How to Get Cat Urine Out of Carpet

How to Get Cat Urine Smell Out of Carpet

If you were to take a survey the worst smells present in carpet, cat urine in carpet must be among the most offensive odors for most people. Because of this, knowing how to remove cat urine from carpet properly is a must.

Home Remedies vs. Full Restoration

We are going to cover both some home remedy cat urine carpet cleaner options to try as well as the surefire (but much more manually intensive option) in this post. Feel free to try the home remedies first with the caveat that many times they are not fully successful due to the pungency of the cat urine.

Usually the solutions will be more successful with recent, wet cat urine spots, instead of areas that have been repeatedly used as a cat bathroom and/or sprayed and marked with cat urine. For those, full restoration is likely needed.

Home Remedies For How to Remove Cat Urine Smell From Carpet

Cleaning Fresh Cat Urine Stains

Cold Water and a Towel

Use cold water and an old towel or paper towels to absorb as much of the cat urine odor as possible. If you have a portable carpet extractor (many people falsely refer to these as “steam cleaners”), saturate the area with cold water and then extract it.

Repeat a few times. You can also use a shop vac to extract water, but be prepared to toss your filter out afterwards and thoroughly clean the inside of the shop vac.

Apply Enzymatic Cat Urine Carpet Cleaner

Next, apply a pet urine enzymatic cleaner. Natures Miracle is a good consumer product to remove the stains and odors. Especially any of the “Urine Destroyer” products. Follow the instructions on the container or spray bottle.

While there are numerous concoctions available online involving dish soap,baking soda, vinegar and water, hydrogen peroxide and so on, in our experience, the above solution is the one that will get you the best results for cat pet stains.

Steps for How to Clean Dried Cat Urine From Carpet and Severe Cat Urine Cleaning

  • Locate and identify cat urine in carpet with a black light
  • Manually inspect walls and baseboards in affected areas for damage
  • Manually inspect for cat urine in carpet and pad
  • Depending on severity, clean or remove baseboards and drywall
  • Replace affected carpet pad and seal subfloor if necessary
  • Thoroughly clean both the carpet fibers and backing with pet enzyme cleaner
  • Let dry and reinstall carpet

Locating and Identifying Cat Urine in Carpet

There are a few methods to find the source of the cat urine smell. Our preference, and the preference of many professional carpet cleaning companies, is to use a black light. Cat urine glows under a black light due to the phosphorous contained in urine. This makes it easy to spot.

We recommend using a black light with a wide beam pattern and plenty of LEDs. You do not have to spend a fortune, and a cheap light can still work, it just makes the cat urine harder to see.

Using a Black Light

To use the black light, first turn off the lights and close the blinds. While it does not have to be completely dark in your home, trying to spot pet urine of any kind of daylight or a bright environment will be much tougher.

Next, scan the areas and identify where the cat urine smell is emanating from. Likely what you will find is that your problem may extend beyond simply having cat urine in the carpet. Often the cat pee has been sprayed on the baseboards, drywall, and an entire corner of the room. Take note of affected areas.

Manual Cat Urine Carpet and Wall Inspection

The next step is to see how bad the cat urine damage is. This is going to take a bit of poking, prodding, and pulling back the carpet.

After you’ve located the cat urine with the blacklight and before you start pulling back the carpet, we recommend examining the drywall and baseboards first. This will give you an idea of how bad the problem is and what level of deep cleaning you may need.

Cat Urine in Drywall and Baseboards

Start by using a blunt object, like a dowel or rod, to press on the drywall and baseboard. If a cat has frequently been using an area as a bathroom, many times you will find the drywall or composite baseboards have been saturated with urine.

Drywall will be soggy or crumbling, not firm. A light poke will not provide the resistance you would expect and may pass straight through. Baseboards (especially composite) will show visible damage like bubbling paint and warping.

Consider Calling a Professional

If you have damage as described above, now may be a good time to call a professional carpet cleaning company that specializes in pet odors and stains. These contaminated areas of drywall and baseboard likely need to be removed, sealed, and replaced.

Wood base boards can potentially be salvaged; however, drywall or composite baseboards will need to be discarded and replaced.

