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How to Remove Pet Stains and Odors
You know how it can be when your pet uses your carpet to relieve himself. You just know that you’ll never be able to get rid of the stain or the smell. And even if you do get it all cleaned-up, you worry that your pet has developed a bad habit that will be impossible to break. Don't worry—we can help you solve this problem.
The Plan of Action
First, determine which areas have been used as a “bathroom”. Then clean those areas completely. As long as your pet can smell their scent in that area, they will continue to return to it. Even if you can't smell traces of urine, your pet can, so you must be sure to completely neutralize that odor.
Once it's clean, make the accident zone unattractive and/or unavailable to your pet and the make appropriate "bathroom" area more attractive and available. Have your pet checked out by a veterinarian to rule out any medical causes for the accident. Then, use positive reinforcement to re-train your pet to use the proper bathroom area.
How to find the affected area
In some cases the accident zone will be hard to locate. Use your nose to sniff it out. You might want to use a black light (which you can purchase at a home-supply store) to find old stains. Make the room as dark as possible and then use the black light to identify the affected areas and mark with painters tape.
How to clean fresh stains:
- Soak up as much of the urine as possible with paper towels. The more urine you can remove from the carpet before it dries, the easier it will be to remove the odor. Place a thick layer of paper towels on the wet spot, and cover that with a thick towel. Stand on this for about a minute. Remove the towel, and repeat the process until the area is barely damp.
- If possible, put the urine-soaked paper towels in the right “bathroom area”. This will help remind your pet that eliminating isn't a bad behavior as long as it's done in the right place.
- Rinse the "accident zone" thoroughly with clean, cool water. After rinsing, remove as much of the water as possible with paper towels or by using a shop vac.
For stains that have already dried:
- Use a shop vac to remove all traces of urine in the carpeting. Repeatedly rinse the stained area with plain lukewarm water and vacuum out with a shop vac.
- Use a high-quality pet odor neutralizer once the area is really clean. Be sure to read and follow all of the directions.
- Avoid using strong smelling cleaning chemicals, especially ammonia or vinegar. From your pet's perspective, these don't effectively eliminate the urine odor.
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