Published on July 14th, 2020
With chilly temperatures outside, it’s likely your pet is spending a little more time indoors at the moment.
There is a good chance you’re probably encountering more of their “accidents” too.
Unfortunately, pet urine, and that signature smell, are notoriously tough to get rid of. Here are our tips for tackling pet urine.
Why is Pet Urine So Damaging to My Carpet?
When urine dries it leaves bacteria and uric salts. The bacteria grows when there is moisture present (this is why we smell the urine most on humid or wet days) and gives off an "off gas" which is the terrible urine smell that many pet owners are familiar with.
It can depend on what the animal has eaten but urine left on the carpet for a long time may oxidise the carpet dye and create a permanent stain.
How to Get Pet Wee Stains Out of Your Carpet
You need to act fast to ensure the stain and the odour are effectively treated – they are much easier to treat when fresh.
Blot the area with a dry towel.
Combine a few drops of dishwashing liquid to warm water and cleanse the affected area. Dry with an absorbent towel on the stain while standing on it to add pressure.
Use a safe carpet cleaning solution to ensure all traces of the urine are removed.
Is the stain dried? You need to follow the steps below.
Generously sprinkle bi-carb soda onto the stain.
Mix 1:2 of white vinegar and warm water and pour onto the affected area to help break down the uric salts and odour causing bacteria.
Use folded up large towels to soak the water up, adding pressure as you go.
Sponge with warm water and thoroughly dry the area.
For a more stubborn smell and stain, use an odour eating enzyme spray such as E-pet Odour Eliminator or a store-bought Enzyme based product for treating urine odours.
These products use enzymes to break down the uric salts and odour-causing bacteria. E-Pet also contains active ingredients to deter the pet from returning to the same place.
Please note that if there have been multiple repeated pet visits, home remedies may not sufficiently treat the problem. You’ll need a professional carpet cleaner who specialises in urine odour removal.
Your Electrodry technician will identify the extent of the damage using a penetrating meter that identifies the location of the uric salts in the carpet and underlay.
We inject a specialised disinfectant to kill the bacteria and neutralize the uric salts. We apply the same specialised disinfectant to the carpet fibres and rinse with a hot water extraction process.
How to Prevent a Pet Urine Problem
In an ideal world, your beloved pet wouldn’t do its business inside in the first place.
Here are some pointers to try to prevent your pet from causing damage to your home.
Place rugs in your pet’s high traffic areas – a rug is much easier to clean than your carpet and cheaper to replace if you need to.
Watch for the signs that your dog is about to wee, then take him/her outside, pronto! Make sure you praise them for doing the right thing!
Take the dog outside right after meals or naps, as this is when their bladder is likely to be full. For a regularly used spot, soak it with pet urine enzyme cleaner and let it dry. An enzyme cleaner will treat odour-causing bacteria, which helps because dogs’ noses generally tell them to go where they’ve gone before.
If it is something your pet has just started doing, it might be worth taking them to the vet to rule out any medical issues.
NB: A moderate additional charge applies to disinfect the carpet backing and underlay through the injection of a specialised sanitising product and treat the stains (usually $30 per 15 minutes of treatment time). The work required to lift the carpet, replace the underlay and seal the sub-floor is quite extensive and attracts a charge of $300 to $500 per room.
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