Everyone loves their pets, but no one loves when their pets pee on the carpets. Unfortunately, it happens sometimes. Luckily, John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County is here to share our best tips to get pet urine out of your carpets for good. That includes the stain and the smell!
Do-It-Yourself Cleaning Solutions
In the days of the internet, it’s easy to find lots of DIY cleaner recipes. Some of these are effective, and others, not so much. Here are some of the best DIY cleaning methods to try to get pet urine out of your carpets.
Remember, when you are using a DIY cleaning solution, you will want to test it on a small spot first, to make sure that it doesn’t damage your carpets. Gently blot the cleaner onto the spot, instead of rubbing. Rubbing will only push the stain deeper into the carpets. It’s also a good idea to use a small amount of cleaner at once and then use more if needed. This way, you won’t end up with too much cleaner in your carpet that can actually attract more stains.
DIY #1 – Vinegar And Baking Soda
This is a popular science experiment (volcanoes anyone?), but the two can also be combined for powerful cleaning properties. To use baking soda and vinegar to remove pet urine, lightly wet the stain with vinegar. Then, sprinkle baking soda on top. You’ll hear the vinegar and baking soda react together, creating a fizzy bubbly sound. This is evidence that it’s working!
Cover the stain with a towel or plastic wrap. Wait for the spot to dry completely (this can take up to 2 days, so be patient). Once it has dried, scoop up the leftover baking soda, rinse the stained area with water, and then pat it dry and vacuum up any excess moisture.
DIY #2 – Dishwashing Detergent
Please note that this is dishwashing detergent, not dish soap! Combine ¼ teaspoon dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray it on the stain and blot. Repeat the process as needed, then towel dry and vacuum the area.
DIY #3 – Hydrogen Peroxide
Mix 4 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide with 2 tablespoons of warm water. Combine in a spray bottle with a few drops of dish soap. Spray on the stain, gently blot, and repeat as needed. When the stain has been removed, lightly rinse the area with water, towel dry, and vacuum any leftover moisture.
Store-Bought Stain Removers
If DIY stain removal methods aren’t up your alley, or you tried them and they weren’t as effective as you’d like, there are stronger store-bought stain removers that you can try. Just make sure that you read the labels carefully. There are many non-toxic stain removers that are safe for your pets, which is important since this is an area of your home they obviously spend time at.
Some popular stain removers include OxiClean, Resolve, or Spot Shot. You can also get a Chem-Dry stain remover from your local Chem-Dry technician.
Before spraying the cleaner, dry up as much moisture as you can with a towel (remember to blot it, not rub). Spray the cleaner then wipe the excess away with a towel. Rinse the area to remove any leftover residue, then towel dry and vacuum.
Always remember to use a small amount of cleaner then repeat the process as needed. Over-saturating the area can deposit dirt-attracting residue to your carpet fibers, which can cause more stains down the line.
Professional Carpet Cleaners
If your pet stains are really tough or you don’t have time (or want to) remove the pet urine yourself, your best bet is to call in the professional cleaners. Professional carpet cleaners will be able to remove deep-down stains that other cleaning solutions can’t touch.
Pet urine soaks beneath the surface to the carpet backing, and sometimes even the carpet pad and hard flooring. As the moisture dries, super-concentrated odor crystals are left behind. These smelly crystals will continue releasing odor into your home unless cleaned by a professional. John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County uses our proprietary Pet Urine Removal Treatment (PURT), which can break down urine crystal at the source.
If you need pet urine removal in Bellingham, WA or the surrounding area, give John’s Chem-Dry a call today!