Do you have a pet dog or cat in your house? If so, then you surely know about the small ‘accidents’ that your pet occasionally causes in the home. Yes, we have all experienced a pet dog or cat peeing on a favorite rug. Because the rug fibers will absorb liquids, it is important to remove the urine as soon as possible. Untreated, pet urine stains your rugs; and it leads to a strong, pungent smell. If you can’t fully remove the urine yourself, and if the odor and staining on the rug are extensive, hire a professional rug cleaning service to solve the problem. Companies that perform rug repair often also offer rug cleaning services. There are many DIY remedies to the problem. However, one must act quickly to achieve the best results.
Removing Dog or Pet Urine Stains
It is important to remove the urineas quickly as possible to preserve your rug. Hopefully, you have found the urine while it is still wet. When the urine dries, the uric acid will leave a stain. Also, the further the urine seeps into the layers of the rug the harder it will be to remove it. Additionally, bacterial growth is more likely when urine dries in the rug.
To remove the urine while it is still wet, blot with paper towels to remove as much liquid as possible. You can also use old newspapers to absorb the urine. Press the papers into the rug for better absorption.
Neutralizing Pet Urine Odor
Pet urine can result in challenges beyond stains. It can also leave an undesired odor for quite some time. Removing the urine quickly will reduce the chance of a lingering smell. Here are some tips to help control and neutralize pet urine odors::
- Soak Up the Urine As Soon As Possible–The first step towards neutralizing pet urine odor is soaking up the urine from the rug while it is still wet. As prescribed above, blot or dab the puddle of urine using paper towels or similar absorbent items. Refrain from rubbing, which can spread urine to other parts of the rug. Exert direct pressure on the paper towels to blot the rug as dry as possible. Dispose of the paper towels immediately to do away with the smell.
- Vinegar Cleaning Solution–Add one part white vinegar to one part water. Urine smells like ammonia, and this is neutralized with white vinegar. After blotting the area dry, pour the vinegar solution on the affected area, and let the solution soak for 10 minutes to reach the deepest fibers in the rug. Use paper towels to blot and dry the vinegar solution. It may be necessary to elevate the rug to aid drying and prevent moisture damage.
- Baking Soda–Once dry, sprinkle a very little amount of baking soda on the affected area to absorb the pungent odor. The remaining odor will dissipate after vacuuming the rug.