar rinse, mix one part white vinegar to three parts water. Apply the rinse to the freshly cleaned area. Do not soak. Repeat the deep cleaning process with your machine. Ventilate the area well, using a fan blowing directly across the damp carpet to accelerate the drying process.

Dry

Older urine stains are difficult to remove, often leaving carpet fibers permanently discolored or with an unpleasant lingering odor. To clean older stains, use your deep cleaner to thoroughly deep clean the carpet fibers. Repeat the cleaning process several times. For best pet stain-lifting and odor-removal results, you should apply an enzyme-type product. BISSELL recommends applying a BISSELL Tough Stain Precleaner product to break down organic residue. Saturate the carpet fibers, overlapping the edges of the stained area. Cover the area with a damp towel so that the area remains moistened for 24 to 48 hours. Repeat the cleaning process with your machine. Ventilate the area well, using a fan to accelerate the drying process.

How do I remove vomit stains from my carpet?

To achieve removal of vomit stains and related odors, it is important to address these types of problems as quickly as possible. For vomit stains, you will need your BISSELL Deep Cleaner, warm water (not hot), enzyme-producing bacteria detergent (BISSELL Tough Stain Precleaner), and clean white paper/cloth towels. If the vomit stain has a lot of solid material, remove the excessive material with a blunt spoon or spatula. After the excess material is removed, use your BISSELL Deep Cleaner to rinse and extract the stain. Next, apply an enzyme-producing bacteria detergent to the stained area. BISSELL Tough Stain Precleaner is an effective and easy-to-apply enzyme-producing bacteria detergent. After applying an enzyme-producing bacteria detergent, place clean, white, damp paper/cloth towels over the treated stain and let the enzyme-producing bacteria detergent interact with the stain for 3–5 hours. After 3–5 hours, rinse with warm water. Remember it is very important not to oversaturate your carpet. Use your BISSELL Deep Cleaner to rinse your carpet. Use a fan to expedite the drying process.

How do I remove pet feces stains from my carpet?

To start the feces stain-removal process, first scrape up any excess material. Apply an enzyme-producing bacteria detergent to the stain. The action of the enzymes will attack and loosen any leftover residues. BISSELL Tough Stain Precleaner works well as an effective and easy- to-use enzyme-producing bacteria detergent. Cover the area with a damp towel and let the enzyme-producing bacteria detergent work on the stain for 24 hours. Then, rinse with warm water. Use your BISSELL Deep Cleaner to aid in the rinsing and extraction process. Use a fan to expedite the drying process.