There are those lucky pet owners whose pet has never had an accident or later decided to claim your home by marking it in various places with their urine. However there are those who are not so lucky. Some pets seem to either have frequent accidents or decide to engage in a turf war; especially when there are multiple pets living within your home. Both dogs and cats are guilty of urinating in our homes. Tough Carpet Cleaning will share how you can eliminate that nasty odor from your pet’s urine.
Why Do Pet Urine Smells Linger?
Even after you have cleaned up what you thought was your pet’s little pee spot, your home may continue to smell. You could have also missed certain areas inside your home, regardless of the fact that you may have cleaned the urine stain, you typically miss cleaning the under padding which is still holding some of the urine. The urine that soaked through the carpet and the padding is your biggest problem. When the urine under the carpet is left unattended, the urine will breed bacteria. The bacteria will breakdown and release over time which can cause indoor allergens. Additionally, urine has ammonia and protein in it. This too, will break down into small particles and then create an unpleasant smell.
How to Get Old Dog & Cat Urine Odors Out of Carpet
To actually clean your carpet of your pet’s urine stain is a difficult task. There are a few ways you can go about cleaning your carpets. One is pulling out your carpet and either cleaning the under padding by vacuuming and spraying it down with vinegar, or replacing the padding and relaying the carpet. Both can be problematic especially if you don’t know how to relay carpet. There is another method which is also the most recommended. Follow this step by step process to eliminate urine odor.
• Create a cleaning solution using white wine vinegar and water. Use half and half of each. Vinegar is great for breaking down ammonia and the protein which causes the smell. Additionally, use white wine and not apple cider vinegar as white wine won’t discolor your carpets.
• Pour the diluted vinegar onto the urine stain. Don’t worry about over soaking. Pour enough that you soak down into your carpets padding.
• Allow the diluted vinegar to soak on the carpet for at least 20 to 30 minutes. Afterwards, use a white cloth or paper towel and gently press down on the urine stain–or at this point soak up as much of the vinegar as possible. Allow the rest to dry on its own.
• Once the carpet is dried, sprinkle baking soda over the stop to help pull the remaining odor out of your carpet. Be liberal with the baking soda and let it sit on the carpet for at least 30 minutes.
• Vacuum up the baking soda. At this point you should have an odor free home.
Carpet Cleaning, Stain & Odor Removal & More in the Las Vegas Valley, Summerlin, North LV & Henderson Nevada
Your greatest weapon to combat pet odors is vinegar and baking soda. Make sure if you’re a pet owner to keep your weapons on hand and well-stocked. For a deeper clean, Tough Carpet Cleaning specialists can help you combat your pet’s stains and odors in your home. With our cleaning crew’s experience and state of the art carpet cleaning equipment, we can help make your carpet clean and odor free. Contact Tough Carpet Cleaning today.