How to Clean Pet Urine from Carpet – a Step by Step Guide
Owning pets is a true blessing but every once in a while, accidents happen. Are you struggling to keep up with the pet stains on your carpet? If so, you’re definitely not alone. Pet urine is not only odorous but it can damage the carpet in your home if left untreated.
Want to know how to clean pet urine from your carpet? Keep reading below as we share some of our best tips!
How to clean pet urine from carpet
There are several ways that you can remove pet urine from your carpet. To determine which way is best, you first need to determine if it’s a new or set stain.
New stains are just that – new. They are discovered within minutes of the incident, when the urine is still wet. Set stains, on the other hand, have fully dried into the carpet, leaving behind their yellow residue of dread. If you need help with either type of stain, rest assured. There are ways of fixing it!
Just discovered a new urine stain in your home? No problem. First, make sure there aren’t any others by checking around the house. Then put your pet away for a few minutes and follow this simple step-by-step process to remove the urine before it sets:
- First, make sure to blot the area with a clean microfiber towel or paper towels to absorb as much urine quickly. It is important that this is done quickly to stop the urine from drying into the carpet. Make sure that you apply pressure with the towels and keep pressing until the area is no more than slightly damp.
- Next, use a shop vacuum to remove excess urine from the carpet. Similar to a carpet cleaner, this high-performance suction device can get down into the crevices of the carpet and pull up moisture you can’t see. Don’t have a shop vacuum? That’s okay, just spend more time blotting up as much moisture as possible with the towels and move on to step 3.
- Then, create a cleaning mixture and spray it directly onto the carpet. There are plenty of urine cleaning mixtures out there on the market, but a typical recipe includes ¼ tsp dishwashing detergent and 1 cup warm water. If you would prefer another recipe, just be certain that it doesn’t contain bleach or bleaching products.
- Once that has been applied, let it sit for a few minutes. Then scrub it with a cleaning brush to make sure the cleaning product gets into all the fibers on the carpet.
- After spraying the area with a cleaning mixture and scrubbing it in, rinse the area thoroughly with warm water. When done, blot the moisture up like you did in step 1 or use a carpet cleaner to suction it up out of the carpet. Remember, the carpet should not be soaking but just a little damp.
- Still see the remnants of pet urine in the carpet? Repeat steps 1-4 until it’s all gone. Then, make sure your pet stays away from the area until it’s dried completely.
Do you have a set stain on your hands? Don’t worry, it happens. Sometimes, we just don’t catch them in time and they dry quickly. In this case, not all hope is lost. There are ways to save the carpet from irreversible damage.
First things first – consider using a carpet cleaner machine to attack that set-in stain. Not only does it mix the cleaner and the warm water together but it makes the process much simpler. Don’t have one? That’s okay, just follow this process:
- To fight set-in carpet stains, purchase a high quality stain remover and odor neutralizer. You can find these at most grocery stores. Just make sure you choose one that doesn’t have bleach in it, so you don’t end up with bleach spots in place of urine.
- Next, soak the area with the cleaning product you selected and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. This allows the cleaner to get deep into the carpet and pull up the stain that has dried into it.
- After waiting 5-10 minutes, scrub the area with a cleaning brush and then rinse the spot with warm water.
- Finally, dry the area with towels, making sure to get most of the water out of the carpet. It should feel no more than a little damp when you’re done.
- Still stained? Repeat the above steps 2-3 more times. If you are still struggling to get the stain up, you may need a professional to replace parts of the flooring and padding.
Prevent future incidents
So now you know how to clean pet urine from carpet successfully. That’s great! Now, you need to prevent future incidents. To do so, make sure that your pet does not return to the same area. As long as they are able to smell it, they’ll continue to think that the space is a potty spot. Then, have them checked by a veterinarian to make sure there are no health or behavioral issues going on. Chances are, it’s nothing serious. However, it’s best to be on the safe side!
Ask a professional
Are you still struggling with pet urine in your carpet, and you’re just not sure what to do about it? Contact Allied 24/7 Restoration! We specialize in all restoration services ranging from carpet and floor cleaning to fire and mold remediation.
Don’t live with the stains of pet urine in your home. Call us today, we can help you get your home back to perfect condition in no time!