Inspecting the Carpet and Pad

Once you have located the cat urine with a blacklight and investigated the drywall and baseboards (assuming that is relevant to your issue), it’s time to really see how bad the cat urine in the carpet and pad is.

Pull Back and Examine the Carpet

Using needle nose pliers, you will need to reach under the baseboards and gently pull the carpet back, being careful not to rip the carpet. Once you have done this, it should be easy to spot the cause of the cat urine smell.

Examine the backing of the carpet. Cat urine should clearly show each ring or a cluster of rings where the cat has peed, and the urine has dried. It will appear as dark rings or a darkened area.

Look at the Tack Strips

Once the carpet has been lifted you can get a look at the carpet pad and the tack strips. Are the tack strips discolored, yellow or black? If so, those will need replacement.

Examine the Carpet Pad for Damage

Does the carpet pad have a moisture barrier? This will look like a plastic sheet on top of the pad. If so, it may be possible to clean it. If not, the carpet pad will likely show damage and should be replaced.

If the carpet pad does not have a moisture barrier, you should pull back the carpet pad to see if urine has made it through and into the subfloor beneath. Whether the subfloor is wood, or concrete is irrelevant.

Both are porous surfaces that cat urine odor can penetrate. If the urine has made it to the subfloor, it will need to eventually be encapsulated to get rid of the cat urine smell and keep it from creeping back up.

Surefire Method to Clean Dried Cat Urine From Carpet

Once you’ve identified the source of the cat urine odor, you have a few options. Either you can attempt to clean the area using a pet enzyme cleaner or other home remedies, or you can tackle the problem head on, knowing that you’ve done the job right.

In our experience, when dealing with cat urine, it’s best to remove damaged materials and replace them. Carpet itself can be thoroughly cleaned, however carpet pad (unless it has a moisture barrier) likely should be replaced.

Typically Cat Urine Stains Have Already Dried

Most of the time when you discover cat urine in a home, it already will be dried. Cats are often sneaky or are urinating in places that you may not initially notice. Often this discovery is not a single incident, either. Because it’s typically not an isolated incident, there is usually enough damage to warrant restoring the area, not just trying to cover up the odor.

Surefire Steps for How to Clean Cat Urine From Carpet

  • If the drywall and/or composite baseboards are affected, cut out and discard the affected areas. For solid wood baseboards, you can likely paint them with two coats of Kilz oil based paint to seal them.
  • If you have a moisture barrier on your carpet pad, clean it thoroughly the cat urine odor is gone. Otherwise, cut out and remove any cat urine saturated carpet pad and replace with a piece of pad that is of the same thickness and density.
  • If cat urine made it through to the subfloor, clean the area, let it dry, then seal the subfloor (wood or concrete) with two coats of Kilz paint.
  • Thoroughly clean and rinse both sides of the pulled back carpet. Both the face of the carpet and the backing will need to be thoroughly rinsed. Use a pet enzyme carpet cleaning solution for urine.
  • If you have a portable extractor, that will work best. Repeat until odor is removed and carpet is thoroughly rinsed. Let the carpet dry. Use fans if you have them to speed drying. Make sure the urine smell is gone once dry.
  • Replace any removed drywall or baseboards. Paint and prep the area.
  • Reinstall the carpet using a knee kicker. If it is a large area, a power stretcher may be necessary to properly stretch carpet back into place

Call the Professionals

As a professional carpet cleaning and repair company, here at MSS Cleaning, we’ve tackled more cat urine issues than you can probably imagine. If you’re in the Greater Denver Area and need our help, feel free to give us a call or book an appointment online with us!

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I shampooed my carpet and now it smells like urine

Small brown and white dog

Among the more common things we hear at MSS Cleaning is some variation of the phrase “I shampooed my carpet and now it smells like urine”. We’re going to break down the reasons why this common phenomenon occurs. Then we’re going to give you some tips on what to do about it.

Did your carpet smell like urine before you shampooed it?

The first question to ask is did the carpet already smell like urine before you shampooed it, or only afterwards? Many times, someone may not even realize there is urine in the carpet until an effort has been made to clean it. That’s because during the cleaning process, hot water is typically used (or at least it should be if the job is being done right).

