There are few things worse than having your beloved dog or cat foul up your brand new carpet. One mistake or accident might be excusable, but repeated offenses call for better training of your pet. That’s on you, it’s not their fault and worse yet, you now have an incredibly expensive wee-wee pad lying in your living room or den.
That long lasting carpet of yours probably isn’t completely ruined at this point but if you don’t take action soon, it will need to come out because you just won’t be able to eliminate the smell.
Pet urine has an unpleasant, pungent aroma one that will keep attracting your pet back to the same spot as animals will use their urine to mark territorial boundaries and act as a signal for future bathroom breaks. You need to prevent that from happening and it starts by taking the necessary measures to get the urine out of the carpet.
Meridian Chem-Dry’s cleaning service can help, offering a full array of cleaning services to help make any carpet look, feel, and smell like you just installed it. But sometimes you can’t always call the experts because pet messes require immediate attention. The faster you act, the more likely you can prevent pet messes from creating permanent damage to your carpet fibers.
So the next time you furry friend doesn’t make to the back yard or the litter box, here is some helpful advice for lifting that urine right out of the carpet:
Always Blot, Never Wipe
Whether it’s fruit juice, red wine, or pet urine, the cardinal rule is never wipe or scrub a spill. You must always blot at it, because doing otherwise could run the risk of driving that liquid or substance deeper into the carpet fibers to permeate the backing material and the padding beneath.
But this is even more critical for pet urine because you must absolutely keep this type of liquid from getting under your carpet or you will be living with the smell constantly. The only way to remove it then is to tear up the carpet, throw out the padding, and start over again. Needless to say this can be an expensive endeavor.
So the next time your cat or dog pees on the carpet, act fast and blot only. This will allow you to absorb excess moisture and clear it from the carpet immediately, keeping most of it on the surface of the fibers as best you can. After you get that, you can then go about the next phase of your clean-up.
Cleaning Up the Mess
So now what? You’ve blotted the accident with a handful of paper towels, working feverishly and delicately to keep the urine from soaking through to the floor, and you need to clean up what’s left in the fibers.
There are a few options to consider as you attempt to eliminate the stain from setting in, some of these are a little more powerful than others, but then you may be dealing with a pet mess that happened a few hours or days ago.
Sometimes the most basic of alternatives is the best one to use and so once you’ve finished blotting, put some dish soap and a small amount of warm water on the affected area. Next, place a towel on the wet spot and apply pressure so that your towel soaks it all up.
This part is critical but be careful about how much water you use because too much moisture could soak under the carpet and into the pad, causing it to get trapped underneath. That could result in the development of mold and mildew, which is harmful to your health and you may end up tearing up the carpet and the padding after all.
But what about those messes that occurred hours or even a couple of days after the fact? There is a good solution available for that possibility as well. Just grab some baking soda and sprinkle it over the affected area on the carpet.
Leave it there for about 12-24 hours, then afterward, spray some distilled white vinegar over the baking soda. It’s okay if you hear fizzling, that’s just the two ingredients interacting with each other to eradicate the mess in your fibers.
When you’re done use some towels to pick up the mess with a clean rag or cloth. Once that’s all finished, your carpet should look and smell as if nothing ever happened. That’s important because even a hint of urine in the air will attract your pet to the same spot making them think that is where they should do their business again and again.