If you have pets, you know that despite your best efforts sometimes pets pee on the carpet–especially when they are young and just getting potty trained. And if you’ve experienced pet urine in your carpets, then you know that the stain stinks and is difficult to remove. Luckily, we’re pet urine removal experts here at Acme Chem-Dry, so we’ve put together three easy methods to remove pet urine from carpets.
Store-Bought Stain Removers
One of the most popular pet urine removal methods is a store-bought cleaner. There are many stain removers you can purchase in-store, and many of them are effective and non-toxic so they’re safe around your pets. Your needs will vary based on your carpet, but people usually find that OxiClean, Resolve, or Spot Shot are effective.
If you’re working with a fresh stain, dry up as much moisture as you can with a towel (only applying light pressure, too much will push the stain deeper). Follow the instructions on the cleaner, each will be slightly different.
We recommend trying the cleaner in a small, inconspicuous area first to make sure that it won’t damage your carpet. We also recommend starting with a small amount of cleaner (and repeating the process if needed) as too much cleaner will leave a sticky residue that will only make your carpets dirtier.
Do-It-Yourself Cleaning Solutions
DIY cleaning solutions are becoming more and more popular because they are often more cost-effective and environmentally friendly than their store-bought counterparts. Here are a few DIY cleaning solutions you can try to remove pet urine from your carpet.
Mix 4 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide with 2 tablespoons of warm water. Combine in a spray bottle with a few drops of dish soap. Spray on the stain and lightly rinse the area with water. Repeat as needed. Once the stain has been removed, towel dry, and vacuum any leftover moisture.
Vinegar And Baking Soda
Lightly wet the stain with vinegar, then sprinkle baking soda on top. You’ll hear the vinegar and baking soda react together, creating a fizzy bubbly sound. Don’t worry! This is evidence that it’s working. Cover the stain with a towel or plastic wrap and wait for the spot to dry completely (this typically takes up to 2 days). Scoop up the leftover baking soda, rinse the stained area with water, then pat it dry and vacuum the area.
It’s key to use dishwashing detergent—not dish soap. Combine ¼ teaspoon dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of warm water in a spray bottle. Apply to the stain, repeat as needed, then towel dry and vacuum the area.
No matter which method you choose, start by gently blotting the area with a towel prior to applying the solution. You should be aware that even though they are more natural, homemade cleaners do have the potential to discolor your carpet, so be sure to spot-check a small area before cleaning the entire stain.
When you apply the cleaner, remember to gently blot the stained area instead of scrubbing it, as heavy scrubbing can push the stain further into the carpet instead of removing it.
Professional Carpet Cleaners
It can be difficult to remove pet urine stains, and sometimes that worst stains can’t be removed with just a DIY or store-bought cleaning solution. If you’ve tried a difficult cleaning method and found you still have pet urine odors, or if you just want to save yourself a hassle, call the pet urine removal experts at Acme Chem-Dry in Fresno.
We use Chem-Dry’s advanced Pet Urine Removal Treatment, which is designed to break up the odor-causing urine crystals, removing the smell at the source. It’s tested and proven to be effective. If you need pet urine removal in the Fresno and Clovis area, give us a call today!