A pet can truly be your best friend and companion, but if yours is still a puppy / kitty and hasn’t caught on to the fact that the centre of your living room carpet is NOT the ideal place to “make its mark”, your task will often be to deal with the aftermath.
We feel your frustration and have come up with a number of solutions to help you and your buddy out. Even though your carpet should be cleaned regularly with a carpet cleaner, you might not need to bring out the big guns just yet.
A timely response
It is important to note that your approach to cleaning the stain should vary based on when you detect it. If you’ve managed to catch your pet in the act, you can probably salvage the situation completely.
First, take some paper towels and blot the spot thoroughly to soak up as much of the urine as possible and keep it from penetrating through to the pile. Next, put a drop or two of detergent onto the stain and add a little water to dilute and clean the remainder of the urine. Lastly, get a regular towel and step on the spot a few times to soak everything up.
If the stain isn’t exactly ancient but you don’t know when it happened, more aggressive measures might be in order. The old vinegar and baking soda trick can work wonders here.
Spray some baking soda onto the wet patch and let it sit there for a while, preferably until tomorrow. Then apply some distilled white vinegar and watch it bubble up. Don’t be alarmed because this means it is working. Alternately, you can mix up the soda and vinegar in a spray bottle and apply that to the stain.
Once the cleaning process is complete, blot as much of the leftover liquid as you can. A good alternative at this point is hydrogen peroxide.
Spray some of it onto the spot and clean everything up after 15 minutes. Just be sure to test the peroxide on a spot that isn’t generally visible first to avoid discolouration of the carpet.
You can also opt to buy an enzymatic cleaner. These break down proteins in the urine that cause bad smells and remove it in a matter of hours. They are also safe for your pet since they aren’t toxic.
If all else fails:
The real problems start when the stain is old and the smell has managed to penetrate all the way down to your carpet’s pile. All of the previously described methods are effective mostly on the carpet’s surface and upper layers and won’t be able to get rid of the smells locked away inside the deepest reaches of the carpet.
If it comes to this, your best option is to get a good quality carpet cleaner. They do a great job of penetrating straight through to the pile and neutralising any kind of smell.
Not only will your carpet be urine-free, it will also smell great and the cleaning treatment will refresh its pile.