Is it Possible to get Cat Urine out of a Carpet?
You love your cat but he had an accident on your carpet! What do you do??
- If your cat has recently had an accident on your carpet, the first thing you should do is to blot up as much of the urine as possible.
Do not scrub the area or rub it. When you think you’ve gotten as much as possible, blot the area again but this time use a towel that has been soaked in warm water. Be careful not to get the area too wet—you may force the urine in deeper. If your cat went in a spot that has already dried and you’re not sure where the soiled area is a great way to detect the exact spot is to purchase a black light. In a dark room the black light is extremely effective at lighting up urine stains and can find not only new stains but old ones.
- Next, wet the spot with a solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% water.
Use enough liquid to penetrate the fibers deep down into the carpet but not so much that it could pool below the carpet onto the sub floor. Let the area dry – open a window and make sure the relative humidity in the room is not so much that the dampness remains. Or you can turn on a room fan or an oscillating fan pointed at the area. Try putting a paper towel over the area so that everyone in the house knows not to step on it. If you need to speed up the process, try blotting the spot with paper towels – lightly and remember to not rub.
How is this working? The acidity of vinegar neutralizes the ammonia found in cat urine.
- How do i get rid of the urine smell in my carpet?
You’ve taken care of the spot, but the area has a bit of urine odor left. Make sure the spot is completely dry – it is better to wait a few days to do the next step! Apply a liberal amount of baking soda over the affected area and then sprinkle it with a quarter of a cup of hydrogen peroxide mixed with a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent. Work it into the carpet with a scrubbing brush or your fingers to dissolve the baking soda and work it down into the carpet. Allow it to dry again. Then vacuum the carpet thoroughly.How is this working? The vinegar will neutralize the ammonia and the hydrogen peroxide is a powerful oxidizer capable of killing bacteria which cause the urine smells. Baking soda is a well known deodorizer which absorbs odors. Sprinkle it on your carpet monthly then vacuum up to keep your carpet smelling fresh all the time.You may have to repeat the above process a few times for extremely soiled areas.
- Have a stain or odor that just won’t go??
Angelo’s Cleaning can help!
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