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Old 06-27-09, 03:32 PM   #1
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Stain removal advice- Bad kitty...

I know there are websites out there dedicated to this sort of thing, but sometimes it takes awhile to sort the wheat from the chaff...

Anyhow, one of my cats decided that my 3-month old IKEA Karlstadt couch looked like a great place to take a dump. We bought this couch in part because the slipcovers are removable and washable, but I still had to suppress the urge to skin her alive...

The slipcovers are light blue cloth with a tight weave. Laundry instructions say Machine wash 60, no bleach, no tumble dry, iron on high, dry cleanable.

I might have gone about washing it all wrong. I took the unsoiled slipcover off, set the washer to Permanent Press long cycle, Cold/Cold, and used my regular Tide liquid. Washed both covers together to help keep the machine balanced. Looks like I could have/should have used hot water.

The problem is that the stain is still there. I tried to get as much of the poop off as I could, but some was more liquid. Used an antibacterial wipe to try and wipe/soak more of it up, but it didn't really help.

I can wash it again, but don't want to make things worse than they already are. I'm willing to try pretreatments, vinegar in the washer, etc. But really don't want to set the stain if possible. New slipcovers are available, but not for free.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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There was a recent thread on removing pet stains. The best solution is getting a good enzyme cleaner.
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Here's the link:
My dog messed herself on my couch...for real.
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Try OxyClean. Soak the fabric overnight and see if it removes itself. I use it to remove blood stains and it works well.
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I just tried my mother's advice to use Spray N' Wash and then run it thru a heavy duty cycle with cold water. Mom doesn't like using the heavy duty cycle cause she says it tears up the washer, but I don't really care. There is just the very slightest remnant of a stain now. I'm debating trying it again. I know it's just a couch and not a museum piece, and as such it's going to get stuff on it. I'm just trying to make it last and look good as long as I can.
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I just tried my mother's advice to use Spray N' Wash and then run it thru a heavy duty cycle with cold water. Mom doesn't like using the heavy duty cycle cause she says it tears up the washer, but I don't really care. There is just the very slightest remnant of a stain now. I'm debating trying it again. I know it's just a couch and not a museum piece, and as such it's going to get stuff on it. I'm just trying to make it last and look good as long as I can.
Simple Solution...dont use soaps etc...follow the directions and it works well.
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