Pet urine in carpet. We can all recognize pet urine as a potential source of odor that we would prefer to avoid. Pet urine in carpet – dog, cat, rabbit, gerbil other pet or even human urine can severely stain a carpet. Pet urine in carpet can also damage the face and back of a carpet and even the floors below the carpet and pad.
Pet Urine in Carpet What Can We Do?
Our dogs and cats are often like our family. We wouldn’t allow our children to pee on our carpet and we shouldn’t allow our pets to pee on it either. If we are unwilling to make sure that our pets are either litter box trained or that we let them out of the house frequently to answer those calls of nature, we should have concrete or tile flooring and not wall to wall carpet.
With dogs that are house pets you might want to consider a doggy door so that Fido can make his own way in-and-out of the house. A bit of convenience for the pet is a prevention step that will help to prevent pet urine in carpet.
Well trained pets and carpet mix. Untrained pets and carpet do not mix. We get a new puppy and one of the first things we experience is pet urine in carpet. Puppies need to be housebroken and the quicker we can do it the sooner we prevent them from breaking the house. During this housebreaking period there is likely to be a few accidents. For that reason it is a good idea to have some type of protection over a carpet during this period of time.
Fail to protect will mean pet urine in carpet. Fail to cleanup accidents immediately means that pet urine in carpet is now pet urine in the back of carpet. With repeated accidents in the same area it will be pet urine in carpet, pad and floor.
As with puppies, older animals also have accidents. One remains safe in a single case only, basically – if keeping smaller animal, and keeping it in cage or hedgehog enclosure. Because, like us humans, as animals age they are often unable to hold their bladder as long as when they were a bit younger. Some animals are on medication and may be on a special diet. Pet urine will also go through changes as changes in reproductive cycles take place. Dyes are found in medication and animal foods and these too can stain a carpet. Unfortunately not all pet urine will be totally removable from a carpet.
Pet Urine in Carpet Quick Cleanup
Quick cleanup of pet urine in carpet is important. The sooner you get to it the greater opportunity you will have of preventing damage. For a quick pet urine accident do the following:
- Blot the area with a cloth or white paper towel as soon as you notice the spot. Absorb as much of the residue as you are able to.
- Blot the area with a solution of 1/4 teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent (non-bleach and non-lanolin) with one cup of lukewarm water. (Do not use automatic dishwashing detergent or laundry detergent. ) Absorb the moisture with a cloth or white paper towel.
- Rinse with warm water and repeat the application of detergent. Continue rinsing and blotting with the detergent solution and water as long as there is a transfer to the towel and as long as the spot continues to improve.
- Follow the detergent application with a solution of two tablespoons of ammonia with one cup of water.
- Rinse with warm water and repeat and blot dry.
- Blot the area with a solution of one cup white vinegar to two cups water and blot dry.
- Apply a half-inch layer of white paper towels to the affected area. Weigh the towels down with a flat, heavy, non-fading object or with books with a layer of foil or wax paper between them and the towels. Continue to change paper towels until completely dry.
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