Those of us with rabbits know at least two things: 1) sometimes rabbits make big messes, and 2) they are exceptionally sensitive to toxins. You cannot use bleach or other toxic chemical around rabbits or their environment. Rabbit owners use a lot of vinegar for cleaning.
When the 3M company (the company that sponsored the 'Cute but Caught' messiest pet contest) sent me a sample of Pruven Pet Stain and Odor Remover to try out, I was pleased to find out that it is safe to use around rabbits and other pets, and I read up on the product while I waited for my rabbits to make a mess.
The main ingredient in Pruven Pet Stain and Odor Remover is hydrogen peroxide, which leaves the treated areas safe for pets and children. The product can be used on rugs, carpets, upholstery and pet beds, although of course the manufacturer suggests you test the surface for color-fastness first. The product is marketed as ‘permanently eliminating pet urine, feces and vomit stains and odors’.
I grew impatient waiting for my rabbits to make the type of mess that Pruven Pet Stain and Odor Remover would be useful for (note: it will NOT clean up hay enthusiastically flung about, nor any type of pellets scattered about the room). I remembered a latch hook throw rug that was looking the worse for wear (it is very difficult to effectively clean a latch hook rug. You cannot throw them into the washing machine, trust me). With nothing to lose, I applied the Pruven product to a very, very old bunny urine stain on a very, very old wool throw rug. I expected very little, as this stain had been there for months despite a vinegar treatment.
I saturated the stain with the product and watched as the stain began to fade literally right before my eyes (see the slideshow photos). It was really quite amazing. I now have a big clean spot on that throw rug.
Since then, I have used the product on stains on both clothing and upholstery: tea, coffee, soda, ice cream drips, etc. The product is very convenient and works more effectively against stains than does plain hydrogen peroxide. I find that I do not need to completely saturate a sofa cushion, for example, to achieve good results (making this VERY convenient for cleaning up upholstery stains).
The manufacturer notes that it is safe to use on rugs and carpets including wool, nylon and stain resistant carpets, but that it is not for use on silk, leather, unsealed wood, and wood floors damaged by water. I think this is a very handy product to have, regardless of whether or not you have pets.
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