Reactivating the urine odor in carpet

Hot water reactivates the bacteria and urea that give urine it’s foul odor. Many times, if urine has been sitting in the carpet for a long time (perhaps even years) it has been dormant and the smell has gone away. Other times, a home’s occupants have just become accustomed to the faint odor. Lastly, a deodorizing agent is being used to disguise the odor.

Urine is in the carpet pad, not just the carpet    

Many people don’t realize that carpet pad acts kind of like a giant sponge. Many carpet cleaning methods, such a shampooing or encapsulation only clean the carpet surface. They don’t address problems with the underlying pad.

Even certain “professional” carpet cleaning companies do nothing to treat the pad. Store bought pet urine shampoos and sprays don’t remove that urine from the carpet. However, they can mask it’s odor with deodorizers.

Pet urine on the underside of carpet and in the carpet pad

Shampooing the carpet only cleans the surface

Within the carpet cleaning world, shampooing a carpet is considered an ineffective, old school method. The reason for this is twofold: it leaves behind a soapy residue. Also, it only really cleans the carpet surface, not what lies beneath.

Similarly, a Rug Doctor or other store rented machine doesn’t really apply enough solution to clean beyond the carpet and into the pad.

What To Do About The Pet Urine and Odor

How do you find urine spots?

You probably would prefer not to have to crawl around on the floor and use your nose to smell for pet odor and urine. We understand.

Use a Black Light

Instead, a black light is going to be your first tool in identifying where the urine is. Shine a powerful black light on the carpet and urine will light up. This is most effective at night but can be done during the day by pulling the shades or using a powerful enough black light.

Pulling back the carpet

Most carpet cleaning companies won’t pull back the carpet to truly identify the severity of the pet urine issues. This, however, is the best way to find out just how bad the problem really is. All of the technicians at MSS Cleaning frequently use this method to identify the severity of the problem. When they are done, they stretch the carpet back into place.

Removing the urine odor

Hot water extraction to the rescue

Since shampooing pet odor is ineffective, and store bought products mostly just deodorize the urine, what can be done to actually solve the problem? The answer is truck mounted carpet cleaning using a hot water extraction machine.

This powerful machine, coupled with the correct solutions can usually fully rinse and extract the urine from the carpet and the pad.

Depending on the severity of the urine issue, we treat each pet urine case differently. Dog pee and cat pee also require different treatments. 

Hot water extraction carpet cleaning truck mount effective in removing pet urine
advanced pet odor removal with a flood extractor
Basic pet odor treatment

Sometimes a topical solution applied broadly over an area, followed by hot water extraction will be enough to take care of pet odor and stains.

Advanced flooding pet odor treatment

In areas that are more saturated in urine, we will have to “flood” an area in solution. Then we extract it with a flood extractor before completing the cleaning.

Carpet pad replacement

Lastly, in really bad cases, it can make more sense for us to pull up the carpet, replace the carpet pad, then clean the front and back of the carpet. Once that is completed, we can reinstall the carpet again.

Hiring a professional

In our area, the sad truth is that there are a lot of Denver carpet cleaners. Many of them don’t know the first thing about properly treating pet urine. They may still even be using the old school carpet shampoo machines to try and remove pet urine odor. Similarly many people want an easy DIY carpet cleaning solution.

The truth of the matter is that unless you’re talking about a small, really minor pet urine spot or two, you’re going to want to get professional help.

We have effectively cleaned pet urine out of countless homes throughout the Denver area. If you need carpet cleaning services in Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Centennial, or anywhere in the Greater Denver Area, give MSS Cleaning a call. We’re experts that won’t just deodorize pet urine, we’ll remove it.

Why Does a Carpet Stain Keep Coming Back?

Causes of Reappearing Carpet Stains and How to Deal With Them

If you’re reading this, you’re already probably frustrated with that carpet spot you’ve been working on but the carpet stain keeps coming back. As a professional carpet cleaning company, we understand your frustrations. Sometimes even for the pros, as much as we hate to admit it, a carpet stain keeps coming back.

carpet stain that keeps coming back

The Carpet Pad is Often The Problem

Almost always, the answer to this problem lies not in the carpet itself, but in the carpet pad. Carpet pads are kind of like a big sponge. They are typically a porous foam material.

The structure of carpet is such that fibers are effectively glued onto a carpet backing during manufacture. This leaves plenty of porous holes where liquid (or oil or grease) can seep through.

