Pets are often a loving addition to the home, but sometimes even the best-behaved pet can mess up carpets. Although we try our best to train our animals, kittens and puppies can have accidents, as well as poorly or elderly cats and dogs. Stains from cat urine and dog urine are problematic for two reasons: firstly, they contain germs and bacteria that can cause illness; and secondly, the presence of ammonia makes for a lingering smell, even after the area has been washed. It is, therefore, a good idea to use a suitable pet odour remover that not only tackles the smell, but also provides a deep-clean.
How to Get Rid of Cat Urine Smells and Stains from Carpets
Cleaning up animal messes can be divided up into three separate tasks: removing urine, removing solids, and getting rid of the smell. Here’s some excellent ways to tackle all three categories:
- Use an old bath towel to blot up any excess liquid. It’s best to do this as soon as possible after the incident, while the stain is still wet. It’s also a good idea to use a white or light-coloured towel, to prevent colours from running into your carpet.
- Use a specialized carpet cleaner bought from the pet store. Apply it directly to the carpet, and leave to dry. Don’t be tempted to use a regular carpet cleaner; dog and cat urine remover products contain chemicals specifically designed to break down the bacteria in your pet’s urine.
- Alternatively, apply a solution of one part water and one part white vinegar to the stain, or a non-coloured mouthwash that contains alcohol. Leave these products to soak into the stain for about 30 minutes.
- If you have a carpet cleaning device, use this to draw out any moisture. Alternatively, dry with a clean bath towel.
- Allow to air-dry and vacuum the carpet as normal.
- Some solids are very easy to remove with a paper towel or plastic glove.
- Unfortunately, some other ‘solids’ aren’t very solid at all. If this is the case, use a piece of cardboard to remove as much as possible from the fibres of the carpet. It’s always best to do this straight away, before it has had time to dry.
- Mix together dishwashing soap or laundry detergent with warm water, and gently work into the remaining stain. Make sure you mix your solution well – the more suds the better!
- In both cases, a pet odour remover or a homemade concoction of mouthwash or vinegar can now be applied, before blotting, air-drying, and vacuuming.