Remove the Odor, Not the Pet

Cute. Cuddly. Stinky. Our furry friends provide a wealth of love and companionship, but when nature calls they can also stain your carpet and clothes. Accidents do happen, so let’s see what we can do to get rid of stains and odors.

There are many reasons why your furbaby made a mess, but typically these things just happen. If you have a new puppy or kitten, your new bundle of joy will most certainly relieve himself in a place he’s not supposed to. If necessary, a vet visit can rule out any health-related issues that cause accidents (incontinence, bladder infections, etc.), so you’ll most likely need to focus on training so your pets know where they can safely do their business.

Because animals are likely to use the same spot to eliminate, it’s important to properly clean the mess so they don’t repeat the mistake. For “fresh” stains on carpets or rugs, use paper towels and/or newspaper to soak up as much as the urine as possible. Pad the wet area for a few minutes until only damp.  If possible, place the urine-soaked paper in the area where you do you want your pet to relieve himself so he associates his scent with that spot. Next, rinse the stain with cool, clean water and blot as much of the water as you can or use a wet vac to suck it up.

Stains that have already set are more problematic, so it’s time to bring out the big guns. If you can, rent an extractor or wet vac from your local hardware store to power out the stain with cool water (without cleaner). Avoid steam cleaning as heat will permanently set pet stains in your carpet. A combo of a good carpet stain remover and high-quality pet odor neutralizer from the pet store can also help remove urine stains/smells.  Don’t use normal household cleaners, especially those with ammonia or vinegar, since those will only mask the smell, further setting the stain, which may further encourage your furball to use that spot again. You can also tryhomemade remedies that have been proven to work just as well.

For clothes and machine-washable items, wash normally but add a 1-pound box of baking soda to your detergent, then let your items air dry.  If you’re still seeing or smelling stains after washing, rewash and use an enzymatic cleaner from your local pet store that’s specifically made to remove pet odors. Follow the directions on the cleaner for best results and to keep your clothes safe.

If you’re still having trouble, bring your stained items to any Crest Cleaners and we’ll get you odor free.  We also do area rugs!