How Do You Remove Urine Odours From Carpet?
When your pet has an accident on the carpet the urine soaks down into the carpet fibres, into the backing & underlay and spreads. Like an iceberg, the size of the spot you can see is a lot smaller than the affected area in the backing of the carpet and the underlay. The bad news is urine breaks down surface tension, so if your pet returns to the same spot, the affected area beneath the carpet will continue to get bigger as the urine penetrates further and further along the backing and underlay. Left untreated, urine can take up to five years to off-gas on it’s own.
When an accident happens it’s vital to remove as much of the urine as possible. The best way to do this is to put a thick absorbent cloth towel (folded several times) on the area and apply downwards pressure. Stand on the towel to create as much downwards pressure as possible. This will enable the towel to absorb the moisture, pulling it from the carpet fibres nearest the backing. Repeat until there is no longer transfer of moisture from the carpet into the towel. You may need several towels for a larger dog accident.
What causes that urine smell?
Once urine dries it becomes uric salts & bacteria. Uric salts attract moisture, bacteria grows whenever moisture is present. As such both the uric salts & bacteria will release that awful smelling ‘gas’ that we associate with pet urine.
How do you get rid of the smell?
FIRST ACCIDENT SPOT CLEANING
If you notice a small damp spot that may have happened earlier in the day, sprinkle it with baking soda and let it sit overnight. After the patch dries overnight spray the area with distilled white vinegar. The carpet should bubble a little while the compounds interact to clean.
If the stain has partially or totally dried, then the best first step is to try to re-hydrate the urine and absorb as much of the urine from the carpet. Apply small amounts of water to the area and using downwards pressure, apply a thick cloth towel on the area to absorb as much moisture as possible. Continue to add small amounts of water and repeat the drying process until there is no odour AND no further transfer of moisture to the towel.
NOTE: Only follow these steps if the animal has urinated in the area once or twice. If the pet has visited the area regularly then the urine is likely to have penetrated into the underlay and sub-flooring and your ability to treat the problem with home remedies will be limited.
If your pet has repeatedly urinated in the same area you may be best to pull back the carpet and visually inspect the underlay and sub-floor area. When there has been heavy contamination you may need to replace the underlay and apply a sealer to the sub-floor to seal off the urine contaminated area and prevent future odours. The carpet fibres and backing will also need to be cleaned and treated with a disinfectant and odour conteractant.
Benefit from the latest Research & Technology in Urine Removal
In the past urine removal required 3 products for cleaning and could take days and many re-applications to be successful. Acids to treat the uric salts, digesters to break down proteins, and oxidisers to treat stain removal.
We use a unique breakthrough solution that combines oxidisers with enzymes and odour encapsulants to remove even the toughest pet urine odours and stains. The oxidisers do this work within hours, not days and are effective on virtually any surface, including hard porous surfaces. This product is safe for the family, including pets – and has well exceeded the success rates of other products we have previously used – giving our customers the double satisfaction of quicker results at a cheaper cost.
If you think your pet has urinated just once or twice in the area, then we suggest trying to re-hydrate the stain and wait to see what results you achieve. If you need assistance with your pet urine odour removal – contact us now for an obligation free quote.