Getting rid of a cat or dog urine stain is one thing, getting rid of the smell is another. The problem is normally exacerbated due to the fact that the liquid soaks through the carpet, into the underlay meaning an on the surface clean isn’t enough.
Cats tend to have harsher smelling odours than dogs due to their diet, but nonetheless, dog or cat urine stain can pose a really unpleasant smell in
Steps to remove fresh pet urine stains:
- Dab the stain with kitchen roll. (If it’s quite a heavy deposit, place an old towel for ten minutes to remove the bulk.) Don’t rub as that will rub the liquid into the carpet pile. The aim here is to remove as much excess moisture so use as many paper towels as necessary.
- Once the stained spot is no longer transferring liquid onto the kitchen roll, get some luke warm soapy water and gently rinse the area with a cloth. (Don’t use hot water as this can lock in the urine to the carpet pile.)
- Repeat the dabbing process mentioned in step one to remove the soapy water.
This should hopefully remove the offending stain. However it may not get completely rid of the smell. For this, you may need some white vinegar.
Steps to remove pet urine odour
Word of warning: it would be wise to test the white vinegar solution on a piece of hidden / unseen carpet. You don’t want the pet stain to be gone and a new stain in its place! If all good then …
- 2 parts water, 1 part white vinegar. Apply this onto the affected area with a cloth, and if possible, underneath too on the underlay. The aim here is to thoroughly remove traces of the odour so that your pet doesn’t recognise it as a mark of their territory and return to mark it.
- Leave it for an hour or two to dry and then remove any excess moisture with paper towels.
- If vinegar (nature’s cleaning agent) hasn’t done the trick you would be wise to consider using a pet odour neutraliser treatment. These developed products use science to counteract unsightly smells. They neutralise the odour so that neither you nor your pet can smell it. Plus, they’re usually safe but make sure to check the manufacturer instructions.
- At the end of all this you should be left with a smell free, stain free carpet! Plus, hopefully fido or your feline won’t return to mark the spot again due to it smelling nice as part of your territory, not theirs!
Another word of warning: whilst steam cleaning is normally a popular cleaning technique, the heat involved is not helpful here as it could inadvertently lock in the odour, so leave the steam cleaner alone when removing pet urine stains.