This article is about how to get dog urine and the smell out of your carpet. If you are a dog owner, you already know that accidents are going to happen. You may have gone out to do a couple of quick errands to the store and maybe it took you a little longer than you thought it would. When you finally made it back, and opened the door, your dog looks up at you with a look that says, ”I’m sorry but I couldn’t wait any longer.” And then you notice that unmistakable smell that is coming from somewhere in your home. Your home has the smell of a kennel and you then must act like a urine detective to find the scene of the crime. Worse yet, you may have found it right away when you stepped in a wet spot in your carpet in socks or bare feet. Either way you want it gone and you want gone now!
You go to the kitchen to get a some of paper towels and are relieved that they are the extra absorbent and the super strong type with the beefy guy on the package. Ripping open the package you assault the offensive lump or mop up the little ocean of urine. After cleaning up the pile or the small pond you then start to make a effort to eliminate the odor using a spray air freshener, you fog up the entire room. Congratulation, the new smell in your home is great until your about to finally go to sleep and then you start to dream your smelling dog urine, until you realize it’s not a dream. The urine smell has comes back as bad or worse than it was before.
While holding your nose plugged you go online to the web to find a fix. The Internet is the easiest and fastest place to look up something for the Do-It-Yourself or DIY. Urine stain removal is no exception. You’ll quickly find a household remedy that looks about like this:
• Baking Soda
• White Vinegar
1. If the area is still wet you should first attempt to absorb the dog urine. Leaving it there to dry out will encourages bacterial growth, which causes the odor. The best method is to place an old towel or several layers of paper towels over the damp urine soaked area and blot it to soak up as much of the dog urine as you possibly can. You may have to do this this 3 or 4 times. Sometimes these urine spots are already dried because you did not find them before. You can find dried spots on your carpet with the aid of a UV / Black light. Dog urine stains will glow under the ultra violet light in a darkened room; or you can try saving some money by getting down on your hands and knees and using your nose instead.
2. Mix a solution of fifty percent white vinegar and fifty percent water. You must use an enough amount of this solution to reach the carpet fibers deep down. Work the solution in lightly using a brush to ensure it penetrates deep into the carpet fibers below. Now blot the area again using the paper towel. The vinegar will neutralize the ammonia of the urine. If you own a wet/dry shop vacuum use that to remove excess moisture.
3. When the area has dried or almost dried sprinkle a handful or two of baking soda over the soiled area. Mix half a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of detergent. Plain liquid dish washing detergent is quite suitable. Do not use dishwasher detergent. Put on a pair of plastic gloves and slowly pour the hydrogen peroxide and detergent mixture over the baking soda. Work the dissolving baking soda into the carpet with your fingers or with a scrubbing brush. Allow the area to dry completely and then vacuum thoroughly.
All Do-It-Yourself projects seem to leave something out that cause the project to not come out the way the way it said it would. In order to remove dog urine from carpet or even a dog stain about half a gallon of a dog urine cleaning solution is required and must be left to dwell for at least 15 minutes. The question is will your little shop vac remove all the solution from your carpet and below your pad. Most vacuums simply do not have the water lift required to remove all the pet urine and cleaning solution up from under the pad. Failure to remove the solution from your carpet and pad will cause your carpet to still have the odor and you will be disappointed.
The remedy is to call a professional carpet cleaner to deal with your urine issue. They have the knowledge as well as the proper training in how to get dog urine out of carpet. Truck mounted systems and high-end portable carpet cleaners have the vacuum power to remove the dog urine cleaning solutions from deep below the carpet, and out of the padding. A certified carpet cleaner will have the experience to remove urine and the yellowish brown dog urine stains.