Getting Rid Of Pet Urine Stains And Odours From Your Carpet
Pets are adorable – right up until they make a mess on your carpet. Those urine stains are an instant turn off, making the room uninhabitable. After all, you can barely relax when there’s that pungent ammonia stench pervading your nostrils.
Why Pets Pee On Carpets
This can be due to a myriad of reasons. It can be behavioural, such as for the pets with separation anxiety, which end up peeing in the house whenever they are left alone. Some are territorial, with your furry friend marking his territory. There are also those pets that don’t take it kindly when additional cats or dogs are brought into the house, and end up messing up your carpeting and upholstery in the premises. Health issues factor in as well, such as for the cats and dogs with urinary tract problems, or issues like incontinence brought about by old age. Puppies that are yet to grasp their house training can also wreak havoc on your unit. Determining the trigger of the pee accidents in your carpet will be key for you to take measures to prevent them from recurring. You don’t want Fluffy picking out a spot on the carpet to keep peeing on, as this will ruin the unit.
In addition to visit to the vet, the carpet will need to be thoroughly cleaned. Urine stains are particularly problematic compared to the occasional drink spills. Firstly, they chemically attack the fibres of the carpet, weakening them. The odour also worsens with time due to the molecular break down of the urine, which leads to more ammonia being produced. When the spot gets wet, the strength of the stench intensifies. The odour permeates across to the different rooms, and is not something that you can easily ignore. The stains need to be dealt with ASAP. But how do you do it? Here are various ways how you can get yourself out of these situations:
How To Deal With The Pet Stains
- DIY solutions
Homemade remedies to salvage the situation can prevent excessive damage from being meted out on the carpet. Note that these come with risks, especially due to the interaction between the chemicals and the particular type of carpet. Remember that carpets come with different materials, and there isn’t a once-size-fits all approach. In fact, this is one of the reasons why manufacturers insist on the buyers of their products getting the carpets cleaned by professionals.
Before you use any of these methods on the carpet, ensure that you have first tested out a small area. Check the effect of the solution the carpet, especially where it causes any discoloration. Also be careful not to scrub the pet stain too hard, as this will cause it to be driven further into the carpet’s fibres. Use a gentle blotting technique instead.
- Baking soda + Vinegar
Here, start by covering the affected area with vinegar. Next, sprinkle some baking soda on the spot. Use a dish or towel to cover the area, and leave it undisturbed for 1 to 2 days.
Remove the cover and scoop the dried residue. Rinse the spot with cool water, and then blot it dry using a towel.
- Using dishwashing detergent
Note that this is specifically dishwashing detergent, not laundry detergent or dish soap. Take quarter a teaspoon of the detergent, and mix it in a cup with warm water. Place this in a spray bottle and squirt it onto the stain. Blot up the contents, spraying the detergent repeatedly as needed. Use a towel to dry the spot.
- Hydrogen peroxide
Take two tablespoons of warm water and mix it with four tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide. Add a few drops of the dish soap, and spray this solution onto the stain. Rinse the spot and then use a towel to dry it.
While these solutions may work, they are usually a short-term deterrent. This is because they usually remove the surface stains, yet the pet urine can have soaked deep into the material. The crystals that remain will continue emitting odours and will also be a hotbed for bacteria.
- Use A Store-Bought Pet Stain Remover
These are formulations that have been developed to particularly deal with pet stains. There are numerous options available, so ensure that you get a product that is compatible with your particular type of carpet.
With this approach, it is recommended that you first use an absorbent cloth or towel to blot away as much of the pet stain as possible, before applying the stain remover to the spot. This enables its action to be focussed on the stubborn material. Follow the instructions on the product label regarding aspects such as dilution ratios to use.
- Call In The Pros
To get the job done right, with minimal risk on your end, simply bring in the professional carpet cleaning crew to handle it. Here, you get a team that has been trained on the different aspects of the job, and has the equipment needed to deliver a thorough clean on your unit. What’s more, they are experienced with handling the different types of carpets, so you can rest assured that the appropriate methods will be used for your particular unit.
Trouble with pet stains? Don’t fret. We have a qualified carpet cleaning team ready to get rid of these stubborn spots. Our personnel use powerful agents that break down the urine stains without posing a risk to the carpet material itself. The stringent training that our crew are taken through ensures that they have what it takes to provide the services, and we have also fully-equipped them with industrial-grade equipment to get the job done. We understand how frustrating the pet stain situation is, and will provide you with a carpet cleaning schedule that will suit your particular needs. Our flexible pricing also enables you to get the task done without putting undue strain on your budget.
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