There are few things more unpleasant than having to clean out old pet urine stains from your carpet. It can be a tricky thing to do right without damaging the carpet or pushing the odor further down into the fibers of the rug. Luckily, there are a few handy tricks that anyone can use to eliminate pet odor in a snap. Here are some of the best tips for cleaning pet urine from carpet.
Blot and Clean
As with most stains, if you get to them quickly enough you can cut the amount of damage almost in half. If you know a stain is fresh (i.e. the odor is stronger, the patch is still damp) always use the blotting method first. Take a damp paper towel and dab the area gently. Afterward, take a few drops of cleaning detergent or pet cleaner spray and douse the offending area. Place a dry paper towel over the wet spot and stand on it for a few seconds to allow it to soak up as much dampness as possible. If this still doesn’t work, repeat these steps and allow the stain to soak overnight.
Use Green Cleaners
Many pet owners notice a distinct difference between using green products and more chemical sprays and cleaners. While chemical cleaners are fast-acting and target odor effectively, they tend to leave a strong odor of their own, as well as unpleasant sticky residue. Though a chemical cleaner’s natural scent may at first overpower the smell of the pet stain, it’s not the ideal fix in the long term. Many of the best green cleaners use enzymes to soak up and overpower the stains and can be left overnight without causing a powerful odor or leaving aresidue. Enzyme-based cleaners are also great for breaking down the bacteria left by a urine stain.
Use a Wet-Vac
If you’re dealing with a stain that’s leaked through the rug (pets all have favorite spots, and sometimes this causes leakage) before even treating the rug, it’s important to clean the wood floor beneath so that your odor problem doesn’t become even worse. Using a wet-vac can be great for treating the floor beneath the rug as well as the rug itself, spraying cleaner deep into the rug’s fibers for a deep, powerful clean that instantly eliminates clinging odors and bacteria.
Experiment with DIY Sprays
There are many alternatives to store-bought pet strays that you can make right at home, using ingredients you most likely have laying around your home. For an older stain that you’ve just noticed, experts have suggested sprinkling the area with baking soda and leaving it to soak in overnight. The cleanup is quick, requiring just a quick dusting off of the area in the morning. Vinegar can also act as a powerful deodorizer and cleaner, especially when mixed with baking soda and water to create a cleaning spray. Hydrogen peroxide, when mixed with baking soda and a small amount of eco-friendly dish detergent, can also work wonders on older stains. If you’re looking to mimic the quality of a store-bought enzyme cleaner at home, collect old lemon rinds and mix them with water for a naturally-occurring enzyme-based cleaner that will work to stop odor dead in its tracks.
Trust It to the Professionals
Sometimes, even the best-laid plans go amiss. If you’re finding you’ve tried absolutely everything to rid your carpet of a pesky stain, it’s probably time to call your local Carpet Cleaning Experts can talk about what you can do next. Professional cleaners are able to come into your home and clean the offending area of your carpet without using water, offensive chemicals, or arduous cleaning methods. You can trust that your carpet will be cleaned quickly and without any waste to the environment. When it’s done, you’ll have a carpet that looks as good as new.
Take Preventative Measures
One of the best ways to fight stains is to make sure they don’t occur. That is, to do what you can to make sure stains don’t get out of control in your home. If you have a pet that’s prone to leaving stains or marks, or a pet that is beginning to suffer from incontinence, line your carpet with pee pads each morning and replace them with fresh ones every night. If you’re noticing that the problem still isn’t going away after a while, schedule an appointment with your vet.