As a pet owner I understand that pet accidents happen. As a carpet cleaning professional I understand that they happen to you too. For some of us it’s a rare event and for others its an every day occurrence. Either way it stinks!
Where did it happen… and how to prevent it
If the accidents are rare then this section doesn’t apply to you. But if your furry friend is using your home as a bathroom then follow these suggestions from the Humane Society. First you need to find where the pet accidents are happening,
and then re-train your pet to stop the activity. Pets have a great sense of smell and, once they’ve decided that the corner of your living room is where to go, they will go there over and over again. To stop this you need to have the area professionally cleaned.
You should contact your veterinarian and discuss the pet accidents to rule out any medical causes for the accidents.
If the problem isn’t medical in nature then it’s time to train/re-train your pet. The following links contain helpful training tips for your pet:
- Preventing litter box problems
- Solving litter box problems
- Housetraining puppies
- Housetraining adult or senior dogs
Clean Up Time
To help prevent staining and lingering odors start the clean up as soon as the pet accident happens or when you first notice it. We recommend calling a professional cleaning company that can deal with odor problems as lack of experience or pro
per equipment can make the problem worse. Flushing a urine stain, for example, will cause the urine to spread throughout the carpet and padding making the affected are even larger.
Things you can do:
- Soak up as much of the urine as possible with clean towels or paper towels. The more fresh urine you can get out before it dries the easier it will be to remove the odor. Put the clean towel or a thick stack of paper towels on the wet spot. Stand on the towels for about a minute. Remove the towels and repeat with new towels until the area is barely damp.
- If possible, put the fresh, urine-soaked paper towel in the area where it belongs—your cat’s litter box or your dog’s designated outdoor “bathroom area.” This will help remind your pet that eliminating isn’t a “b
ad” behavior as long as it’s done in the right place. – taken from Humane Society website
- It may be helpful to apply a urine absorbent powder to the area as well to remove any residual moisture. Sorry but I don’t have any recommendations for products to use as I never have used them. As with any other product you put on your carpet, be sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations and check for colorfastness.
Call us if you have any questions or need help with pet odors.