When house training a new puppy or kitten, it is incredibly important that you are able to completely remove both the stain and the odor that an accident can leave behind on your carpet. This is because as long as your furry friend is able to smell their own scent, they will continue to use the bathroom in this spot despite your best efforts to train them otherwise. The good news is, removing pet stains and odors can be easier than you think.
What You Will Need
- black light
- odor neutralizer (can be found at your local pet store)
- white towels or cloths
- warm water
- spray bottle
- white vinegar
- baking soda
Step 1: Identify The Accident Zone
If your pet had an accident while you were away from home, it is quite possible that any urine stains will have dried completely before you are able to tend to the problem. In this situation, it may be difficult to identify the exact spot where your pet used the bathroom using nothing more than your sense of smell. Thankfully, it is possible to locate the accident zone quickly with the use of a black light.
In order to quickly identify the presence of urine in your carpet, begin by turning off all the lights and then shining a black light over the carpet. Any urine stains in the carpet will glow beneath the black light regardless of how old they are. Once you know exactly where the problem is, lightly outline the area with chalk so that you can easily identify the spot once the lights are turned back on.
Step 2: Clean The Stain
If you are lucky enough to catch the stain while it is still fresh, begin by soaking up as much urine as possible using paper towels or clean white cloths. While you can use any type of cloth that you like, using colored cloths may result in dye being transferred to your carpet so it is always best to stick with white cloths when completing this task.
Once you have removed as much of the stain as possible, mix a cleaning solution of five parts warm water to one part white vinegar. Next, add a few teaspoons of baking soda to the cleaning solution and mix thoroughly. Using your spray bottle, spray the entire stained area with your cleaning solution until the area is damp. Allow the cleaning solution to sit for a few minutes as the vinegar and baking soda work to release the stain. Finally, continue blotting the stained area with white cloths until the entire stain has been removed.
Step 3: Neutralize The Odor
While the previous step will allow you to effectively clean the soiled area, it may still leave a slight odor behind that your pet is able to smell, even if you can't. In order to ensure the odor is completely eliminated, you will need to purchase an odor neutralizer from your local pet store or other retailer.
While some neutralizers are available in spray form, others will be made available in a carpet powder. To ensure the best possible results, be sure to follow all application instructions found on the packaging of the product you ultimately choose.
The ability to quickly remove pet stains and odors from your carpet is essential to your ability to house train your pet and keep your house smelling fresh and clean. Thankfully, by following the steps above, this cleaning process can be both easy and effective. For other carpet cleaning needs, speak with a professional from a company like Cleanbrite Carpet Cleaning.