When a substance penetrates through the carpet fibers and the backing and then into the carpet pad, the “big sponge” traps the substance in it, and beneath it.

Usually this problem is more common when there is a large amount of something spilled. For example dog urine, dropping a full cup of coffee, a plate of greasy chicken wings, and so on.

Wicking From the Carpet Pad

When an effort is made to clean up whatever caused the spill, there may be initial success in getting the spot to lift. However, as it dries, the carpet fibers wick the staining substance back into them. Soon, what looked like a successful spot clean up, is back to looking terrible.

What’s the Solution to Carpet Spots That Keep Coming Back?

Once again, the answer lies in the carpet pad. If you can’t get the spilled substance out of the carpet pad, the spot is never going to go away. Most of the time, if you have a spot that keeps coming back, it’s time to call in the pros.

Three Professional Options

The answer to the problem lies deeper than your home spot cleaner is going to be able to clean. There are three professional level options to deal with reappearing spots and stains.

Professional Carpet Cleaning to Remove a Spot That Keeps Coming Back

Carpet cleaning reoccurring spots is typically where we start. Sometimes a good thorough cleaning will provide enough “oomph” to get the spot out. We can then apply a product called an encapsulant that will seal any remaining stain from coming back up through the carpet backing into the fibers.

Sealing in the Spot

For something that doesn’t have an odor, sealing in the spot with an encapsulant after cleaning can be a viable option. On rare occasions, we do get called back to a customer’s property when the stain reappears the next day, however.

carpet cleaning dirty stairs in Denver
Using a flood extractor to remove stubborn reappearing carpet stains wicking up from the carpet pad

Carpet Flooding to Solve a Reappearing Spot

I know what you’re thinking… I don’t mean an actual flood. What we refer to as “flooding” means that we take a bucket of solution and apply it to the stain. This has to be specific to what we’re trying to remove.

Pet urine carpet cleaning, for example, requires a different solution than a spilled tray of greasy chicken wings. The idea here is that we want to fully saturate the spot with something that will break it down.

For the chicken wing example, that’s probably a powerful citrus-based degreaser. For pet urine, it’s going to be a pet specific product that neutralizes odors and eliminates color.

Break Out The Flood Extractor

Once this solution has gone to work for an adequate period of time, we use a flood water extractor (just like we’d use on soaked carpet) to extract the water, cleaning solution, and whatever is left of the stain.

Carpet Pad Replacement

For the worst carpet stains that keep coming back no matter what you try, we usually opt to replace a piece of the carpet pad. For this carpet repair to be done, we’ll first pull back the carpet and clean it while it’s not pressed against the pad.

Next, we’ll cut out the affected area. Sometimes it’s also necessary to seal the subfloor with a special paint. Normally subfloor sealing is only needed for things like pet urine removal, with cat urine being the number one perpetrator.

Finally, we replace the piece of padding we cut out with a similar piece with the same density and thickness and we reinstall the carpet. Lastly, we stretch the carpet back into place.

Before, during and after carpet cleaning and carpet pad replacement to treat difficult carpet stains that keep coming back


Another potential cause of a carpet stain coming back is residue that has been left in the carpet. There are many kinds of residue. For example, a low cost, low quality carpet cleaning company may only rinse the carpet with water, leaving behind a soapy residue that attracts soil.

Another case may be if you used over the counter carpet cleaning spray and didn’t thoroughly rinse it.

A more fringe case, but one we still run into, is where people read online that using WD-40 on their carpets is a good idea. Yes, it is a solvent. It will break down some spots, like removing slime from carpet. However it leaves mineral oil behind in your carpet that turns into a dirt magnet.

This can make it look like the stain reappeared and make you feel like the stain keeps coming back when it’s actually a “fresh” stain attaching to residue left in the carpet.

carpet cleaning traffic lanes in a bedroom

Traffic Patterns: The Reappearing Stain May Not Be a Stain at All

It’s always a disappointment to customers when we have to inform them that what appears to be a stain is actually permanent damage to their carpet caused by wear and tear. Worn out carpet can often have the appearance of looking “dirty”.

Traffic lanes are the places in your home or business that get walked on over and over. Hallways, turns around a couch in the living room, or the spot your feet land when you sit down in your favorite arm chair to watch TV every night for 5-10 years.

