How to Remove Pet Urine Stains From Carpets
Having pets is lovely, but if you have carpeted floors at home, it comes with a bit of a challenge. Pets and carpets just don’t go well together. Thankfully, you can enjoy both with a little care and discipline, like taking pet house training seriously, giving your pet enough space to roam and keeping carpeted rooms off limits, and cleaning up pet urine from your carpets before they turn into stains. Fresh urine is easier to clean up and they don’t leave stains when properly taken care of, and stains are easier to prevent than to remove.
But if you already have pet urine stains on your carpets, there are two possible actions. First, hire a professional carpet cleaner. They have special tools and materials that can take care of the job well and fast. The only problem is, you’re going to have to pay, and carpet cleaning services are not as affordable as you might think.
Your second choice is to remove it the DIY way, but since the urine has dried and concentrated, causing a strain, you will need lots of effort and patience as well as a lot of trial and error as to which product will work best.
One known technique is to apply peroxide mixed with water to the stained area using a sponge. Peroxide also helps get rid of the odor of urine that might have stuck to your carpets as well. If you don’t have peroxide, you can also try vinegar diluted with water. If that doesn’t work, look for special carpet stain removal agents. Other homeowners and pet lovers also suggest toothpaste.
If you have a steam cleaner, that’s also a trusty companion in removing pet urine stains from carpets. For this, you can do with a regular detergent. The steam from the hot water will already work wonders in loosening up the stain from the carpet fibers. This also removes odor effectively. The only challenge is that since steam cleaners use water, you will end up with wet carpets that need to be dried out well to avoid further damage. Thus, it would be preferable to use a handheld steam cleaner so the moisture will be concentrated on the stained spot only.
If the stain has already set in, a single application might not be enough, so you have to patiently do a second application, or a third, until you don’t see the stain anymore.
Once you’ve found the most effective method of removing pet urine stains from your carpet, it will surely give you more peace of mind.