Thursday, 15 March 2012

Removing Pet Urine

I am an expert at removing pet urine. From the time I was born to now, we have had 12 animals that have lived at my parents at one time or another. I have found that once one animal pee somewhere, the others would just do it for the sake of it.

Step 1 - Blot the Urine
Your first step to cleaning a stain is to blot the liquid with paper towels until the towels no longer show any discolouration.

Step 2 - Use a Brush
It may be necessary to scrub the carpet. Start from the outside of the stain and move to the centre. Never scrub outward as you may spread the odour further out in the carpet.

Step 3 - Natural Pet Urine Remover
I have found the best products to use are hot water, white vinegar, baking soda, and lemon. I have also heard of using rubbing alcohol and club soda but have never tried.

I have used 1 cup of hot water, 1/4cup white vinegar, and if on hand All Purpose Cleaner. I use the lemon to get the vinegar smell out because after a while your house will smell like vinegar.

Rubbing alcohol can be applied directly to the stain. Allow it to soak, and then rinse the spot with cool water.

The acidity of white vinegar kills bacteria that causes odour, making it a good choice for a cat urine remover. Mix 3 parts water with 1 part white vinegar (spray bottle is a good idea). Put the solution on the stain. Rinse the area with soap and water.

Baking soda with water works as well. Apply the mixture to the carpet and rinse with soapy water. You can also sprinkle the baking soda directly onto the carpet to absorb the odour and liquid and vacuum it up.

Lemon also works since the acid eliminates odour causing bacteria. Squeeze lemon juice in some water and then scrub the soiled carpet with a cloth or brush. Rinse the carpet with soap and water.

Step 4 - Cat Urine Remover

Don’t ever use a cleaning product that contains ammonia on a cat urine stain because it will make the odour worse. Immediately clean up cat urine until there is no odour left, or the cat will continue to urinate in the same spot. Problems associated with a cat frequently urinating on the carpet are a dirty or inaccessible litter box, a dislike for certain kinds of litter, or stress due to separation anxiety, loneliness or illness.

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