A Pet’s urine is perhaps the most difficult of all odors to remove, not only do you need to clean the ingrained odor, but there are also spillages and carpet spots that need to be treated as well. Completely removing the smell brought about by your pet’s urine is a very challenging task. The urine crystallizes and serves as a desiccant, trapping all indoor moisture and releasing odor.
Let this article help you by looking at the science of urine, and how to rapidly and easily extract odor from carpets using just a few items.
When you’ve tried washing a urine or pee spill in your area rug, you probably found out that the soiling often reappears after drying.
It may seem to indicate that the carpet is dirty, but it simply indicates that the soiling has stuck deep inside the carpet pile and has wicked back up to the surface.
Wicking occurs as soiling gets embedded in carpet covering or subflooring and eventually grows to the tips of carpet fibers when it dries out during washing.
Few cleaning products on the market will actually help eliminate the spill and the odors of pet urine in your area rugs, but many will only temporarily cover the scent with a heavy aroma or a simple dispersant.
The salts in the urine can remain hidden for months or even years, but they are still active. Bacteria will easily build and create lingering odors in the air if the right requirements of adequate moisture and heat are met.
To help you prevent this, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to fully clean your area rugs from your pet’s urine.
- Act quickly. Take off as many soiling by scooping it up right away.
- Extract excess moisture from your area rugs by blotting the infected region with a clean, white absorbent cloth or paper towels, rather than rubbing it. Start blotting from the outer side of the affected area into the center to avoid spreading the urine deeper across the area rug. Repeat until the cloth/paper towels are no longer absorbing any moisture.
- Use an area rug or upholstery cleaner. Apply the product straight to the area rug with urine, making sure to cover the whole area rug completely. Allow the cleaner to work for about 5 minutes. Also, opt for a cleaner that does not contain harsh chemicals, in order to maintain the appearance of your area rugs.
The above method is also effective with blood, pet feces, and cat hairballs.
We recommend daily dry carpet & area rug cleanings with the optimum outcomes, with particular attention to high-accident areas.
Keep in mind that there will be times when cleaning is too late and nothing can be done. Depending on how long urine has been left on the area rug or how much re-soiling has occurred.
It may be too late to do something and the carpet or an area of carpet may need to be replaced.
If urine went unnoticed and was not washed immediately, it could have seeped past the fabric fibers to the carpet backing and onto the underlay to the surface. At this stage, no product would be able to eliminate the odor because the source is so deeply rooted.
If your area rugs are at risk of being damaged, prevention and quick response are the best options. We still recommend keeping your preferred products and clothes in an easily accessible location.