Traffic Patterns May Be Dirty As Well

These spots may actually be dirty as well, and will clean up to some extent, however the only cure to create new looking carpet in these spots is to either patch the carpet (which can be tricky trying to patch new carpet into old carpet), or replace the whole carpet to achieve a uniform look.

Sometimes during a professional carpet cleaning (or even a DIY carpet cleaning), when the carpet is wet, it will look like the problem has been solved. Once it dries, though, there are those pesky traffic lanes again.

Need Help Getting Rid of Spots That Keep Coming Back?

If you are in or around Denver and need professional assistance getting rid of those stubborn reappearing carpet stains, give us a call. We’ve tackled just about every kind of stain you can think of. Even those rare stains that can’t be removed can be patched with a different piece of carpet. Regardless of your carpet cleaning or carpet repair needs, trust the pros at MSS Cleaning.

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Removing Dog Urine From Carpet

Dog sitting on carpet

Help! I Can’t Get Dog Urine Smell Out of My Carpet

Here’s why you, and the carpet cleaner you already hired, can’t get the dog urine smell in your carpet to go away

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DIY Dog Urine Carpet Cleaning vs. Professional Carpet Cleaning 

When it comes to removing dog urine from carpet, the deciding factor on whether you can tackle the problem yourself or if you should call in a professional carpet cleaner comes down to the severity of the dog urine issue. 

For isolated incidents, especially with small dogs, removing the stain and smell can likely be done with the right know-how. For larger problems like numerous pet urine accidents or badly saturated areas, fully removing the smell and stain is likely not possible without professional help.

Internet Pet Urine Remedies

The internet is full of ideas on how to remove dog urine from carpet. Vinegar solution, ammonia, various pet enzymes, consumer “steam cleaners”. Often times, these are promises of DIY solutions that just don’t work as well as you’d like.

Perhaps you’ve tried some of these techniques. If you have, and they haven’t worked, you’re looking for a better solution. This may involve bringing in a professional carpet cleaner. But, before we get there, let’s explore what you can do yourself vs. what a professional can do.

Different Types of Consumer Dog Urine Treatments

Dog urine odor treatments usually fall into two categories: Enzymatic pet treatments and deodorizers. Enzymatic treatments work reasonably well.

Enzymes can actually consume the pet urine and help to remedy the issue, while deodorizers simply hide the smell. In either case, often times once it gets warm and sunny and the house heats up, the smell of dog urine increases.

MSS Cleaning dog, Steve, who was responsible for many dog urine stains

My Dog Urine Story – Why MSS Cleaning Exists

Years ago my wife and I went away on a trip and left our dogs in the care of a friend. We came home to find the carpet covered in dog urine spots. At 100 lbs, our dog is not small. We tried everything we could to clean the dog urine from the carpet.

We tried: home remedies and Pinterest solutions, renting a rug doctor, dousing the spots beyond liberally with Nature’s Miracle and even then renting the rug doctor again and trying a different detergent. It didn’t work. It got a bit better, but it was still driving us crazy.

We Hired a Carpet Cleaner to Help

Failing to remove the dog urine ourselves, we hired a company to clean the carpets. They really didn’t know what they were doing, in retrospect. That carpet cleaning didn’t work either.

So, we hired them to come back and replace portions of the carpet pad. That helped, but it didn’t fully solve the problem. 

Feeling out of options, we lived with the dog urine odor until… I bought a carpet cleaning company. Yes, this experience actually helped lead me to buy a carpet cleaning business. 

Recommendations on DIY Dog Urine Removal

Smaller Isolated Dog Urine Spots

  1. If the dog urine spot is still wet, use a portable extractor and warm water to rinse and extract as much of the urine as possible. If the spot is dry, wet it and extract as much urine as possible with the portable extractor. Our go-to is the Bissell Spot Clean Pro.
  2. Apply a mixture of 50% white vinegar and 50% warm water. If you have a portable extractor, you can put this right in the tank and apply with the sprayer. Thoroughly wet the area then extract as much as you can.
  3. Use a towel or a bunch of paper towels and press firmly into the area to try and draw out as much remaining liquid as possible.
  4. Liberally sprinkle baking soda on to the pet urine stain
  5. Let dry, then vacuum.
  6. If odor is still present, we’ve found Nature’s Miracle to be the best consumer enzymatic product. Apply and let dry per the instructions on the container.

