3 Ways To Effectively Remove Pet Urine And Odors
Pets are the best, which is why as a family it makes sense to put up with the messes they make. They bring so much joy into our family, but that doesn’t mean that pet urine is a joy to clean. Our carpet cleaning professionals compiled the 3 best solutions to remove pet stains and odors from carpet.
DIY Cleaning Solutions
Because of the internet, making your own cleaning solution is popular these days. The biggest reason DIY cleaning solutions are taking over because is the money saving aspect. Additionally, there are some great DIY cleaners that can lift surface stains naturally, and sometimes more effectively than store bought cleaners.
The first step is to gently blot the urine with a towel before you apply your cleaning solution. It is important to note: DIY homemade cleaners have the possibility of discoloring your carpet. Because of this, it is important to spot check before putting your cleaning solutions on the stain to make sure it won’t ruin your carpet.
The second step is to apply your homemade cleaning solutions and gently blot the area. Be caution! If you scrub the pet urine stain too hard it will shove the stain deeper into the carpet.
To be safe, when using DIY cleaners make sure you use a small amount at a time then dumping cleaner all at once. This can leave a residue behind that can attract more dirt and stains in the future.
DIY #1 – Vinegar And Baking Soda
Vinegar and baking soda reacts together on the stain with a bubbly fizzing sound you will be able to hear. This means it is working! To clean with vinegar and baking soda first wet the stain with vinegar and sprinkle baking soda on top.
Next, completely cover the stain with a clean towel or plastic wrap. After the spot is dry (in most instances 2 full days), scoop up the baking soda on top and rinse the urine spot with water. After you pat the spot dry, vacuum up any extra moisture.
DIY #2 – Ammonia
Many DIY cleaners include the ingredient of ammonia. Rinse the stained area with 2 tablespoons and 1 cup of water 1-2 times and towel dry. Vacuum away any extra moisture.
DIY #3 – Dishwashing Detergent
Combine ¼ teaspoon dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of warm water in a spray bottle. Apply to the stain, repeat as needed, then towel dry and vacuum the area.
It’s key to use dishwashing detergent—not dish soap.
DIY #4 – Hydrogen Peroxide
Mix 4 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide with 2 tablespoons of warm water. Combine in a spray bottle with a few drops of dish soap. Spray on the stain and repeat as needed. Lightly rinse the area with water, towel dry, and vacuum any leftover moisture.
Store Bought Stain Removers
There are multiple stain removers that you can buy at your local grocery store that work effectively. Make sure you look for safe non-toxic cleaning formulas safe for pets and your family.
First, dry up as much moisture as you can with a towel, and then spray the stain with a cleaner. Our team recommends Resolve, Oxiclean, or Spot Shot for store bought stain removers. After you spray the urine stain, wipe excess away with a clean towel. Rinse the area on your carpet to remove residue then towel dry and vacuum the area.
Always remember to use a small amount of cleaner then repeat the process as needed. Over-saturating the area can deposit dirt-attracting residue to your carpet fibers.
Professional Carpet Cleaners
When you are dealing with pet stains repeatedly, you will notice that it takes a lot of work to stay on top of it and clean it correctly. There is one big problem with the DIY or store-bought remedies listed above. Spot treating removes only the stain on the surface of your carpets, not deep odors or stains.
Unfortunately, your pets urine can soak through your carpet to the pad and hard flooring underneath. When the moisture of the urine dies completely, you are left with odor crystals. These crystals will continue smelling unless a professional cleaner comes in.
If you have pets scheduling a pet urine removal treatment every 3-4 months is critical to keep your home healthy and happy. Professional carpet cleaning will remove stains, bacteria, and odors caused by the pet urine stains in your home.
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