At Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Denver, our pet-owning customers often ask how to remove pet stains and odor for good. We’ve seen that our furry friends can cause quite a bit of damage, even if it is not at first apparent to the eye – or nose. But we also know that with the proper care on the part of the homeowner, there are ways to prevent excessive damage when pet accidents happen.
What’s the Big Deal, Anyway?
In case you’re wondering why pet urine is such a problem let’s talk about what happens when your pet urinates on the carpet. When you notice your pet freshly urinating on the carpet, you might think that sopping it up with a paper towel and putting a little disinfectant on it is sufficient. Immediate action like that is, of course, desirable but not always.
One step further. What about when you don’t catch it right away? That little spot that you find in your carpet might not look that bad, but that’s because the urine has already mostly soaked into the padding underneath the carpet and spread out. On average, you can expect a wet spot in the padding about three times the size of the one in the carpet.
You might be thinking, well even that doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. As long as the pet isn’t urinating on the carpet all the time, eventually the moisture will have a chance to dry naturally. A little disinfectant on top to keep the germs and bacteria down and just let evaporation take care of the rest.
Trust us when we say that we wish it were that easy!
The trouble is that pet urine stains contain these pesky little crystals of a substance called uric acid. If you don’t adequately combat that uric acid and eliminate it completely, it is impossible to remove the stain fully, and the odor it leaves behind.
Plus, finding all the spots can be a challenge. If your pet spends any time at home alone, he has ample chance to relieve himself without you even realizing when or where he did. Even when you are home, you’re probably not watching every second.
Plus, some dogs get excited and pee a little when a new person comes over or something scares them and you won’t necessarily see them squat or lift a leg and make a big production out of peeing. It can be hard to find every last one of these little spots, and use of a black light helps immensely in this process.
When you do see where they go there are home remedies that can at least provide immediate relief but over time that uric acid will continue to build up and start causing problems. Even many soaps and commercial cleaners aren’t fully equipped to thoroughly clean the carpet as they don’t have the proper compounds for breaking down and eliminating uric acid.
That’s where professional carpet cleaners come into play. We have both professional products designed to thoroughly combat uric acid, and everything else that comes along with pet waste, as well as deep-cleaning techniques and methods that work.
What You Can Do Between Cleanings
Now that you understand why pet urine is such a headache, let’s talk about what you can do to reduce pet stains and carpet odors in between professional cleanings. It isn’t necessarily difficult to clean up the spots, but the right product and method should be used in order to obtain satisfactory results.
Two points to note. First, choosing an enzymatic cleaner will help to deal with the uric acid problem, but be sure to read the label and use the soap according to its particular recommendations. They aren’t all the same. You might pay a little bit more for it, but in the long run, you will thank yourself. Second, attacking that urine when it is as fresh as possible is the best way to eliminate it as much as possible.
So, let’s get to step-by-step instructions to show a proper pet urine cleaning process. However, as we mentioned, be sure to read the label on your cleaner and follow the specific instructions you find there.
- If there is any solid waste, gently pick that up first. Be sure not to rub the carpet fibers as that can cause a stain to set at this point in the process.
- Next, apply a few layers of paper towels and thoroughly blot the spot to get out as much of the liquid as possible. Again, don’t rub, just apply pressure and let the towels perform their absorbing action.
- Once you’ve got out as much liquid as possible, thoroughly soak the area with cleaner. This is a step that many homeowners don’t get right; they don’t put enough cleaner on the spot. Remember that the spot in the padding underneath the carpet is about 3 times as big, so you have to add enough cleaner to soak that entire area thoroughly.
- Now you can leave it to sit for a while and let the cleaner do its thing. Check the cleaner’s label for the recommended amount of time for your particular product. Cover the spot with a piece of cardboard to protect it from traffic while the cleaner works.
- After the recommended time has passed, come back with more paper towels and blot up the moisture. You can put a piece of newspaper over the top of the paper towels to help with absorption and just change out the paper towels as they become saturated. Depending on the size of the accident and the amount of cleaner uses, you may have to do this multiple times.
This is a good fix for the short term. Eventually, you will need to call in the professionals, particularly if you have a lot of old stains or your pet keeps having accidents. Remember, the only way to effectively remove pet stains and odor for good is with professional products, methods, and know-how.
Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, we make the process as painless as possible for customers and know how to remove pet stains and odor for good. Our friendly staff will come out to your home at your convenience and work quickly to leave your home smelling fresh, clean, and free of pet stains.