Pee stains and odor are every dog owner’s worst nightmare. No matter how hard you try to properly potty train your pooch, they’re bound to have a few accidents. And that can mean a major mess for you.
How much you can do to remove a stain will depend on the material and how soon you spot it. The best way to get stains and odor out is to spot them right away. If you don’t, they can set and be difficult to get rid of.
Here are some of the best ways of dealing with dog pee stains. And remember, the best way of getting rid of stains is to prevent them by taking your dog out regularly and keeping them on a feeding schedule.
If you see a pee stain on your carpet, take action right away. You can get the smell and stain out easily, provided that you don’t let it dry out.
Take some paper towels and layer them on top of the carpet. If it’s a rug, you can also place some paper towels beneath the stain. Let them soak up the urine, gently applying pressure.
Don’t push down too hard on the stain, as you can force the urine deeper into the carpet. You can take some newspaper and place it on top of the paper towels to keep your hands hands and feet away from the urine.
Once you’ve soaked up most of the urine, get some cool water and rinse out the stain. Hot water can make the stain even worse, so check the temperature before rinsing.
After you’ve rinsed out the spot, take some paper towels and dry it off. If you notice any pee, you may need to rinse out the area again.
Getting Rid Of Odor
Once you’ve dealt with the stain, there may still be an odor lingering on the carpet. There are a number of ways of getting odors out of carpet, with the best option depending on the type of material.
In most cases, baking soda will do the trick. You won’t need much- a few tablespoons should do- to get the odor out.
Spread the baking soda evenly over the damp stain and let it soak in overnight. Make sure that your dog isn’t around to lick the baking soda. The next day, take a vacuum and clean up the dry baking soda.
This method works well for white carpet. However, be careful when using baking soda on colorful rugs, as it may cause discoloration. You can find a number of odor removers that are designed for delicate rugs.
You can also use vinegar to get tough odors out. Combine a half cup of vinegar with a few tablespoons of baking soda in a spray bottle. Let the spray settle into the stain for a few minutes, then rinse it out with cold water.
Dealing With Dry Stains On Carpet
If you only notice a stain once it’s dried out, removing it will be more difficult. Fortunately, there are still a few ways to get rid of dried out stains.
One of the easiest is to rinse out the stained area repeatedly with cold water. This can take a while, and you may need to rinse quite a few times with stains that dried out a long time ago.
You can also rent a wet vac, which will make it much easier to repeatedly rinse out the area. Just make sure you don’t use a steam vac, as the hot air can dry out the stain even further and make the odor more noticeable.
If you’re still having issues with the odor, you can find a number of enzymatic cleaners that should get the job done. These cleaners bust odor causing molecules, and they are effective on many old stains.
If your dog pees on hardwood floors, act quickly and get some towels. Soak up the urine, switching out the towels when they get saturated with pee. If you get to the urine quickly, there should be little staining or odor.
Getting Odor Out Of Hardwood Floors
It can be difficult to spot pee spots on hardwood floors, and even attentive owners will miss them now and again.
If the hardwood is stained, there’s not much you can do besides applying another coat of finish to the wood. However, there are some easy steps you can take to deal with the odor, both for fresh and old stains.
You can try rubbing baking soda onto the stain to get rid of the odor. This will work better for fresh stains than it will for ones that have set. Leave it on overnight, and then come back and brush it off in the morning.
You can also use a variety of enzymatic cleaners to deal with the odor. Just make sure you pick one that’s designed for use on hardwood floors, as some could cause damage to the finish. Play it safe by testing out the cleaner on a tiny area to see how it affects the finish.
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