Oh no! The dreaded accident on your favorite rug!
Every pet owner has been there — your puppy is going through training and is good 95% of the time or your cat is not happy and is making a statement to make his demands met! Urine stains and odors on a rug or wall-to-wall carpet (even worse) can not be dismissed.
Pet urine removal directions:
- Time is of the essence here, so take a deep breath and gather your best defenses: a roll of paper towels, a few bags to contain the mess, a bottle or can of your go-to spray of spot remover or cleaner, a white rag or old towel.
- Blot up as much of the urine as possible with paper towels. If you want to step on the paper towels, the best way to do so is to take a few plastic grocery bags and either put them on top of the towels or wrap your shoes with hem and then proceed to discard. This will eliminate tracking any of the urine or the odor to any other areas in your home or on the surrounding rug.
- Please note: Make sure not to scrub! Scrubbing your rug will make more of a mess and push the urine further into the carpet fibers and surrounding area.
- When you think you have as much of the pet accident up as possible, blot the area again using the old towel. Make sure that the towel is soaked in warm water and lightly wrung but not dripping. But be careful not to get the area too wet— you may force that urine even deeper into the carpet.
- Blot the area again but this time with a dry paper towel or even better an old thirsty towel.
- Next, apply a low-residue carpet spot remover and let this sit for 60 seconds and then again blot the spot.
- Take a deep breath – you’re almost done!
- Finally, fold a dry towel to several layers, place over the spot and apply at least 10 pounds of weight. Let this sit overnight. When you remove the towel in the morning, fluff the carpet fibers up and allow to dry. If the spot returns after a few days, repeat the last two steps.
After the carpet dries, stick your nose down to the carpet and give it a good whiff. Any odor? If so, please be very careful what you use. Most store-bought deodorizers only work in mild odor situations. Don’t over-use them; you may do more harm than good.