There’s no need to rinse or blot the enzymatic cleaner, you simply let it do its work, dissolve and dry. The length of time required depends on what version of cleaner you buy. Some require 24 hours, while serious stains may take up to two weeks to completely dissolve the smell and stain. Sometimes the smell gets worse before it gets better, so don’t be discouraged. In the store, look for the version of carpet cleaner that’s formulated especially for pet urine removal and is available in liquid or powder formula.
Thank you so much!!!!! I am having this problem with one of my dogs. We have been using the baking soda and that dries it up. We have tried all kinds of store bought sprays that promise to work, but none of them do work. The vinegar sounds perfect ( the way you explained it makes perfect sense.) I am going to start doing it today. I just stumbled on this, Thank God for that.
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Cats often “go” outside the box to let you know what’s going on with health issues, their feelings about changes in the house, and their displeasure with their cat litter box. Another reason? Unneutered males spray to mark their territory, and unneutered females spray to let male cats know that they’re in heat.
Wipe paws before your pet comes inside. Pets love to explore. This brings them a lot of joy, but also means that they can track all kinds of stinky substances into the house. To prevent this, leave a towel by the door and always wipe your pet’s paws when it comes inside. This is especially important on rainy and muddy days, or if your pet rolled in something outside.
If you do not have any spray bottles you can do the same procedure using the towel or piece of textile. If we want to achieve the best possible result we should make sure that the spot will get completely dry. When you will be sure that the spot is completely dry you can carry on and wash it with warm water and detergent.
It’s important to ventilate the area to help remove the odor from the air. Open all windows, doors, and other points of entry to maximize the flow of fresh air. Ceiling fans, box fans, and portable fans should be utilized inside the space where removal is needed.
Just tried this and it really works! It completely removed the smell on carpet that had been repeatedly peed on. We got a dog from animal friends and when I went back to teaching she’s been peeing in the corner area of my living room. It smelled like a kennel. All of the smell is gone!
In particular, the thing you need to deal with – aside from hiding the smell from your nose, is hiding the smell from the dog’s nose. Some detergents react, and will hide it from you but the dog will still know it’s there, and may use that spot again.
Cats spray (mark walls and vertical surfaces) to mark their territory or when they feel threatened. If it’s spray we’re talking about instead of regular pee (a wet pool on the floor), you’ll need to treat the psychological reasons for the cat’s anxiety.
Most importantly, you’ll want to avoid any cleaning products that contain ammonia. “Ammonia is one component of cat urine, and if cats smell that they’re more likely to go there,” Kornreich said. In addition, ammonia and other chemical cleaners can often set the stain—the opposite of what you’re trying to do.
Ha! Sorry Heather, that sucks. I wonder if the previous tenants had cats. I know it’s common for people with cats in apartments to put the litter box in a closet. Personally, I’d just wash the walls in there with plain white vinegar or something like Simple Solution. For the carpets, I’d definitely go with an enzymatic carpet cleaner (again, Simple Solution or Nature’s Miracle). You can even use them in those big carpet cleaner extractor things.
I have 2 older poms, Bear is 10 and had a bad time for several months of drinking every drop of water, several times a day and then constantly having accidents all over the house. And every time I took them out, he went a lot! First vet visit I was told that his urine was too watered to tell if he had any infection. Then told they wanted him brought back for expensive testing to check for cushings disease. Since I couldn’t afford $500-$1000 in testing medications, I decided to change their dry food to something more reputable. Since taking them off just 6 and on to nature’s balance then blue wilderness (slightly more affordable) Bear is doing great! Maybe 2-3 accidents in last 5 months! (That may have been my fault for not getting them outside for too long) I am not trying to talk bad about any vets or food labels, I just want to share this experience because it may be helpful to someone.
Good information! After you have done all these things, spray the area with straight Listerine (or a knock-off). It will kill the odor, and dogs and cats don’t like the smell of the Listerine, so it will help prevent their returning to the scene of the crime. Voted up and useful! 🙂
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Sounds good, but what about any discoloration damage to carpet if “enough strong peroxide” is used? You say use 30% H202, so is the 40 volume (assume 40%) clear developer from beauty supply too strong?
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Hello! These have been wonderful solutions to my cat problems, but curious as to why apple cider vinegar is NOT used on the carpet, especially if its dark carpet, (if someone is concerned about leaving a brown stain on lighter carpet, if any?). I do use a white vinegar water solution with it being more water than vinegar. Have you ever used apple cider vinegar in the solution for carpets?
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If you don’t have hydrogen peroxide on hand you could substitute it for a spray laundry stain remover. Check the bottle. If it says ‘Oxy’ anywhere on the label then it probably contains hydrogen peroxide. Preen, Sard, OxiClean etc.
This is why it is absolutely essential to use a cleaner that can break down the uric acid. Soap, vinegar, baking soda, ammonia, chlorine, and hydrogen peroxide (to name the most common cleaners) simply are not chemically capable of breaking down the uric acid in cat pee. These cleaners and deodorizers only temporarily make the smell go away and appear to work because they do clean up the other components of the cat urine. But when exposed to humidity, the uric acid salts cause the uric acid crystals to reform. This process releases the smell again; not always at levels detectable to the human nose, but the cats’ more sensitive noses can smell it. And the scent of their urine outside of the litter box many cats to continue urinating outside of the box, often with their families left scratching their heads wondering why.
Using small piece of soap and a bit of water make a cleaning soapy liquid. The resulting soapy liquid is applied on the smelling surface. Wait for approximately 10 minutes. With the wet sponge remove the remaining soap and wash the spot.
Once you have got the area as dry as you can, liberally sprinkle on ordinary baking soda, again working it into the fibers of the carpet with your fingertips (don’t forget the rubber gloves!), or an old, soft toothbrush.
Cats love to rub their smell on the corners of couches, chairs, tables, walls, doors, fridges, bench bases, or anything else they can potentially mark with their scent glands (ever see your cat rubbing their face on your legs?). Try wiping furniture with vinegar and washing all curtains, too.
I called the service as they said they had a 30 day guarantee. They told me if the smell is not gone by Wednesday they will come back out. Now I wait – 2 days. When it smells I cannot even sleep in that room.
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In addition to these five tips, I’d like to add the following: Do not have your cat declawed. I adopted a declawed cat from a local shelter and it took me months before I finally had her successfully using her litter box. She would pee on the carpet, sofa, towels, dirty clothes on the floor, anything soft and I think it was because of the declawing procedure.