Removing pet urine from your valuable carpets can be a hideous task. Even after drying and cleaning the spot, you might be left with a terrible lingering smell. This is one of the most annoying incidents that you will probably have to deal with.
But there are a few tips that can help you remove pet urine without using harsh chemicals that can damage your carpet fibers:
Soak up the moisture:
The first thing that you should do before ever trying to clean a pet urine stain, is to make sure that it is perfectly dry. Trying to clean a wet stain can be very difficult. You need to use various white tissues or a clean white cloth to absorb all the moisture before trying to clean anything. Blotting the stain rather ran rubbing it will make the process so much easier.
Use a suitable detergent:
Urine is organic and this is why you should use a special organic detergent with cleansing enzymes. Dish detergents are very suitable for cleaning urine stains. They are designed to clean up organic stains and they are not as harsh as other cleaning solutions.
You can prepare a solution using equal parts of water and a cleaning detergent. Use a clean towel to clean the stain from the outside towards the center of the stain. Rubbing from the outside edges of the stain can make it spread. This will help you clean it better. Use a clean cloth to blot the detergent until it is completely gone. Repeat the process as needed until your spot is perfectly clean. Get some white towels or tissue paper to blot the moisture. Weigh the towels down using some books. You should always wait until the spot is completely dry.
Use baking soda:
Baking soda is a great cleaning agent that can help clean you a stubborn urine stain. All you have to do is to sprinkle some baking soda on the urine stain. Add some white vinegar and you will start to see some bubbles forming. This is perfectly normal as this mixture will break up the urine particles. Moreover, it is very effective in removing the lingering smell. If you want something fresher you can add some lemon juice instead of vinegar. Let the spot air dry completely. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove the baking soda after it has dried completely. You can rub the stain to remove any vinegar residual then let it air dry.
Use hydrogen peroxide:
Hydrogen peroxide is very effective in removing tough stains. Prepare a solution of water and hydrogen peroxide but make sure to try it on a discrete area first. This will enable you to see if your carpets can actually handle the solution. Put the solution in a spray bottle and apply a few squirts to the stain. Let the bubbles work to dissolve the urine. Let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it.
Using the right tools and techniques can help you clean stubborn urine stains. Just make sure that you are testing everything before using it on your expensive rugs and the results will be satisfactory.
Before doing any of these DYI steps, contact us first as we also have a professional product that neutralizes the urine and helps eliminate the odor. If pet urine has soaked through the pad, it actually may be best to replace your carpeting. We are happy to consult you on this.