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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pet Urine and Odors


Is your pet urinating in the house? Maybe it’s due to house training, maybe your pet is not feeling well, maybe the litter box is dirty and the cat refusing to use it?

Whatever the reasons are, pet urine odors do not need to be difficult to clean. Below are a few cleaning tips:

Don’t Use Ammonia

The first thing you need to be aware of; pet urine contains ammonia (among other things). So if you have been told to try ammonia – don’t. You will be inviting your pet to come back again and again.

Remove Urine Stains from Carpet

Work fast and soak up what you can with an absorbent paper towel or a clean rag. Put your weight into it or stand on it so you get up as much as possible. Change absorbents as necessary.

Now use an equal mix of vinegar and warm water. Pour a little over the stained area; try not to over saturate. Once again, get out your absorbent materials and soak up the liquid. Don’t worry about the vinegar smell, it will dissipate shortly.

Next get some baking soda and sprinkle over the area you just cleaned to help with the odor issue. Gently work it into the carpet. Use a clean towel to cover the area until it dries, then vacuum.

Engineered Wood Floors

These have a pre-finished surface that makes cleaning a little easier than the real wood floors. You still want to work fast, liquids will bead on the surface for a short time, but you want to get to liquids before it gets down in between the planking.

Once the liquid has been absorbed deodorize with a mix, 1 capful vinegar to 20 ounce water, in a spray bottle. Lightly spray the area with the mixture and dry with a soft cloth.

Urine on Marble Floors

Among other components, urine contains uric acid and uric salts. Uric acid is potent and can etch the marble and dull it. The texture of the marble will go from smooth to rough where your pet peed and can possibly cause a yellowish stain. You may not even notice anything until the light hits the floor in a certain way and then you notice the stain and/or dullness.

If your pet pees on a marble floor, get to it immediately. Do not clean your marble floors with vinegar, it will etch it. Use a pH neutral cleaner specifically made for floors of this type. You can also put a drop or two of dish soap in a large mixing bowl with warm water. Use a sponge to clean the area and rinse with plain water to remove any remaining soapy residue.

Whichever type of flooring you have, the trick is to act quickly and do a thorough cleaning. Don’t let pet urine sit on any type of floor. 

Still, sometimes you don’t realize an accident has occurred until you begin to smell its remains. Either way, try these simple tips for handling pet urine odors.

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