Pet accidents causing odors are inevitable. Even when you have successfully trained your pets on where to relieve themselves, they will sometimes decide to try out your new carpet or new bed sheet. Indeed, this calls for a lengthy process of clean up and retraining your pets. But if you have a concrete plan and know the right things to do, the process would not take long and be exhausting.
In this article, you will learn about steps that you can follow to effectively clean and remove odors from unavoidable pet accidents.
Step 1: Create a plan
Like in any other types of projects, you need to create a plan first to have a clear idea on how you will go about the project. In the case of a pet accident, your plan will basically include identifying the accident zones, which are the specific areas or furniture. Pet accidents causing odors are inevitable. Even when you have successfully trained your pets on where to relieve themselves in the house that your pet has considered his or her bathroom.
After identifying and cleaning the accident zones, you have to make them unattractive and inaccessible for your pets. Also, when you remove the stain, make sure you also remove the odors. Always remember that your pet has a stronger sense of smell than you so even when you no longer smell evidences of the accident, your pets still can. Thus, making the area unattractive and unavailable to your pets will deter them from making another accident. Instead, they would go to where they were trained to do their business.
If you worry that your pet has developed a new bathroom habit, you will have to include re-training your pet in your plan. There are lots of resources to help you successfully re-train cats and dogs. Also, seek professional assistance or advice from your veterinarian.
Step 2: Locating the accident zones
Finding the accident zones is should be easy. You unexpectedly stumble upon your pet’s accident zone by stepping on it or smelling it when you walk in a room. This is especially true when your pet has just finished relieving him or herself.
On the other hand, it can also be difficult at times, especially when the spot has dried completely and there are no more traces of its smell in the room’s atmosphere. This is when you will have to be creative to find the accident zones.
First, you will need to sniff out closely on each of your furniture and carpet. When you smell traces of the accident’s odor, try to sniff along the surface of where you got the hint of the scent. This could be along the surface of any of your furniture, carpet or bedding.
If you fail to specifically locate the soiled area using its scent, closely examine the length of the surface of where you got a whiff of the scent. These areas often have a different color than the rest of the surroundings. Also, the texture may be different or fibers might slant in a different direction than the rest of the surroundings.
If this proves to be too much work, you can use a black light. You can get one from any home supply store near you. Switch off all the light in the room, leaving only the black light. This will make the soiled areas more visible. Once you see them and confirmed they are indeed accident zones, mark their location with a chalk so you will be able to easily see them after switching on the lights.
Step 3: Clean washable accident zones
If the accident zones include your bedding or any other material that is washable, put them into your washer and wash as you would your daily clothing. You will need to add one-pound baking soda to your detergent before you start to wash the soiled sheets. The baking soda will help to remove both the stain and the odor left in the bedding. Air dry the items before replacing them.
If after washing, you still see the stain or smell the odor, purchase an enzymatic cleaner at the nearest pet supply store. Wash the item again but this time, adding enzymatic cleaner to your detergent. Bear in mind that enzymatic cleaners have been manufactured and developed to break down the odors of your pet’s waste. Strictly follow the instructions for using the enzymatic cleaner to ensure utmost success.
To make sure your pet will not come back to your bed sheets the next time they want to relieve themselves, use vinyl flannel-backed tablecloth to cover your bed. These are very affordable and machine washable. And the best thing about using these to cover your bed is that they are unattractive to your pets. As a result, they will no longer use your bedding every time they feel the need to urinate or defecate.
Step 4: Clean carpets and upholstery
Cleaning up soiled carpets and upholstery requires different processes for old and new stains.
New stains or those which are still wet
- Use as many paper towels and newspapers as available to soak up all the urine. Keep in mind that the less urine that will seep through your carpet, the fewer odors will stick in the carpet. Thus, it is important that you remove the urine as much as possible. You can do this by laying out a thick layer of paper towels above the soiled area. Place a thick layer of newspaper over the layers of paper towels. Place newspaper beneath the soiled area as well. Once set up, stand on this layered paper for a couple of minutes. Remove every layer and start the process again. Continue repeating until the soiled area is only barely damp.
- Do not throw the first layers of paper towels and newspapers that you have used to soak up the urine. Place them on the area where you want your pets to do their business. The scent in the paper towels will direct your cats and dogs where they should urinate or defecate. This is a great way of reminding your pets where their bathroom area is. You are also teaching them that relieving their selves is not a bad behavior but that they should do it in the right place.
- Thoroughly clean the accident zone using cool water. Once done, dry the area out by blotting or by using a wet vacuum.
Old stains that have already set in and marked your carpet
- Rent an extractor or wet vacuum (if you don’t have one) to effectively remove all traces of the stain in your carpet. These machines work by forcing clean water through your carpet to remove the dirty water (your pet’s urine). Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions for using these machines. Do not use any chemical or chemical based liquids with these machines so as not to damage them. Using plain tap water will be sufficient to make these machines effective.
- After thoroughly cleaning the area and successfully removing the dirty water, use a pet odor neutralizer on the area. Ask your veterinarian or carpet cleaner for the most cost effective brand of pet odor neutralizer. Carefully follow the instructions for using. If possible, test the neutralizer on a small hidden area of your carpet to ensure it will not leave a stain.
- If you still see traces of the stain after the extraction and neutralization methods, use a carpet stain remover. These are available in many home supply store. Ask recommendations from friends and family for the best brand to use.
- Do NOT use steam cleaners in cleaning accidents zones. The heat from these cleaners will only make the stains and odors permanent on your carpet and upholstery.
- Do NOT use cleaning chemicals. They often have strong odors that do not do anything to remove the odor. All they do is cover the odor and when your pets smell this, they will only be more tempted to reinforce their urine scent in the area.
- Use neutralizing cleaners only after you have completely rinsed off the old cleaner from your carpet. Keep in mind that any trace of non-protein-based substance in the accident zone will reduce the effects of the enzymatic cleaner.
The easiest and most effective way to remove pet stain odor from your carpets is to give us a call. We can remove the stain and odor and protect your carpets.
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Myrtle Beach, SC 29577