Those of us who have pets know firsthand that our furry friends are truly members of our family. They bring endless joy but also some stank. Sometimes your beloved cat or dog really stinks up the house. Pet odors linger and reek worse than your sweaty gym socks. For as much as we love our four-legged family members, they can make our clothes, furniture, and bedding at the home smell, well, pretty funky.
Keep your pets nice and clean.
If you don't want your stuff to smell like a stinky pet, then you might want to consider giving them a weekly bath—or more if they get dirty. Bathe pets with gentle, natural shampoos or use grooming sprays for a quick spritz in between bath times to keep them clean and fresh-smelling.
What not to use
Ammonia is high on the list of things not to use to clean up dog pee or cat urine. Urine already has an ammonia odor, so adding more will just make the smell worse. Cats, in particular, are likely to return to that area because they are attracted to the ammonia smell. And whatever you do, don't ever combine bleach with ammonia. You could die from inhaling the fumes. Mixing bleach and ammonia is extremely dangerous.
Don't use detergent or any home-based remedy first. Saturate the area with the enzymatic cleaner. Blot it and let it air dry. Treat it again. As a final touch, consider zapping the area with an extracting carpet cleaner, the kind that shoots water down into the carpet fiber, then sucks the dirtied water back up again for disposal.
Dried pet urine on fabric and carpets
Start by rinsing the area thoroughly with plain water. Rent a wet vac and keep saturating and vacuuming the area until clean. Do not use a steam cleaner, since the heat will set the odor and the stain permanently. If you don’t want to rent a wet vac, you can try wetting and blotting the spot repeatedly, using warm water and clean towels.
Mix a one-to-one solution of white vinegar and water. Using a sponge, rub the solution onto the stain. Let it sit for 5-to-10 minutes, and then wipe it up with a clean, dry towel. If you’re nervous about the effects of vinegar on your floors, try this more diluted version. Either way, test the solution on a small inconspicuous section of the floor first.If the odor lingers, sprinkle baking soda on the floor while it’s still damp, and let it sit for at least several hours or overnight. Then vacuum it up with the soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner.
Regardless of what your pet has piddled on, your best course of action is to act fast. The sooner you get to it, the more likely you’ll be able to remove all traces of urine odor. Aside from wanting your home to smell fresh and clean, you don’t want to leave any lingering traces of his accident for your pet to find, since he may then decide this is his new favorite spot to pee.
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*We hope to give you better ideas for your pet, but this information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian. If your pet feels bad, please take it to the veterinarian in time.