This article is about how to get dog urine and the smell out of your carpet. As a dog lover you already know that accidents happen.
You may have gone to that party you thought about all week & maybe got home way later than you thought you would. You open the door and your best friend looks at you with a look that says, ”I’m sorry but I can’t turn a doorknob.” The smell that is coming from somewhere in your home is unmistakable.
The smell that is coming from somewhere in your home is unmistakable. Your home has the smell of a kennel and you then must act like a CSI agent to find the smell. Worse yet, you may have found it right away when you slipped on something in the kitchen. Either way you want relief and you want it now!
You go to the pantry to get a fresh roll of paper towels and are relieved that they are the extra absorbent and the super strong type with the beefy guy on the package. After cleaning up you mount an assault on the odor using a bazooka size air freshener, you fumigate the entire room. The new fragrance in your home is wonderful.
But the urine smell comes back and you look and now you have this ugly stain even though your carpet is brown. With your eyes watering and your nose plugged you go online to find a remedy. The Internet is home to the grand world of Do It Yourself or DIY. You can find the household remedy that looks something like this:
Homemade Dog Pee Smell & Stain Remover Ingredients:
Liquid Hand Dishwashing Soap
3% Solution of Hydrogen Peroxide
Steps For Rug Urine Removal:
1. If the area is moist you should try to absorb the dog pee.
Leaving it there to dry out encourages bacterial growth, and that is what causes the smell. Take several paper towels over the wet area and walk on it. Repeat this several times to get as much of the dog urine out as possible. If the area is dry, you'll locate the problem areas with the aid of a black light. Dog urine stains will fluoresce, or light up, under the ultra violet light in a darkened room. You may be tempted to save the expense of a black light and find the odors by using your nose instead, but we recommend the black light method. This gives you the best idea of the exact area where the urine has pooled.
2. Mix a solution that is equal parts vinegar and water.
Mix enough to reach the carpet fibers down to the baseboards. Work the solution in with a scrubbing brush to ensure it penetrates the carpet fibers below. Now blot the area again using the paper towel. Repeat the blotting several times. The vinegar conteracts the ammonia in the pee. You can rent a wet/dry shop vacuum and use it to remove excess moisture. Getting out excess moisture is key.
3. When dry, or nearly dry, sprinkle a handful or two of baking soda over area.
Next take half a cup of 3% peroxide and add a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent. Do not use the detergent you use in your dishwasher, you want to use some kind of hand dishwashing soap. With plastic gloves on, gently pour the mixture over the baking soda. Work the dissolving baking soda into the carpet fibers with your fingers or a scrub brush. Finally, dry the area completely and vacuum thoroughly.
Now How Do I Get Rid Of The Smell Of Pee?
All DIY projects seem to leave something out that cause the project to not come out the way you had expected. In order to remove dog urine from carpet or even a dog stain about half a gallon of a cleaning solution is required and must be left to dwell for at least 5 minutes. One step up from using the DIY solution is to rent a 'shop vac'. The question is will your shop vac remove all the solution from your carpet and below your pad? Most know vacuums do not have the lift required to remove pet urine and cleaning solution from under the pad. Failure to remove the solution from your carpet and pad will cause your carpet to have an odor and you will be disappointed.
The remedy is to call a certified carpet cleaner to deal with your issue. They will have the classroom as well as hands on training in how to get dog urine out of carpet. Truck mounted systems and high-end portable carpet cleaners have the vacuum power to remove the cleaning solutions from deep below the carpet, in the padding. A certified carpet cleaner will have the experience to remove urine and the brown dog urine stains.
Today's article is by Allen Ellis, owner of A-Team Residential and Commercial Services.
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