With family pets, pee occurs, typically occurs on carpets. But there’s no have to panic. There are numerous techniques of eliminating dog urine– and the distinctive odor it produces– from carpets without using chemicals that may be harmful to you or your puppy.
How to Clean Dog Urine
Jothan Hatch, the nationwide training director for Chem-Dry carpet cleansing, has a pup named Koda who’s still refining toilet training. In some cases, when he gets over-excited, he “leaks,” says Hatch. Thankfully, Hatch understands a bit about rescuing carpets.
“Your best defense as quickly as you see an accident is to blot as much as you can with towels,” he stated. “Then, put a few drops of green meal cleaning agent and a little water on the area, position a towel over it and step on it so it takes in as much as possible.”
If you notice a wet spot that might have happened previously in the day, sprinkle it with baking soda and let it sit overnight, said Annie B. Bond, green living expert and author of Clean and Green. After the spot dries overnight, spray it with distilled white vinegar and don’t be worried if the carpet bubbles a bit while the substances connect to clean.
Another method to use vinegar and baking soda, a staple in the green cleaning toolbox, is to blend them together in a spray bottle, stated green cleaning coach Erinn Morgan, author of Picture Yourself Going Green. She suggests blending one cup of distilled white vinegar with one cup of water and two heaping tablespoons of baking soda. Shake it up, spray it on the carpet, let it sit for 5 or 6 minutes, then gently blot it up with a fresh fabric, she said. The mixture will stay powerful for a few months, so you may wish to mix up a batch and keep it on hand if you have a puppy.
Leslie Reichert, a self-described “cleaning coach,” editor of Clean Green Living Magazine and author of The Joy of Green Cleaning, prefers to strike dog urine stains with a few squirts of hydrogen peroxide. Spray the stain, let it bubble up (that suggests it’s working) and let it sit for 10 to15 minutes prior to sopping it up with a rag. “Be sure to spot test first to make sure the hydrogen peroxide does not stain your carpet,” she said.
The leading store-bought items made for getting rid of the stain and give off animal urine from carpets use the power of enzymes to do the work and are non-toxic for family pets. Enzymes are proteins that help kick off natural chain reaction at the molecular level, and the enzymes in animal carpet care items connect themselves to the molecules that make up the urine and bacteria that eat it (producing the nasty smells) and catalyze their breakdown.
There’s no need to wash or blot the enzymatic cleaner, you merely let it do its work, liquify and dry. The length of time needed depends upon what version of cleaner you purchase. Some need 24 hours, while major spots might take up to 2 weeks to completely dissolve the odor and stain. Sometimes the odor becomes worse prior to it gets better, so do not be dissuaded. In the store, search for the variation of carpet cleaner that’s developed particularly for animal urine removal and is readily available in liquid or powder formula.
Products that use more standard methods of cleaning with solvents (to liquify discolorations) and surfactants (surface active agents that “damp” the carpet) might not be as efficient and can really deactivate enzymatic cleaners. Keep an eye on the component panel for chlorine, ammonia and sodium lauryl sulfate, as these can be harmful to family pets (and people, too). If the item’s directions direct you to keep animals and children away from the item after it has actually been applied, you may want to reconsider using it in your house.
How to Remove Dog Urine Smell from Carpets
For more stubborn stains and fragrances, there are numerous green enzymatic cleaners you can discover to spray on your carpet or, if you have older spots to tackle, think about renting a carpet-cleaning maker from a local shop. Rinse the tank out well prior to use and don’t use the chemical-heavy cleanser that’s frequently offered with the rental. Rather, Bond suggests utilizing a natural cleaner or a combination of white vinegar and water.
Numerous vacuum brand names offer smaller versions of wet-vacs for home use that retail in between $150 and $200. These convenient devices spray, brush and remove stains on their own and offer a variation of their concentrated cleaner that’s developed particularly to treat pet discolorations.
If you’re confronted with set-in discolorations or smells you can’t eliminate, it might be time to call in an expert, as in some cases spot-removal isn’t enough, Hatch said. “Unfortunately, urine doesn’t simply remain at the top of carpet, it soaks into carpet padding and support and can even soak into the sub floor,” he said. Spot cleansing can just get the urine at the face fibers of the carpet, and to genuinely remove the bacteria and the odors they can create, you’ll need an expert, he stated.
Chem-Dry has specialists who are specially trained to assist get rid of pet urine from carpets and will use UV glasses and black lights to scan your carpet for long-dried discolorations. When the technicians identify where the discolorations are, they’ll use machines to treat it with a non-toxic solution the company has actually been using for 15 years. The solution “comes in contact with the urine particles and breaks them apart. Left without treatment, urine uses up to 5 years to off-gas on it’s own. The oxidizers do this work within hours, not years,” Hatch said. The specialists leave the solution on the carpet to work for 24 hours, after which time the urine, bacteria and any smell will be gone.
“Accidents can happen,” Bond said. “But there’s always ways to bring your home– and your carpet– back to a healthy location.”