How to Remove Urine Stain from Carpet?
Every pet owner must be aware of this phenomenon called ‘urine stained carpet’. Although most pets are loo trained, it’s usual for young pups and aged dogs to urinate anyplace they can find.
Cheaper carpets aren’t stain-resistant, hence they can easily soak the urine into the fiber and retain the stain easily. Urine stain gives out a bad look and smell to the carpet.
Those who own synthetic carpets must be aware of this. It takes a lot more effort to clean up the stain from synthetic carpets than wool.
How to Remove Urine Stain from Carpets?
- The first thing you can do is soak up the urine using paper towels or a cloth (cotton). Press firmly into the area using any material like an old shoe or something disposable which will help absorb as much urine as possible from the carpet.
- Make a 50-50 solution using white vinegar and water in a bowl. Prepare enough solution so you can use it until you can reach deep down into the carpet’s fibers.
- Pour the solution onto the stained area. Using a scrubbing brush or soft-brush start scrubbing vigorously in the area. The area is to reach deeper. (The vinegar-water solution will help to neutralize the ammonia present in the urine.)
- Blot the treated stain using a paper towel or cloth, pressing firmly into it. Repeat until the area is dry.
- Take one or two handfuls of baking soda and sprinkle it onto the stain evenly.
- Mix one-half cup of three percent hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent and apply onto the stain. You can choose to use the scrubbing brush to thoroughly spread it and clean the carpet.
- Once dry, vacuum the area.
- If you own a shop-vac, you can use it to extract any remaining urine from the fiber.
- To make the cleaning-solution, take one-quarter teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent (without bleach or lanolin) and mix it with one cup of warm water.
What causes involuntary urination in Pets?
Some pets may suffer from accidental or involuntary urination. There can be many reasons for involuntary urination in pets which are mainly caused by;
Age-related incontinence – Aged dogs tend to have weakening muscle that holds urine in the bladder.
Hormone-responsive incontinence –it is common in neutered dogs and spayed females when they leak urine while resting.
Cystitis – It is a bladder infection in dogs which makes it harder to hold urine
Urethral blockage – Urethral blockage is caused mostly by kidney stone or tumor causing incontinence
Behavioral issues – submissive urination occurs when a dog is acting submissive.
- Keep your pets out of the carpet area, especially bedroom and living area. Read more How to keep carpet maintained if you have pets?
- Purchase natural fiber carpets over synthetic carpets, as natural fibers are stain resistant.
- Apply spill trap in your carpet. A spill trap is a barrier between your carpet and the pad. It prevents liquid from seeping from your carpet into your pad. It’s far easier to get stains and smells out of your carpet itself than out of a pad.