It doesn’t matter how well-trained your dog is, or how often you follow your potty-break schedule. Sometimes, your dog pees. The best way to make sure that dog urine doesn’t leave a bad stain or stench in your home, however, is to clean it up right away, whether it’s on the carpet, hardwood floor, or somewhere else.
You need to get rid of the smell after your pet pees on the carpet, on a piece of furniture, on your bed linens, or on your clothes. This will keep your pet from peeing again because animals like to go back to places where they have urinated if the smell isn’t completely gone, so it’s important to get rid of it.
To figure out why your pet is acting this way, it’s important to figure out what’s going on given the possibility that this could be a sign of a health problem or stress.
Here is your one-stop guide to getting rid of pet urine smells for a variety of surfaces. Let’s dive right in!
What you should do to assist in removing the odor of cat urine from a surface is as follows.
Locate the stain immediately and blot up as much urine as possible with a clean cloth.
Following that, rinse the area thoroughly with clean water and vacuum the liquid away with a wet/dry vacuum. “Avoid using a steam cleaner, as the heat may set the stain,” Roberts said.
While enzyme cleaners are available in a spray bottle, simply spraying a light amount over the stain will accomplish little. Rather than that, remove the sprayer and liberally douse the area.
Allow the cleaner to sit for 10-15 minutes before blotting with a clean cloth.
To prevent your pet from returning to the area during the cleaning procedure, cover it with aluminum foil or an aluminum baking sheet, or use an upside-down laundry basket.
For older or extremely odorous stains, you may need to reapply the cleaner and allow it to dry.
Urine frequently soaks through the carpet and into the subflooring, leaving a stain and odor that carpet cleaners cannot remove.
If the pet odor persists despite your best attempts at carpet cleaning, neutralize the odor by applying an oil-based stain-blocking primer to the subfloor beneath the carpeting. Replace both the padding and the carpet in that region.
Here are a few simple techniques for removing the pet urine smell from a cushion.
Soak the cushion’s tainted region in water. With a cloth, blot up as much of the urine as possible.
Then, very slowly, pour the enzyme cleanser over and around the afflicted region of the cushion.
Allow 15 minutes before squeezing out as much extra enzyme cleaning as possible and blotting with cloths.
If possible, let the cushion dry outside for as long as feasible. Given that cushions take days to dry, place aluminum foil on the floor before replacing the cushion, then place another layer of foil on top of the cushion to deter your cat from peeing on it again.
Mattresses are made in a similar manner to cushions, therefore, the necessary steps to take are roughly the same.
Soak the mattress’s damaged region in water. With a cloth, blot up as much of the cat urine as possible.
Then, slowly pour the enzyme cleaner over and around the afflicted region of the mattress.
Allow the enzymatic cleanser to rest for 15 minutes before wiping it clean. Make the bed by layering several clean towels over the mattress.
Replace the towels daily until the mattress dries fully. To discourage peeing on the spot while the mattress cures, cover the bed when not in use with a large plastic sheet or tarp. Additionally, you can purchase a waterproof mattress cover to safeguard your mattress against future instances.
If necessary mattresses may require multiple applications to be fully free of urine.
When it comes to linens and clothing, one key tip is to NEVER use bleach—when combined with ammonia and urine, it can produce hazardous fumes.
If your bedsheets and clothing are machine washable, begin by rinsing the stain in lukewarm water in a sink.
Add the goods to the washing machine along with 1 cup baking soda or 1/4 cup cider vinegar.
If the stench of urine persists after the cycle is complete, add enzyme cleaner to the load (as directed on the package) and repeat the cycle.
Always air-dry linens, since the heat from the dryer may seal in the odor before it has a chance to dissipate fully.
You may need to rewash one or more times to thoroughly remove the odor.
- Consult your vet to make certain that the reason for your pet’s inappropriate peeing or pooping isn’t due to bowel or urinary tract issues
- Whatever your dog pooped on, DO NOT use bleaching products. Stick to enzyme-based solutions instead.
- The sooner you act, the more probable you are to get rid of the pee odor.