Remove Pet Odors And Stains

Fido or Fluffy has an accident on the rug and not only do we need to get rid of the stain, we also need to get rid of the smell!

It has happened to all of us who own pets: Fluffy or Fido has an accident on the floor and no matter what we do we just can't get rid of the smell! In order to understand how to remove pet odors, it's important to first understand why they are so difficult to get rid of. Animal urine in particular is very pungent. Urine is actually a very weak acid that also contains a lot of bacteria and salts excreeeted from your pet's body. Regular spray cleaners, detergents, or other scented cleaners will not remove the source of the problem. At best they will only temporarily mask the smell from us, but not from your pet! If your pet can still smell residual urine it will continue to "mark" that spot and you will be fighting a never ending battle.

The only way to truely clean a soiled area and remove the smell it to attack the stain on a bio-chemical level. There are many anti-pet odor products on the market that clean by using helpful bacteria and/or enzymes to naturally speed the decomposition of a pet stain (a couple good ones to try are Bio-Aid or Nature's Miracle). These products work by naturally breaking down the acid and bacteria in urine. If you catch your pet in the act, immediately use a clean paper towel or cloth to absorb as much of the urine as possible. Gently blot the area, being careful not to force the urine down further into the fibers of the carpet and the padding underneath (if on a wood or other hard surface wipe up all the urine, then give the area a once over with a cloth dampened with water). Do NOT use any other kind of cleaner before using an enzyme cleaner. The ingredients in regular cleaners may react negatively with an enzyme cleaner preventing it from being effective. Before you use any kind of cleaner, always do a test spot on the material to be cleaned (some cleaners will stain). Thoroughly soak the soiled area with the enzyme cleaner. It's very important to thoroughly saturate the area! Let the product soak for a few minutes, then blot up any excess cleaner with a clean cloth. Let the spot dry completely before allowing your pet back in the area. It is during the drying process that the bacteria in the urine will be broken down and the odor removed. Once the area is dry, do a smell check. If you still smell urine, treat the area again.

Sometimes it can be difficult to locate the source of the urine smell, especially when dealing with old stains. In this case a black light can be your key to finding the source of the smell. Urine stains that can't be seen by the naked eye will fluoresce under a black light.

The same process can be used to remove the odors left behind from feces. Remove all feces from the soiled area using just water. Soak the affected area with an enzyme cleaner and allow to dry.

If the smell has been removed, but a stain still exists after using an enzyme cleaner, then a regular cleaner can be used. Avoid cleaners that are highly acidic, or that leave a residual ammonia odor . These two types of cleaners can mimic the smells of urine and actually encourage your pet to once again relieve himself in the soiled area. A great neutral cleaner is plain white vinegar. It can be used full strength, or diluted 50/50 with hot water. It can be used to scrub carpets, upholstery, or to mop floors and will also help neutralize odors. Other neutral detergents or cleaners can also be used.

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