How to Remove Pet Urine from Carpet
Any pet owner will tell you that all pets have the occasional accident. Whether it’s a new puppy learning the ropes, or an aging friend unable to control himself, it happens. For that reason, pet owners should know how to spot treat the accident and when they should call in a professional to remove pet urine from carpet.
DIY Pet Urine Removal
Most accidents produce two separate issues – an odor and a stain.
Neutralizing the Smell
If your puppy gets excited and gives a little squirt, there is really no need to call the carpet cleaners. For small accidents, keep a mixture of 1 cup water and 2 Tbsp white vinegar on hand in a spray bottle. Blot the urine with a paper towel and lightly spray the area with the diluted vinegar. Don’t go crazy or you will trade the smell of urine for the smell of pickles. After the diluted vinegar dries, the urine smell should disappear.
There are other methods, such as baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. However, you don’t want to run the risk of discoloring the carpet. The best option for masking the smell of pet urine is an enzyme spray. Mike Robertson at College for Pets recommends Zyme-Away and we would agree. Enzyme sprays attack and remove pet urine from carpet, which also eliminates the smell.
Removing the Stain
Neutralizing the smell is only part of the treatment. You also need to treat the stain. Even if do not see a spot right after the accident, one can develop over time. Urine has a bleaching effect. If you do not remove pet urine from the carpet, it will cause fading.
Soak up as much of the liquid as possible. Use a commercial spot cleaner (found at the store with the cleaning supplies) to treat the area. Follow the directions from the manufacturer carefully. Do NOT forget to test a small section of carpet in an out of the way place, like a closet. Once the spot has been cleaned, don’t forget to spray your enzyme cleaner. Without extraction, there is no way to remove all the pet urine from the carpet.
A puppy’s small piddle spot is nothing compared to cat spraying or a full-grown labrador losing it on your carpet. Adult animals urine smells, and there is usually a lot of it. Cats and dogs both (but definitely cats) like to mark their territory. Your cat can be completely housebroken and still, out of the blue, decide to mark a spot on the carpet. Enzyme sprays help but cannot completely eliminate the odor.
Hot water extraction is considered the best treatment for removing pet urine from carpet. A professional carpet cleaning company has the equipment to do a hot water extraction and clean your carpet all the way to the padding underneath.
For homeowners living near Bristol IN, call Spectrum Carpet & Upholstery Company for pet urine removal. Our carpet cleaning service technicians are certified and trained, each with over 20 years of experience.