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Removing Pet Urine Odors from Carpet, Floors and Furniture

Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

Removing Pet Urine Odors from Carpet, Floors and Furniture

I know how frustrating and embarrassing pet urine odors can be, especially when guests come over. As a pet owner, I’ve dealt with my fair share of pet stains and odors over the years. Fortunately, there are some effective techniques and products that can help eliminate those unpleasant pet odors from carpets, floors, and furniture.

Identifying the Source

The first step is to identify the exact location of the odor source. Pet urine can soak down into padding and underflooring, so you need to pinpoint where the smell is originating. Carefully get down and sniff near the floor or furniture cushions to locate the spot. Odor eliminating products will be most effective when applied directly to the source.

Removing Urine Stains

Once you’ve found the soiled area, it’s important to remove any surface stains first. Here are some tips for removing urine stains:

  • Blot the area with paper towels to soak up excess liquid. Avoid rubbing, which can spread the stain.

  • Use an enzymatic cleaner. Look for pet stain removal products that contain “enzymes.” The enzymes help break down the compounds in urine that cause odors. Enzymes are a must for eliminating urine odors at the source.

  • Rinse with water after soaking the spot with an enzymatic cleaner. This will help prevent the area from becoming saturated.

  • Allow the area to fully dry after cleaning.

Deodorizing Carpets and Rugs

Once stains have been removed, you can start deodorizing the surrounding carpet or rug:

  • Sprinkle a carpet deodorizer like baking soda or carpet fresh powder liberally over the area. Let sit for several hours or overnight before vacuuming up. The deodorizer will help absorb odors from the padding and base of the carpets.

  • Use an odor eliminating spray. There are sprays made specifically for eliminating pet odors from carpets and upholstery. Spray over the area according to the product directions.

  • Consider renting a carpet cleaning machine that uses water and cleaning solution to extract dirt and odors from carpets. This is especially useful for wall-to-wall carpeting. Be sure to use a pet odor eliminating cleaning solution.

Deodorizing Hard Floors and Furniture

For hard, non-porous surfaces like tile, wood, and furniture, try these deodorizing tips:

  • Mix vinegar and water in a 1:1 ratio and mop hard floors with the solution. Vinegar helps neutralize urine odors.

  • Wipe furniture with a cloth dipped in mild soap and water. This helps remove odors from furniture surfaces.

  • Use an odor eliminating spray made for hard surfaces and furniture. Spray over the affected areas as directed.

  • Set bowls of baking soda or activated charcoal around the room to absorb ambient odors. Keep windows open for airflow.

Preventing Future Pet Accidents

The key to keeping odors away is preventing future accidents. Here are some tips:

  • Restrict access to previously soiled areas until odor is fully gone. Close doors or use baby gates to keep pets away.

  • Clean soiled areas with enzymatic cleaners regularly to remove any lingering scent. Pets are drawn to areas that still smell like urine.

  • Keep litter boxes clean. Scoop daily and change the litter regularly. Dirty boxes deter pets from using them.

  • Consider adding litter boxes. The general rule is one box per cat, plus an extra. More boxes give cats options.

  • Take pets to the vet. Incontinence or illness could be leading to accidents. Treating underlying conditions can help.

With some persistence and the right products, you can get rid of those unpleasant pet odors and restore freshness to your home. Don’t lose hope if odors persist after one cleaning. It can take several treatments to fully eliminate deep-set urine odors at the source.

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