Are your pets spending more time inside during these colder months?
A common problem that occurs during the winter months is that little accidents may happen when your pet happens to be spending more time indoors.
Unfortunately – as you will know if one of these accidents has ever happened in your home – the smell of pet urine is really quite strong and has a nasty habit of reappearing even when you think you’ve managed to remove the offending stain.
How Pet Wee on Carpet Spreads
Below is a diagram showing how, if left untreated, pet urine can sink much beneath the visible top layer of your carpet.
Fortunately, if you act fast, there is a good chance that you will be able to remove both the stain, and the odour, of the pet wee. even if the area has already dried, if your four legged friend has soiled the same spot just once of twice then the offending spot can usually be fully treated.
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Jump into Action!
Pet wee on carpets is most easily removed when treated FAST. This means getting to the stain whilst it is still fresh.
Follow these three steps for best results:
- Blot the area with a towel.
- Cleanse the area with warm water with a few drops of dishwashing liquid added to it, then dry the area by placing an absorbent towel on the urine stain and standing on top of it to apply pressure.
- Follow by using a safe carpet cleaning solution so that all traces of pet wee are removed.
Pet Wee on Bedding, Blankets, Pillows etc
Accidents happen around the home, and sometimes it’s a doona, pet blanket or pillow that gets in between your pet and their wee! Luckily it’s super easy it simply pick up the soiled item and take it straight to your local dry-cleaner! At elaundry we can help clean most pet wee stains, as well as dog hair and muddy paw marks too if needed.
How to Remove Dried Pet Wee Stains
The trick with a dried, or almost dried, urine stain is to re-hydrate it so that it can then be removed.
Follow this process for when you haven’t been able to treat a pet wee stain when fresh:
- Bi-carb soda is your best friend – sprinkle it liberally onto the stain.
- Pour a solution of 2 cups warm water mixed with 1 cup white vinegar onto the stained area. This should trigger frothing which will help break down the uric salts and odour causing bacteria.
- Use large, clean towels to soak up the area, folded over a couple of times. Make sure you stand on the towels to apply pressure which will help remove as much moisture as possible.
- Sponge the area with warm water and allow to fully dry.
What to do Next
If the odour persists then you may have to use an odour eating enzyme spray, though these can vary in effectiveness and may not necessarily work better than the bi-carb soda and vinegar combination.
Should the problem persist, or your pet has repeatedly gone back to the same spot to wee on, then you may have to call in a professional carpet cleaner who specialises in odour removal.