At Immaculate Home Chem-Dry of Orange County, we adore our pets! However, their accidents and messes drive us crazy. We know that occasionally pet urine stains and smells can be too much for pet owners to handle— sometimes you may be tempted to just rip out your “ruined” carpet!
Fortunately, Immaculate Home Chem-Dry is here to lend a hand to pet owners in Orange County! We’ve gathered the top ways to remove pet urine stains and odors for good!
Store-Bought Pet Urine Stain Removal Products
If you’re at the store, it might be worth your while to pick up a bottle of store-bought pet urine removal. You might be surprised, but there are actually several store-bought stain removers that are effective and non-toxic. We suggest using OxiClean, Resolve, or Spot Shot, which can be found in most stores in the area or online.
Before you apply a store-bought remover, be sure to dry up as much urine moisture as you can with a towel. Next, apply the remover* and wipe the excess solution away with a clean cloth. From there, rinse the area with water to remove any leftover residue. After that, dry the area with a towel and then vacuum your carpet.
*Always use a small amount of remover first before applying more. Over-saturating a urine stain with cleaning solutions may leave dirt-attracting residue on your carpet.
We love a good DIY cleaning solution! These homemade pet urine and stain removers are easy to prepare and you likely already have all of the ingredients right in your pantry. We will give you one crucial piece of advice though — some homemade cleaners have the potential to discolor your carpet, so make sure to spot-check a small area on your carpet before you clean the whole stain.
DIY Solution 1: Baking Soda + Vinegar
For this method, wet the urine stain with vinegar and then pour baking soda on top. You should hear the bubbling sound of the vinegar and baking soda reacting together. Next, cover the stain with plastic wrap or a towel and wait for the area to dry. It may take up to two days for the spot to completely dry. Once that is complete, remove the wrap or towel and pick up the leftover baking soda. After that, clean the stained area with water, pat it dry with a cloth, and vacuum up excess moisture.
DIY Solution 2: Dishsoap + Hydrogen Peroxide + Water
This solution requires you to mix 4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with 2 tablespoons of warm water. Combine these ingredients in a spray bottle with several drops of regular dish soap. Spray this mixture on the stain a bit at a time. After applying the spray, lightly rinse the spot with water, dry it with a cloth, and vacuum up the leftover moisture. You can repeat this process if necessary.
DIY Solution 3: Dishwasher Detergent + Water
For this solution, combine ¼ teaspoon of dishwasher detergent* with 1 cup of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray this mixture onto the stain, pat the area dry with a towel or cloth, and then vacuum the carpet.
*Make sure you use dishwasher detergent and not dishsoap or laundry detergent!
DIY Solution 4: Ammonia + Water
Last but not least, our ammonia and water pet urine stain remover! For this method, mix 2 tablespoons of ammonia into 1 cup water and then apply this solution to the urine-stained area. Blot the spot with a towel until dry and then vacuum up the excess water.
Call Your Local Carpet Cleaners in Orange County
When pets have an accident on your carpet, their urine will often seep beneath the carpet surface and into the carpet backing and padding. As the moisture from the urine dries, concentrated odor crystals get left behind. These urine crystals release a smelly urine odor in your home unless the crystals are properly removed by professional carpet cleaners with high-tech equipment and special pet urine removal treatments only available to those in the industry.
Luckily, that’s where Immaculate Home Chem-Dry comes in! We recommend getting a pet urine odor and stain removal in Orange County every 3-4 months to keep your home clean and healthy for your family and, of course, your pets.