This article is about how to get dog urine and the smell out of your carpet. If you are a dog lover you already know that accidents happen. You may have gone to that party you thought about all week and got home way later than you thought you would. When you opened the door your best friend looks at you with a look that says, ”I’m sorry but I can’t turn a doorknob.”
And 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. Ripping open the package you assault the offensive sausage or mop up the little ocean of urine. After cleaning up the land mines or your yellow river 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 until midnight when everything turns back into a pumpkin. The urine smell comes back and you look and now you have this ugly stain even though your carpet is brown. You now have a urine smell in your carpet or worse. Pet urine in carpet can be very difficult to remove and the land mines smell is just as bad.
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. Stain removal is no exception. You find the household remedy that looks something like this:
Pet Urine Smell and Stain Remover Ingredients:
Liquid Dishwashing Detergent
3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1. If the area is still wet you should first attempt to absorb the dog urine. Leaving it there to dry out will encourage bacterial growth, which causes the odor. The best method is to place several layers of paper towels over the wet area and tread on it to soak up as much of the dog urine as you possibly can. You may have to repeat this several times. Sometimes accidents have already dried because you did not notice them before. You can find dried spots on your carpet with the aid of a black light. Dog urine stains will fluoresce under the ultra violet light in a darkened room; you can always save the expense of a black light to find the odors by using your nose instead.
2. Mix a solution of fifty percent white vinegar and fifty percent water. You must use an enough amount of this solution to reach the carpet fibers deep down. 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. The vinegar will neutralize the ammonia of the urine. If you own a wet/dry shop vacuum use that to remove excess moisture.
3. When the area has dried or almost dried sprinkle a handful or two of baking soda over the soiled area. Mix half a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of detergent. Plain liquid dishwashing detergent like Palmolive is quite suitable. Do not use dishwasher detergent like Cascade. Put on a pair of plastic gloves and slowly pour the hydrogen peroxide and detergent mixture over the baking soda. Work the dissolving baking soda into the carpet with your fingers or with a scrubbing brush. Allow the area to dry completely and then vacuum thoroughly.
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. 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.
Lastly, if this has happened to you, you may want to read about How To Crate Train A Dog.
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