Large Area or Multiple Dog Urine Spots

Realistically now it’s time to call a professional carpet cleaning company that specializes in pet odor and stain removal. Like my story above, you’re really going to be better off calling a professional here. If you try and DIY major dog urine issues, you’ll likely spend a bunch of time and money on products only to be back where you started and then have to hire a carpet cleaning company.

Nothing beats a powerful truck mounted machine, like the ones we use. Our equipment generates far more suction, pressure and heat than anything not purpose-built, and it’s necessary to remove major dog urine issues properly.

How Do Professionals Remove Significant Dog Urine Odor From Carpet?

When dealing with major pet urine issues, cleaning the carpet isn’t the big problem. Pet urine can be cleaned from most standard carpet relatively easily. The issue is actually the carpet pad and the subfloor beneath it.

Carpet pad is basically a giant sponge that traps and holds on to dog urine until it dries, leaving a nasty, stinky mess.

Identifying Dog Urine Spots in Carpet

The first thing you need to do is to identify the dog urine spots either with the naked eye, by using a black light, or by pulling the carpet back and looking at the underside.

When feasible, we prefer to pull back the carpet. It really allows you to look at the carpet pad and very obviously shows the dog urine stains on the backing of the carpet.

Dog urine stains showing through on the back of a piece of pulled back carpet

3 Options To Properly Cleaning Dog Urine From Carpet

Depending on the severity of the dog urine issue, a quality carpet cleaning professional will usually perform one of the three following options.


Applying topical dog urine treatment to carpet with a power sprayer

1.) Basic Pet Urine Treatment

If the spots are not too severe, a professional grade topical treatment can be applied. This will break down the dog urine and allow for extraction.

The carpet and the pad can both be treated topically. Topical pet treatment does an OK (but still far better than you could do yourself) job of cleaning the carpet, but there are certainly more advanced options.

If a topical treatment isn’t going to cut it, the carpet is going to need either a flood treatment or it’s going to need a carpet pad replacement.

Advanced dog urine removal treatment using a carpet flood extractor

2.) Advanced Pet Urine Treatment – Carpet Flooding

This more serious extraction technique is referred to as “flooding”. The idea is to apply a literal bucket full of a specialized pet urine neutralizing solution to the affected urine area. 

This solution saturates the pet urine stain, breaking down the urea and urine salts in the carpet and the carpet pad. Once it’s allowed to work for 30 minutes or so, it can then be extracted using the body weight of the user standing on the tool.

This technique removes as much urine as possible from the carpet pad which is particularly important because carpet pad is basically a big foam sponge and it holds liquid (hint: dog urine).

The vast majority of time, flooding works great for smaller areas that have been urine saturated. 

Replacing carpet pad in an area affected by dog urine

3.) Carpet Pad Replacement

We recommend carpet pad replacement in the affected areas when dog and cat urine damage is so widespread that it would end up costing our pet owners more to flood many spots than to just replace the carpet pad in the room.

A good carpet cleaning company should have a pretty good feel for when this is going to be necessary. We’ve done more than enough of these jobs to know before we even begin the work what we should recommend to our customers.

How to Replace the Damaged Carpet Pad

First all the furniture must be removed, then the carpet must be taken off the pad and set aside. The old carpet pad is thrown out. If the subfloor is damaged by urine, we strongly recommend sealing the subfloor with Kilz or an odor blocking oil-based paint.

New pad is then installed as well as new tack strip in any areas where the tack strip has been compromised by the dog urine.

Finally, the carpet needs to be cleaned, both on the front of the carpet fibers as well as the backing of the carpet. Once all of this has been completed, we stretch the carpet back in to reinstall.

Is This Approach to Removing Dog Urine from Carpet Foolproof?

The only method for removing dog urine from carpet that’s truly foolproof is going to be a carpet pad replacement and floor sealing. We do many dog urine carpet cleaning jobs and have very rarely ever been called back for an odor that returns.

We Hope This Helped!

