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How to Clean an Area Rug with Pet Urine

Having live-in pets, especially when they're still young and unable to conform to home training, can be an emotional roller coaster. Your puppy can be incredibly cute, on one hand, while messing up your carpet, upholstery and rugs. The thing about the mess they make is that it's mostly noticeable to visitors, or at least after you've been out of your home for some time. Because no one's comfortable with that much stench stinking up their home, here's the proper way on how to clean an area rug with pet urine.

How to Get Rid of Dog Odor From Carpet

Regardless of how good your dog shampoo is, pets tend to have a distinctive smell that sticks to furnishings. That odor will persist unless you do something about it. Here's what you can do.

- If you can't get a commercial neutralizing shampoo, make one at home. Just mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar with about 2 cups of water into a spray bottle. Shake the mixture very well before spraying lightly on the carpet, in the air, and on water safe furniture.

Note that odors are mostly caused by odor-causing bacteria. So the reason your carpet smells fresh after every wash is because the cleaning products and sanitizer used usually decreases the activities of these bacteria in your carpet.

How to Clean an Area Rug with Pet Urine

Method #1. Use An Enzymatic Cleaner

● First use a dry cloth to blot out the urine stain from the carpet

● Next, liberally apply an enzymatic odor and stain remover on the affected area. This product will break down the built-up bacteria, thus neutralizing the odor of the urine.

● Use either a paper towel or a dry cloth to soak up excess product from the carpet. You're not trying to dry the carpet, just take excessive water out - about 80%. Allow the 20% product left to sit for about a day or two, then vacuum the area.

● Lastly, put some baking powder on the area, so that any excess moisture in the carpet will be absorbed. If you still notice any odor coming off your carpet after taking these steps, then repeat the whole process again.

Method #2. Use Baking Soda & Vinegar

● Like with the previous method, the first thing you want to do is blot out the urine or stain with a dry cloth or paper towel.

● Make a homemade vinegar solution, made up of white vinegar and water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle.

● Lightly sprinkle some baking soda on the affected area, then spray the vinegar solution. This should create a bit of a fizz - meaning the solution is actively working against the bacteria living in that area.

● Allow the fizz to sit for some time, then blot it out with a dry cloth. Try not to scrub the area, just press the cloth down on the wet area to absorb the moisture.

In Conclusion

Do you know how to clean an area rug with pet urine? Sometimes the urine-affected spots are just too many and far in between for elbow greasing. At Aquaion 360, pet odors are removed using a chemical-free cleaning solution. A fiber friendly stain neutralizer will be applied on the area rug, together with an odor remover to break down the contaminant particles. This helps eliminate odors and bacteria, instead of simply masking them.


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