September 9th, 2015 10:55 AM by Leonard Silvestri
You love your pets. But sometimes Fido and Mr. Meowsworth aren't perfect when it comes to relieving themselves where they're supposed to. This can be a real problem when it comes time to sell. No one wants to buy a house that smells like a kennel. Cleaning pet odors from carpet, wood floors and floorboards can be tricky, but with the right cleaning agents you'll have a fresh home in no time.
If you catch your pet in the act, grab some paper towels and try to absorb as much liquid as possible. Now spray the urine stain with carpet cleaner. Mix 2 parts water with 1 part vinegar and saturate the stain. This will help neutralize the odor and kill any bacteria. Let the mixture soak for 5 minutes before blotting up the excess solution. Now sprinkle baking soda on the spot for more absorbing and neutralizing power. Vacuum and voila! If smell still persists, try using an enzymatic cleaner. These cleaners release cultures that eat the urine, leaving things smell-free and sanitary. Never use a steam cleaner on urine stains as the steam will bond odors to carpet fibers.
Pet urine can be very damaging to hardwood floors and cause big, ugly stains that are difficult to remove. Clean it up immediately to best avoid any long-lasting damage. Blot up any remaining liquid, trying not to spread the stain's surface area. Now mix baking soda and white vinegar into a paste-like consistency and apply to the stain. Let the paste dry completely and wipe up. Next, soak a paper towel in 3% hydrogen peroxide and let it sit over the stain for several hours. This will help lift the smell and lighten the stain. Be careful with hardwood floors and monitor treatments to ensure no damage is done.
These easy, homemade remedies should work to clean up foul odors caused by pet urine. In cases where a stain was allowed to sit and absorb, a professional cleaner may be necessary.