If you have a cat or a dog at home, accidents are bound to happen once in a while and they can leave behind a very objectionable odor. Removing pet odor from carpets can seem like an overwhelming task, but knowing the correct steps can help you to effectively remove nasty pet odors.
At EH Clean, some of our clients throughout the Bay Area have pets, so we are familiar with how to alleviate this issue promptly.
Here are a few suggestions that can make the entire experience a little less daunting:
If you need to remove general pet odors from your carpets, a heavy sprinkling of baking soda over the entire surface will absorb and neutralize odors. The soda should be allowed to sit undisturbed for a few hours before being vacuumed. This can help with the odors left by pet fur and things tracked in from outside, but it doesn’t work as well on urine accidents. Other cleaning steps need to take place before using baking soda to remove a urine odor.
Whenever possible, it’s very important to tackle a urine accident immediately after it happens. The first line of defense against lingering odors is to remove as much of the urine as possible during this initial cleaning.
To do it right, you will need:
As soon as a fresh urine stain is discovered, a layer of absorbent towels should be laid over the top. Newspapers, which are very absorbent as well, can be laid over top of the other towels. (Newspaper should not be placed next to the carpet, however, because the ink will bleed into the carpet fibers.) A heavy object should then be placed on top of the towels and newspapers, or you can stand upon them. The pressure will help the towels to absorb urine that has seeped into the carpet padding.
Once the towels are wet, they should be replaced with dry towels and the process repeated. New towels should be used until no more urine can be absorbed. This is absolutely essential, no matter how long it takes. Any urine that is allowed to remain will most certainly cause unpleasant odors.
If urine is discovered on the carpet after it has dried, cool water can be used to loosen it and allow it to be absorbed. Several cups of water should be poured over the stain–enough water to reach into the carpet padding without making the area soggy. After the water sits for a few minutes, it can be absorbed with towels and newspaper as described above.
When cleaning the urine accident, it’s important to use a cleaner that will neutralize and destroy the odor-causing compounds. Both baking soda and vinegar are able to neutralize odors naturally. Vinegar makes a good stain remover as well and can be used in place of a commercial cleaning agent.
A combination of one cup plain white vinegar, one cup water, and 1/4 cup baking soda can be scrubbed gently into the stained area with a damp cloth or brush. The area should then be allowed to dry completely, which may take from four to eight hours. After it is dry, the vinegar smell will be gone and the baking soda can be vacuumed.
If you prefer to use a commercial cleanser, it’s important to choose one that contains live enzymes. These work to remove pet odors because they literally digest the bacteria that cause the unpleasant odor. The product should be applied according to its label directions.
You may be able to detect a urine odor but unable to figure out its origin. A quick and simple way to locate these hidden urine spots is to use a black light. When the room is dark, the black light bulb can be turned on and will reveal any areas of urine with a bright white or yellow glow. Once you’ve located the spot, it can be cleaned as usual.
Before removing pet odor from carpet, any cleaner should be tested in a hidden area–such as inside a closet or in a corner. The cleaner can be applied to a small area, which should then be checked for colorfastness after about 24 hours.
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Sources: Dogtopia and PetSitters.org
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