Having an animal companion in the home can make your life more rewarding and enjoyable. From the house training stage up through the pet's old age, pets may have occasional accidents or intentionally spray carpeted areas of your home, leaving you with a smelly and unsightly situation. With some time and elbow grease, you can rid your home of most pet odors and stains.
New Pet Stains
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If the pet stain is still wet, following these steps can help you get rid of the odor and discoloration before the stain sets. Using paper towels or a clean old rag topped with a stack of newspaper, soak up as much of the liquid waste as possible. Let the absorbent materials sit on top of the area for one minute while you apply pressure to speed the soaking process. If necessary, take off the damp newspapers and add a new dry layer of paper. Repeat this until the urine stops soaking through. If it was a cat that left the waste, put the urine soaked paper towels and papers into the litter box. Rinse the area with clean water until there is no longer an odor of urine. Dry the carpet with a wet / dry vacuum.
Old Carpet Stains
Set in pet stains can take a while to get rid of the odor and discoloration. You may need to rent the equipment to get the job done. Use a wet vacuum or extracting carpet cleaner to force clean water through the pet stain. You might need to do this several times to thoroughly extract the pet waste. Use a pet stain odor remover or an enzyme cleaning solution to cleanse the stained area. Neutralizers won't work until the last remnants of the stain have been extracted from the carpet.
If the pet's waste has soaked through the carpet pad or even the sub-flooring, it may be in your best interest to have a new carpet installation done. Your pet may keep urinating in the same area due to the smell of the carpet and padding. Getting rid of the scent by replacing the carpet and flooring underneath may be needed to completely rid your home of the odor. You might even consider replacing the carpeting with another type of flooring that is less likely to absorb odors or discolor from urine; linoleum or vinyl flooring are good choices for homes with pets. You may also need to retrain your pet on appropriate elimination and reward him or her for good and appropriate eliminating behavior.