We know that removing pet urine odors and stains from carpet is not an easy task. Hopefully this information has been helpful for you. If you live in the Denver area and would like to hire us to help you with your dog urine carpet cleaning issues, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We look forward to working with you!

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How To Remove Pet Odors From Your Carpet

How to Remove Pet Odors from Your Carpet

Owning pets comes with many joys. Walking through the door and seeing your puppy wag his tail in excitement as you are tackled with love might be one of the highlights of your day. Unfortunately, with our furry friends often comes unsightly stains and less than desirable odors. You’ve tried burning candles, spraying odor killers in the air. Still you cannot seem to rid your home of that pesky pet odor. Check out our guide to combating pet odors in the home. If your carpet is starting to show the wear and tear of your four legged friend, or if a pesky odor from your pet seems to persist, this post is for you. We are here to help you learn the best tactics for removing pet odors and stains from your carpet safely and effectively.

Stay On Top Of Cleaning

dog lying next to vacuum cleaner on cream pattered rugOne of the first things you should do to help combat the odors associated with owning pets is to clean frequently. Even if you have a pet that doesn’t seem to visibly shed much, you need to vacuum your carpets frequently. Pets not only shed their fur throughout your home, they also leave behind dander and dirt. Make it a point to vacuum carpeted rooms more than once every week. When you vacuum, don’t quickly sweep over the area. Start with one corner of the room and work your way through the room with slow motions. Focus on slowing down when you pull the vacuum back towards you as this is when the most suction occurs. Vacuum similar to the style you would mow a lawn, with straight overlapping lines. Once you have made your way through the entire room, go over it again but reverse the direction of your lines so you hit the carpet fibers from a different direction.

Treat Stains Immediately

Is your pup still learning the ropes of potty training? Do you have a cat that likes to express their disdain for you being gone all day with urine marks? It is important to treat all stains as soon as possible. You can use an over the counter solution, or make your own. A simple DIY natural solution can be made by first soaking the stain with vinegar, then adding a little baking soda. Be sure to put the vinegar down first or you’ll be reliving your elementary school science class volcano.

Baking soda can also be used on a weekly basis sans the vinegar. First vacuum your carpet thoroughly. Then sprinkle baking soda across the area. With a small brush work the baking soda gently into the carpet. Let the baking soda sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Then vacuum up the baking soda. This will help pull out any grease or lingering odors.

Check back soon for Part 2 removing pet odors and stains from your carpet. Use the form below to reach out for more information about our carpet cleaning services. We can help you tackle your hard to remove pet odors and stains.

Keep Your Furry Pals Groomed

Boxer dog lying on white carpetAnother way to prevent odor build up is to ensure your furry pals are clean. Groom them frequently. Dogs who are not bathed will be more prone to shedding dander along with excessive amounts of fur. If your dog spends time outside, make sure you clean all four paws before letting your pal run around the house. During muddy seasons, keep a towel by the door to ensure you don’t wind up with dirty prints on your carpets.

Change Your Air Filters

When was the last time you changed your HVAC filter? Although this may seem unrelated to your carpet, it can contribute to that musty dog or cat smell around the home. Your home’s air filter should be changed a few times a year. If you have noticed your allergies getting worse, it could be due to the build up of dander and fur in your HVAC system. Changing your filter is simple and cheap, but will improve the quality of your indoor air greatly.

Schedule Carpet Cleaning

Keeping up with ongoing cleaning, including ensuring your pets are well groomed, will help a lot towards keeping your home fresh. However, if you own pets, you need to schedule regular, professional carpet cleaning on a frequent basis. Over time, even well behaved pets who never have accidents and allow you to groom them frequently will contribute to the buildup of grime, dirt, dust, and dander in your carpet. Regular vacuuming and cleaning cannot reach the deepest parts of your carpet fibers. Steam cleaning will target the deepest parts of your carpeting, and the high powered extraction methods we use will pull out odor-inducing pet hair, dander, and urine. This will leave your home smelling fresh and looking clean. It will also improve the longevity of your carpet, which means lowered costs for you in the long run.

Reach Out Today For Help With Pet Odor Removal

If you have tried all the methods listed above, all the methods from Part 1 of this blog series, and your carpet still has a lingering odor, contact our technicians. We can assist you with high powered steam cleaning for your carpet. 

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