No matter how well trained a pet is, accidents are inevitable. In fact, most owners will agree that messes are part of keeping an animal in one’s home for companionship. Luckily, there are some effective pet stain removal techniques one could use to handle any accident.
As tempting as it could be, one should never ignore the mess by letting themselves get used to the odor. The longer it’s left unattended to, the harder it will be to clean. With the right handling technique, though, it will be gone in a matter of minutes.
Where Did It Happen?
Though locating the spot seems like a no-brainer, it could have dried off to become less evident thus harder to locate. To point out the soiled area, one could first use their sense of smell. The suspect area needs close examination to catch concealed soiling. A black light could help in finding even old urine stains. To use one, the room first has to be darkened by turning off all lights and drawing the curtains to keep sunlight out. Upon identifying the soiled area(s), it would help to lightly outline the spot using chalk.
Having identified the soiled spot, one needs to clean thoroughly and neutralize the odor. Otherwise, the animal will very likely return to the same spot if they catch their distinct scent. This is especially so if the pet isn’t properly housebroken or is left too long between outdoor bathroom trips.
Even if the scent seems to have disappeared, the animal will still catch it if the proper removal wasn’t done. Most animals have a powerful sense of smell that far exceeds that of humans. All traces of the odor must, therefore, be neutralized completely.
Cleaning Carpets, Rugs, and Upholstery
For most animals, the urine consists of uric acid, ammonia, nitrogen, hormones, and bacteria. Uric acid is the component responsible for the lingering smell, which can be potent in humid air. To clean urine stains and odor from rugs and carpets, a few steps will be necessary.
One first needs to blot up most of the liquid using an absorbent material. Here, paper towels or a piece of cloth will work. This needs to be repeated after pouring some plain water over the area until there aren’t any yellow spots on the towels/cloth.
One can then use a natural cleaner to get rid of the enzymes. This can be made by combining 2 cups of water with 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Baking soda also works well in digesting odors. One can pour either of these and then blot up the moisture after letting it sit for about ten minutes.
Dealing with Other Pet Messes
If the animal poops on the floor, with any luck they’ll leave a dry solid mass that can easily be picked using a piece of tissue. But if there’s a conspicuous stain, a damp towel or cloth could be used to wipe the area gently. For more extensive messes like diarrhea or vomit, the solid material should first be scooped up before doing this. Caution should be taken to avoid spreading or mashing the mess any further. The neutralizing procedure described earlier can then be performed.
No matter how bad the stain appears or smells, it should always be scrubbed gently. Hard scrubbing could ruin the material’s texture and isn’t even necessary. If the stain has already set, one can rent a wet vac or extractor from a local hardware outlet or carpet cleaning service. This machine works by forcing clean water into an object and then sucking out the muck. With the device, no chemicals are necessary; plain water works much better. Additionally, one needs to follow the provided instructions carefully.
If the wood on furniture is discolored, it means the paint or varnish has reacted with uric acid. Enzymatic cleaners can be used on washable enamel paints. These have to be used while following the provided instructions, having been tested on a separate surface.
Otherwise, the finish needs removal and replacement. One could seek help from a Carlsbad local hardware store; they’ll help in identifying the problem and suggest the appropriate removers and replacements as well.
Preventing Accidents in Future
House training a pet properly could go a long way in keeping the house mess-free. While doing this, one can use training pads which act as nappies to trap the odor and reduce messes. Litter boxes should always be sufficiently sized and kept clean so that the animal is comfortable using them instead of the floor or couch.