Owning a pet is often one of life’s greatest pleasures; however, the fun quickly comes to a screeching halt when the beloved dog or cat decides to use the carpet to go potty! Animal urine can leave not only an ugly stain on the carpet, but also a nasty odor that is impossible to ignore. Many pet owners try to clean up the mess but get frustrated when their efforts do little to fix the problem.
We’ve put together a list of the five most successful ways to remove pet urine from carpeted areas. Before trying any of these remedies, it’s important to test them in an inconspicuous area to ensure that they won’t further stain the carpet.
One should also start by blotting up any excess urine with a dry towel or rag, then carefully apply the solution without scrubbing it into the fabric. Start by using small amounts of the solution and then applying more as needed.
*Always use a WHITE terry cloth towel. Colored towels can bleed into the carpet. Gently blot to remove the soil and solution. Hard scrubbing can distort the carpet fibers and cause more problems.
1.) Vinegar and Baking Soda Solution
Take some white vinegar and spritz the soiled spot on the carpet. Once the urine-soaked area is thorough saturated in vinegar, apply a thin layer of baking soda to the top. The two ingredients will sizzle as the urine is being removed. The spot should be covered until it is dry, then vacuumed and rinsed with pure water.
2.) Hydrogen Peroxide
This simple solution uses an ingredient that can be found in most medicine cabinets. Simply combine 4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with 2 tablespoons of warm water along with a few small drops of dish soap. The solution can be mixed in a spray bottle and then used to spray the urine stain on the carpet. After the stain has been lifted, the excess solution should be removed with pure water, and the area dried and vacuumed.
3.) Dish Washing Liquid
Using 8 teaspoon of dish washing liquid mixed with one cup of warm water, it is possible to create a mild urine remover. The solution should be mixed in a spray bottle and then spritzed on the urine stain until it is dampened but not saturated through to the carpet backing. Once the dish washing liquid is in place, the area should be towel blotted, dried and vacuumed.
4.) Store Bought Solutions
While at-home remedies may work well on some stains, many people choose to purchase carpet spotters that are specifically made to remove pet urine and odors. While some homeowners shy away from carpet solutions for fear of chemicals, there are many solutions that are non-toxic and safe to use around pets. OxiClean, Spot Shot, and Resolve pet spot remover are just a few of the many carpet cleaners that can be picked up at stores and easily applied to the carpet.
5.) Call a Professional
While do-it-yourself solutions and carpet cleaners can do a lot to remove stains, some jobs are simply too big for a homeowner to tackle. Depending on the amount of pet urine, it may have soaked through the fabric and into the padding and sub floor, making it impossible to remove the odors that are hidden below the surface.
Also, pet urine dries over time to an alkaline salt and can be very difficult to remove without professional knowledge, solutions, and powerful vacuum & higher cleaning temperatures.
At True North, we have extensive experience removing pet urine stains and odors. We know how to get below the surface to remove any urine that has soaked through the carpet.
For more information about our services or to set up an appointment, call us at 360-223-0330.