How To Remove Old Urine Stains From Your Carpet

August 26, 2014

Dogs rely on their excellent sense of smell for almost everything that surrounds them, so finding a spot for urinating isn’t exception either. Even the well trained dogs who know they are not supposed to “go” about their business on your carpet, sometimes forget about the rules and these stains might trigger them again in the future to repeat the mistake on that same crime scene.

So, here are some useful advice on how to find these spots and what to do in order to remove them completely.

Spotting the old stains

Many pet urine stains are invisible to the naked eye, so you will need a handheld blacklight in order to find them. Simply turn the lights out and search around the room for urine stains using the blacklight. Once you’ve found them, tackle them immediately. The fresher the stain, the easier it is to remove.

Removing the stain

Once you’ve found the stain it is important not to wipe or rub as this may cause the urine to go even deeper into the carpet, and we don’t want that. Use blotting action with a dry cloth until you’ve removed as much of the liquid as possible.

Next, spray a natural, enzyme-based pet odor remover on the area. When it dries off, vacuum thoroughly.

Mix one part white vinegar with one part lukewarm water in a small bowl and use this solution to saturate the stained area. The mixture shouldn’t discolor the carpet.

Now, it is time for some baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda freely over the area and wait for several minutes. While waiting, mix one cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with about one teaspoon of non-petroleum-based liquid dish soap in a small bowl.

Test this mixture on your carpet first just to make sure it won’t discolor your carpet. If there is no discoloration, saturate the area which was previously covered with baking soda. Mix the two together and work it into your carpet using a brush.

Once the area is dried thoroughly, vacuum up the residues. The smell of urine should be gone completely and your pooch shouldn’t be triggered by this area any more.

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