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Ask the Pro: How To Clean Urine Stains From Your Fabric Furniture

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January 31, 2012

Question: How do I get rid of my pet’s urine stains on my fabric furniture?

Answer: Dogs are man’s best friend…except when they leave an accident on your beautiful fabric couch. Thankfully, all is not lost! By taking the right steps, you can remedy this unfortunate, but common, situation and prevent future damage down the line.

To start, the most important thing to do when it comes to pet urine stains is to act quickly. Unfortunately, lingering odors from urine can penetrate deep into the core of the fabric’s fiber once the stain has a chance to dry. Right after the accident, use an absorbent dry towel or a few sheets of paper towels to blot up as much liquid as possible. Next, apply several ounces of water directly to the stained area, and then blot with another clean towel or paper towel. Like before, you’ll want to try and blot out as much moisture as possible. Finally, fold a clean towel into quarters and lay it directly on top of the stain, using a heavy object to hold the towel in place for several hours. This will help pull the diluted urine out from the fabric furniture and onto the towel.

But, what if there is still a stain? Not to worry! Use Guardsman Fabric First Aid to remove any remaining surface soil. For tougher urine stains or stains that have dried up before you had a chance to tend to it, try an oxidizing stain remover, bio-modifier or pet urine neutralizer, which can be found in most pet stores. Lastly, it’s always a good idea to treat your fabric furniture with Guardsman Fabric Protector, which can make future stains easier to remove. While we love our beloved four-legged friends, they love our furniture a little more than we’d like…so protect your favorite pieces ahead of time.

Now, if your pooch got a little too excited and had an accident on your wood furniture, check out our earlier post to get the 411 on treating stains on wood furniture!

CAUTION: THE FABRIC FIRST AID KIT LEVEL 2 STAIN REMOVER IS INTENDED FOR FABRICS ONLY – DO NOT ALLOW THE LEVEL 2 STAIN REMOVER TO CONTACT WOOD OR LEATHER. FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY.  DO NOT USE ON SILK.  IF LEVEL 2 STAIN REMOVER CONTACTS WOOD OR LEATHER SURFACES, IMMEDIATELY WIPE WITH WATER.  DO NOT SCRUB.

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