If you have natural stone flooring in your home and you have at least one pet, you may already realise just how troublesome pet stains can be. Fortunately, there is a way to get rid of these stains. Here’s what you need to know about getting your stone flooring back in beautiful condition.
Removing the urine stain
First things first, you want to get rid of the stain. Like all other types of stains, the faster you react, the better the outcome. As soon as you notice that your pet has had an accident, you should blot up the liquid with paper towels. Do not wipe! This can cause the stain to spread and result in further damage. Once you are done, you will need to mix approximately one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with a gallon of water. Apply the solution to the area and allow it to sit for about a minute. Blot the solution up and rinse thoroughly with clean water. Allow the area to dry before examining it again. If you notice that there is still a stain left behind, you might need to remove them with a poultice.
Using a poultice
You will need to wet the area with distilled water so that the pores fill up. Then, you need to prepare the poultice by mixing flour and hydrogen peroxide (20 volume) together to make a creamy paste. Apply the poultice strictly to the stained area. Cover with some plastic wrap and secure in place with painters’ tape. Seal the edges and allow to dry thoroughly. It takes 24 – 48 hours. Now remove the poultice with a plastic putty knife and rinse with distilled water before buffing with paper towels or a soft white cloth. You might need to repeat these steps a few times if the stain is particularly stubborn.
If you notice that the area has become etched from the stain, it will need to be polished in order to restore the look completely. In addition, if you do not feel absolutely confident in your abilities, it is best to hire an expert.