Accidents happen, no need to blame the animals. In any case, are you interested in learning how to clean pet urine from a brand new carpet?
You’re in the right place. We would like to show you the simplest way to do that.
In this article, we will cover the equipment you will need, and the process behind the cleansing.
Keep reading to learn more.
Before You Start
First and foremost, if there is a solid matter left on the fabric or carpet lift it, and remove it. If it’s just urine, you can skip that step. Make sure to never rub a stain, because that will increase its radius and make it harder to remove.
You can purchase pet stain removers, but if you’re strung for time, you might as well make your own. In any case, it’s not recommended even though the results are more than satisfactory. A better way to approach the issue at hand would be to call a cleaning service provider.
Alright, let’s return to cleaning. If your garment is dry clean only, blot the urine stain with a paper towel. And go to the dry cleaner as soon as possible, and show them the stain.
If you do decide to use your homemade cleaning kit, make sure to apply the solution to the stain before you put any fabrics in the dryer.
This is what you will need for the cleaning process:
- A UV-light to identify urine, if transparent.
- A bucket of water.
- Odor eliminator
- Wet/Dry vacuum
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Fan of some sort
- Dedicated effort and patience
- Pet odor enzymes (optional)
How to Clean Pet Urine: The Process
Now, we get to learn how to clean pet urine. You probably already have an idea as to where the urine spots are. If you have a UV-light, you can use that to identify any hidden stains on the carpet. The darker the room, the easier it will be to see.
Mark the spots with something, anything small you can find around the home. Urine spreads as it hits the floor beneath, so the stain on top of the carpet is only about half the size of the real one.
To start the cleaning, you should vacuum the urine spot slowly and remove as much soil as possible. Some spots might wick back because of the amount of soil. Do your best to control it, and prevent the wicking. Replace markers, if you’re cleaning multiple spots.
Next, you need to soak the stain with a solution of water and 3% vinegar. Usually, vinegar is 5%, so you have to dilute it with 3/2 parts of vinegar to the water. Soak the stain, and allow the vinegar to diminish the alkaline urine salts. 10 minutes is more than enough.
Now, go over with the vacuum once more, and extract as much as possible. Flush the stain with more water and some sort of deodorizer, but it’s not necessary. Keep flushing until water is clear.
If you bought pet odor enzymes, you can use those to consume the bacteria in the carpet. But don’t let them spread too much, because they themselves can create and odor, which occurs over the time that they work.
After flushing out the stain, you need to extract the excess water. Use the vacuum until you feel as if you cannot remove any more. After extraction, blot the area with a paper towel and absorb the moisture from the surface.
The Next Steps
If the carpet is still discolored, you need to determine if it’s the stain or the presence of urine. Smell the area, if you smell urine, repeat the process above. If there is no odor, it’s probably the stain on your carpet. Apply 3% peroxide to remove the yellowing, and make sure the carpet is dry for optimal results.
Next, use a fan to dry out the area quickly, as this will prevent a spot from wicking up. But if you do have some spots wicking back at you, you should repeat the process, because that means you still have some urine on the carpet.
Why Not to DIY
After reading these instructions, are you still worried that something might go wrong? Well, that’s the right way to think about it. If you lack the courage to take the risk in order to remove the urine, then it might be a better idea to let a professional deal with the issue at hand.
In order to return your carpet to pristine conditions, specialist companies exist for that purpose alone, but any general cleaning service provider should be able to help you out. If you want to retain the quality and aesthetic of your carpet, leave it to the pros.
Cleaning for You
Now that you know how to clean pet urine, you are well on your way to determining if you would rather do it on your own or with the help of another. Surely, the latter seems like a better idea, because something might go wrong.
But if you follow the instructions in this article, all shall be well. Best of luck with your cleaning, and we truly hope that your carpet ends up looking better than when it started.
In any case, if you’re interested in employing the services of a cleaning service provider who knows how to deal with stained carpets, get in touch with us and we will happily accommodate your needs.