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Pet urine creates an unpleasant odor and permanently penetrates fibers. It can also make it nearly impossible to remove stains with ordinary cleaning.
Start by soaking up as much of the puddle as possible. Press firmly using paper towels or a microfiber cloth. Stand on the towel to speed up absorption.
Eliminate the Odor
When dog urine dries, it can produce a strong ammonia smell that’s difficult to remove. In most cases, the odor is also embedded into the carpet and pad. A quality enzymatic cleaner will break down the urea in the urine and eliminate the odor. Avoid using steam cleaners on pet urine stains and spots, as the heat can set them. Enzymes work best on fresh stains and will not degrade over time. Continue reading below for an effective pet urine removal.
Baking soda is another good choice for cleaning up fresh pet odors. Sprinkle liberally over the spot and let it sit for an hour undisturbed before blotting and vacuuming. This will work on most fresh stains but will not be effective if urine has had the opportunity to soak into carpet fibers, backing, and padding. A professional odor removal service will use a UV light inspection to find all the odor sources in your home and treat them all. This service is valuable for homeowners and sellers as it can help sell homes faster and prevent low-ball offers.
Eliminate the Stains
Urine deposited on carpets and area rugs does more than leave an unsightly stain. It also penetrates the fibers and contaminates the rug’s backing and the flooring material underneath. Pets who continue to mark their territory in the same areas can cause extensive damage that requires professional treatment.
When a urine stain occurs, act quickly to avoid permanent damage. Using a paper towel or microfiber cloth, blot the wet stain dry. Avoid rubbing the stain, which spreads it around and worsens the odor. Blotting works best if the urine is fresh and hasn’t been allowed to set.
If a spot is still wet, apply a commercial pet stain remover according to its instructions. Then, blot with a paper towel again until the stain is dry. Pre-treat the spot with a pet-safe enzymatic cleaner if it is already dry. To finish, wash the fabric with a cup of baking soda and pet-safe laundry detergent to eliminate the smell and stop the stains from returning.
Prevent Recurring Problems
Professional cleaners remove the odor and stains by pulling up carpet sections and using UV light inspection. They also use enzymatic cleaners that don’t mask or cover smells by creating competing scents. Instead, these neutralizers change or absorb odor chemicals.
Urine spots not cleaned quickly can resurface and cause significant damage to the carpet, pad, and sub-floor. Urine can permeate the carpet fiber, tack strip, and the house’s framework behind your carpet.
Recurring pet stains can be avoided by making sure your pets have an outdoor bathroom area and keeping them on leashes when indoors to prevent overly enthusiastic marking behaviors. Also, remove anything that might encourage urination, such as guests’ belongings and new furniture. Finally, regularly clean the carpet and remove pet urine stains before they have time to set in and become permanent. This is especially important in summer when rugs and carpets are more likely to be exposed to moisture and odors.
Pet urine stains and odors can create problems for the lifespan of your carpets and other materials in your home. Professional pet odor removal services will eliminate the smells and help reduce the risk of mildew and mold growth from trapped moisture in the carpet and padding.
Expert cleaners will treat pet stains and odors using a specialized process to remove them from your home. This treatment can also revive the color vibrancy in your carpets and other fabrics, making them look brand new again!
A professional carpet cleaning service starts by inspecting your carpet and determining the damage and odor caused by urine. They will use a unique tool to locate hidden urine stains and determine the best way to clean them. After that, they’ll employ several techniques, such as enzyme cleaners, to eliminate the stains and smells and bring back the original beauty of your carpets.