You love your pet, but you don’t love the pee accidents they sometimes have on your rug. It can leave a stain and smell that your pet will recognize and return to pee there again. This is a normal pattern for pets – they recognize their own scent and will continue to repeat the bad habit unless the spot is completely and thoroughly cleaned and leaves no hint of the scent of urine.
Steps to cleaning a pet pee stain on your rug
- Blot the spot:
With a clean cloth, blot up as much of the pee as you can. Do not rub or it will spread the urine to other areas of the rug, as well as it can damage the carpet fibers. Proper blotting requires putting the cloth over the spot and use firm pressure to soak up the stain. After applying pressure, leave the cloth sit for a few minutes to several hours. Blotting is an important step in the cleaning process, so don’t skimp on the time you spend blotting if you continue to pull up wetness.
- Dilute the spot:
Help dilute the urine with water. This makes it less concentrated and easier to clean. To dilute the pet stain, use approximately 8 ounces of water, slowly pouring it over the spot then gently blotting it with paper towels. When there is no more signs of yellow, you know the spot has been successfully diluted and it’s ready for cleaning.
- Carpet cleaner:
Spray a carpet cleaner over the surface of the spot. Scrub over the spot well with a carpet cleaning brush.
- Enzymatic carpet cleaner:
An enzymatic cleaner work differently than basic carpet cleaners. They contain bacteria that conveniently digest the mess left by pets. A neutralizer will work as well. Apply either one and wipe it off the stain.
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Vacuuming over the spot not only helps with the drying process but will pull any moisture up that may have been left behind after blotting.
- Re-check stain:
Here’s where you test the spot for any trace of pet urine left behind, visual sign of urine left behind or smell. If you notice any of the three possibilities, you’ll want to try a stain remover specifically designed for pet stains. These specific cleaners can be found at most stores that carry carpet cleaners, as well as most stores that carry pet products.
* Do not use a stain remover before the carpet cleaner. Carpet cleaner should always be used first.
- Deodorize the spot:
The final step is to deodorize the spot. This helps remove any odor left behind that will attract your pet to revisit the spot and mark it again. Baking Soda is a great deodorizer. Sprinkle a nice covering of Baking Soda over the spot where the urine was. Let the Baking Soda sit on the rug for at least two hours before vacuuming it up. To learn more, visit: http://health.vic.gov.au/cleaningstandards/standards.htm
* After following all the steps, should spot or stain return, you will need to start the process over and repeat each step from the beginning.