Removing Stains and Odor
Stains happen. When you have pets, it is inevitable, but you keep them around anyway. Knowing how to clean up problem areas promptly and thoroughly is key to keep the house clean and get rid of urine smell.
Whether your problem is on the floor, furniture or even the bed, learn the right tools and steps to get the job done right.
How to Remove Stains from Mattresses
Sometimes accidents are unavoidable. Whether it’s a pet or a child, at times mattresses get urine stains. No matter how or when the stains occurred, there are ways to get it out.
If you catch the stain before it sets in, while it is still damp, you have a good chance of removing it. Start by soaking up the urine with a rag or sponge, as much as possible.
Then use a clean wet cloth to soak the area further with water. Spray with vinegar to kill the smell, and it is an excellent way to kill bacteria that causes odor. Allow to air dry, preferably in direct sunlight, which can bleach the area further.
Even if the stain is dried and set in, you can still work to remove it. Use a clean wet rag to make the area slightly damp again and lessen the stain’s area.
Again, allow the mattress to dry completely, in direct sunlight if possible. Then vacuum up the excess borax.
Stains happen when you have pets, not just on mattresses. Floors are the most common location for accidents and stains, and it’s important to remove both the stain and smell to prevent a reoccurrence. When a pet can feel the site of an accident, they are more likely to do it again in the same spot.
Make sure you find all of the spots your pet has soiled. You can find them by smell, or by using a black light.
On carpet, if you find a recent accident, it’s the easiest to clean. Like the mattress, soak up as much wetness as possible first. Once it is cleaned up as much as possible, spray fresh water on the area, and use a wet vacuum or soak it up with a clean cloth. Soap or detergents leave a residue that attracts dirt and stains.
If the stain is already set and dry, a wet vac can also help. Steam cleaners make it worse, and the heat sets the stain further. With any urine stain, use plain water as chemicals can be hazardous to pets and only masks any odor. You can also use vinegar for its antibacterial and odor-neutralizing properties.
For wood floors, if urine isn’t cleaned up quickly enough, the acid in urine can discolor the wood. In that case, the paint or finish may need to be removed and replaced.
If you find a fresh puddle, it is easy to clean up. Soak the urine up with paper towels then sprinkle the area with baking soda. Leave it overnight then vacuum it up in the morning. Finish up by cleaning the area with a mixture of water and vinegar and drying thoroughly.
While urine is a more frequent indoor problem, at some point your cat will miss the litter box, whether it’s an accident or on purpose, or your dog will have a poop accident in the house. Its when you first think about how to get dog poop out of the carpet. It is much grosser and way more important to clean up properly.
First things first, remove the solid matter as quickly as possible with some scooper.
Once it is cleaned up, prepare a 2:1 mixture of water and vinegar and spray the area thoroughly. Let it sit for at least five minutes to soak in. Blot the spot and repeat until clean. Sprinkle baking soda on the area and leave overnight to remove any lingering odors. Vacuum it in the morning.
How to Remove Pet Odor from Carpet
A common complaint about dogs is their ‘dog smell.’ It’s the natural odor dogs have. Not only does your pet smell like dog, but they leave everything they touch smelling like the dog as well.
This smell is produced like any other, combining their sweat with the oils their body produces to mark territory and identify themselves to other dogs.
These natural smells are one thing, but they can also be joined by others like ear infections and problems with the anal glands when they need to be drained. Other smell-producing problems are dental and skin infections.
If any of these health problems are contributing to your dog’s smell, addressing them will reduce those odors. For general dog smell, keeping your dog bathed and groomed will reduce odor as well. A change in diet can also contribute to a shift in odor as well, such as a diet richer in fatty acids for skin that is less dry.
One thing that should not be done is giving your dog a bath more than once a month, and not using carpet shampoos with fragrances that could irritate your dog. Showers with water only are okay when needed. Brushing the fur often to keep it clean can also help with the smell.
Besides borax, vinegar, and baking soda, it is important to use safe cleaning products when cleaning spots your pets have access to. You can also use hydrogen peroxide and dish soap mixed to get stains out of carpet or upholstery without leaving a residue.
However, the best product to use when cleaning up pet urine is an enzyme cleaner. When cat urine dries, the chemicals in it are breaking down produce the ammonia-like smell. Enzyme cleaners break the chemicals down into gasses, which evaporate.
To remove pet urine with an enzyme cleaner, after blotting up all the excess liquid, apply the enzyme cleaner liberally. Let it sit for at least twenty minutes, covering the spot, so the cat will not try to mark the area again. Aluminum foil works to protect the area from being disturbed.
After letting it sit, soak up the excess cleaner and allow to air dry.
If the urine stain is old, repeat this process a few times until the area is clean.
This process can be used on furniture and mattresses as well.