You love your cats and dogs but you’re probably not fond of the urine stains they accidentally leave behind on your carpet. The good news is that if you catch the urine stain while it’s still fresh, not dried into the carpet, you can follow these few steps to clean it right up.
The most important thing is that you dilute the urine and get it out of the carpet.
- Use water to blot the spot with a white absorbent material. Your best bet would be a cotton towel. Continue to wet the towel with more water and blot until no more urine is being removed.
- Only at this point can you now use your store bought bacteria-enzyme pet urine remover to clean out the remaining urine or odor.
- If you don’t have a pet urine remover, use the following as a back up:
- Clean the area with a diluted neutral detergent.
- Take a tablespoon of household ammonia to a 1/2 cup of water and blot until no more urine is removed.
- Neutralize with 1 part white vinegar to 2 parts of water and blot the area.
- Blot up any remaining moisture by pressing or padding the area with the absorbent white towel and weight it down. Allow to dry for 6 hours.
- Always test your spotting solution in an inconspicuous area.
- Urine stains may cause permanent dye removal from fibers.
- Urine could have penetrated the carpet and may have contaminated your under padding. Cutting and replacing this section of pad is best.
- If you need help, you can find a IICRC certified carpet cleaner in your area by going to www.iicrc.org.