If you have ever gotten a new pet, you have probably had the unfortunate experience of needing to clean pet urine out of carpet. If you haven’t, count yourself among the extremely luckily. If you haven’t had to in the past, but are planning on surprising your children or significant other with a new puppy this holiday season, you should probably just understand that there is a learning curve for both you and the pup. This learning curve means that you should know that you will inevitably need to clean the carpets for this reason in the near future.
Pet urine is an extremely potent smell. It is not the type of stain that you can cover with furniture and hope no one will notice. This makes it extremely important that you clean the carpet quickly, and properly the first time for the best results. Let’s go through on of the most trust DIY recipes for treating pet urine and cleaning carpets.
- The first step is to get as much urine out of the carpet as possible. A good way to do this is to put a towel down and step on it. Repeat this until you are unable to get anything else out. Having your shoes on is definitely recommended for this step.
- The next step is to mix up the recipe. You will need vinegar, warm (not hot) water, and baking soda. Many people do not feel the need to measure it out exactly, as it is a pretty forgiving recipe, but you will mix equal parts making vinegar and water. If you have a small spot, you can start with a cup of each. If it is bigger, feel free to make a bigger recipe. For baking soda, it is recommend to use a table spoon of baking soda for every cup of water (ex. 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, 2 tablespoons baking soda).
- Completely wet the area with the mixture you have created. Spray bottles can make a convenient method of dispersal, but gently pouring is acceptable too.
- This is the easiest step, but the step often cut short. You need to wait. Give the mixture time to soak in and do its job. Five minutes might not be long enough to put your feet up, but it is long enough to take a quick break to play with your pup.
- After letting the mixture soak, it is time to rub the mixture in a little more. As you rub the mixture in, you will also begin to soak up it up as well. Continue until it is as dry as possible. This should have cleaned the carpet, gotten rid of the stain and neutralized the smell, but you can repeat a second time if needed.
DIY methods are not for everyone, and they might require more work for set in stains or more gentle methods special carpets. If you can’t get a stain out, do not want to attempt yourself, or want to avoid the risk of damaging your special carpets, there are professionals who can handle the job for you. The professionals at Sweet’s Chem-Dry specialize in stains cause from pets, so you know that you can trust even the worse accidents from your new puppy to them.