Pets are a bundle of joy and compassion. However, if you have pets in your house, you should always be prepared for accidents like urine stains, especially if they’re puppies or kittens.
Luckily, there is a simple method to get rid of these smelly stains without a trace! If you want to know how to safely remove pet urine stains from carpets, this article has got you covered! Read on for a step by step guide to help you get the job done.
Step By Step Guide to Remove Pet Urine Stains from Carpets
In the following section, we’ll provide you with a detailed guide that walks you through every step to get your carpet clean and back to its original state after a urine accident:
Step 1: Gather Your Tools and Cleaning Ingredients
To avoid the hassle of going back and forth while cleaning, you should consider gathering all your tools and cleaning ingredients before you head on to clean the stain.
This won’t only save you time, but it’ll also make you focus your efforts on getting the job before the stain dries and become more stubborn.
Luckily, all the items that you’ll need to remove pet urine stains from the carpet might be around the house and available at grocery stores. Here’s a list of all the items you’ll need for the cleanup:
- Gloves and Facemasks: These will help you avoid coming in direct contact with the urine and also mask the smell to an extent if you’re grossed out.
- Soft-bristle Carpet Brush: The best way to spread and scrub any cleaning solution on the carpet is by using a carpet brush or any other brush with soft bristles. However, if you don’t have one on you, you can use any old toothbrush to get the job done.
- Paper Towels: These are ideal for drying excess liquids from the carpet. While any kind will work, those with higher absorbency are usually the best.
- Dish Sponge: You can use a dish sponge or an old rag to loosen up any hardened or dried stains
- White Vinegar: If you want to remove the stains safely, white vinegar is your way to go. It’s affordable, safe, and highly effective!
- Baking Soda: For deodorizing the stains. Any kind will work, but the one designed for cleaning will give the best results due to its high purity.
- Hydrogen Peroxide: One of the safest disinfectants and deodorizers that are much safer around pets than bleach, despite giving similar results.
Step 2: Dry off the Carpet
After putting on your gloves and facemask, use the paper towel to soak up as much liquid as possible, so it doesn’t soak into the carpet’s inner fibres while cleaning.
To do that, simply dab the wet area with clean paper towel sheets. Some might suggest pressing firmly against the carpet to push all the liquid out. However, this can cause more problems and should be generally avoided.
Instead, if you have a wet/dry shop-vac lying around, you can use it to suck as much liquid as possible before applying cleaners.
Step 3: Apply a Stain Remover
Now that you removed most of the liquid and made the stained area dry, it’s time to remove the stain itself.
To create a vinegar cleaning solution, mix equal parts of white vinegar and clean water in a sprayer or any container, and apply it over the carpet so that it’s damp and reaches the inner fibres of the carpet but not too much that it’s soaked.
Let the vinegar sit for a few minutes to break up the hard stains, then use the carpet scrubber to clean it up.
Make sure to scrub vigorously and deeply to work out all the stains that are embedded deep into the carpet. After that, let the area dry up for a few minutes.
Step 4: Use Carpet Stain Remover if the Stain Persists (Optional)
If the stain persists, you can use a commercial stain remover that is designed for carpet stains.
Ideally, you need to make sure that it’s pet-safe and won’t react with your carpet fibres. Ideally, testing it in a conspicuous area should do the trick. Liquid-Ate enzyme cleaner is one of the best and safest recommendations for such pet stains.
Step 5: Neutralize the Odours
Now that you’ve removed the stain from the carpet, it’s time to get rid of the odour as well. To do that, you need to make sure that the area is completely dry.
Once it’s ready, sprinkle around two generous handfuls of dry baking soda over the area where the accident happened. This should remove both the smell of the urine and the vinegar.
Step 6: Disinfect the Area in the Carpet
Mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water in a clean container and pour a little over the stained area to kill any germs. Hydrogen peroxide also has extra deodorizing and stain-removing properties.
Apply the solution over the baking soda and scrub it with your scrubbing sponge to disinfect and clean the area.
Step 7: Finish Up with Vacuuming
Lastly, once the area dries from the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, finish up by using the vacuum cleaner to clean up the carpet and suck any dry debris or grime left.
Extra Tips While Cleaning Carpet Stains from Pet Urine
- Avoid using harsh chemicals because they can harm your pets
- Deodorize the carpet even if it doesn’t stink because the strong scent of vinegar may encourage your pet to urinate over the carpet again to mark its territory.
- If the urine stain persists, or dry up completely, you might need a professional carpet cleaner to remove the stain using special cleaners
- If you have a power washer, you can use it to deep-clean the urine stain that is stuck in the inner fibres of the carpet.
With that said, you now know how to safely remove pet urine stains from carpets. As you can see, early intervention in these situations makes it a lot easier than when you let them sit in.
For that reason, always make sure to keep all these kits in one basket to make them easily accessible if these accidents happen again.