Use carpet stain remover if the area still looks stained after it’s completely dry after extracting and neutralizing. Avoid using steam cleaners to clean urine odors from carpet or upholstery. The heat will permanently set the stain and the odor by bonding the protein into any man-made fibers. Avoid cleaning chemicals such as ammonia or vinegar. Strong chemical odors may encourage your pet to reinforce the urine scent mark in that area. Your job will be more difficult if urine has soaked down into the padding underneath your carpet.
In some cases, you may need to replace portions of carpet and padding. If the wood on your furniture, walls, baseboard or floor is discolored, the varnish or paint has reacted to the acid in the urine. You may need to remove and replace the layer of varnish or paint. If you do so, make sure the new product is safe for pets. In some cases, old messes will have dried invisibly and be hard to locate. Use your nose to sniff out soiled areas. Examine the suspect area closely to catch hard-to-find soiling.
If you have a black light, use it to identify soiled areas, and lightly outline the areas with chalk. As long as your pet can smell their personal scent, they will continue to return to the «accident zone. Have your pet checked by a veterinarian to rule out medical causes for the accident. Understanding your pet’s motivations will make it easier to them on the right track again. Are You and Your Cat Ready for Litter Box Success? The re-training period may take a week or more. Remember, it took time to build the bad habit, and it will take time to replace that habit with a new, more acceptable behavior.
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Every other Sunday, you’ll receive an email chock full of expert tips and pet advice, plus the latest news, pet food recalls and fun facts. Whether your pooch has had an accident or is making sure everyone knows the house is his, you want to rid the area completely of the urine and any lingering odors that accompany it. Whenever cleaning pet urine, wear rubber gloves to protect your hands. Start by mopping up the mess or use old towels or paper towels to soak it up. Next, you will need to treat the area for odors and stains. There are a variety of commercial pet urine removers available. Nature’s Miracle is a well known brand with a high success rate.
Pets is another product designed for removing a variety of stains and odors that works well. Both are effective at removing the stains and lingering odors that come from dog urine. Some have found white vinegar to be effective in removing pet odors as well. Apply your selected cleaning product liberally to the area. For carpet or padded furniture, make sure you apply enough to reach the bottom of the stain so all of the odor is removed. Some cleaning products will recommend that the product be scrubbed and rinsed, while others are left to air dry. The extra time on the stain allows the product time to break down the urine proteins and odors to remove them completely. Multiple treatments may be necessary, particularly for absorbent surfaces like upholstery. If using vinegar, allow it to dry on the area. If cleaning a hard floor, simply apply the product and wipe the area clean with paper towels. Note that cloths or old towels can be used as well, but they will also hold the odor, even after a regular washing.