We all love our pets but, unfortunately, there is an occasional unwanted side-effect. Animals just don’t have the same degree of bladder control as you or I. Even a highly-trained animal is prone to the odd little carpet-related outburst. And let’s make no bones about it, animal urine has, to put it mildly, an extremely pungent odour.
Stage One: Remove as much of the urine from the carpet as possible.
Important note. Do not use a hairdryer or heater on the wet area. This will just distribute the smell of urine throughout the entire house. It will also ‘bake’ the urine into the carpet making it practically impossible to get rid of the smell.
- Remove as much of the urine from the carpet as possible by dabbing and blotting with paper towels. The more absorbent the paper towels, the better. Don’t skimp, use the best quality product you can lay your hands on (it will be worth the expense).
- When you can no longer extract any more urine by blotting, place three or four layers of paper towels on the accident spot and place something heavy on top (some hardback books in a plastic bin liner, for example). Leave for about half an hour. You’ll be surprised at how damp those paper towels are when you go back to them.
- Mix half a cup of corn flour and half a cup of bicarbonate of soda and cover the urine-affected area of carpet. Leave for up to an hour. Remove the majority of this mixture with a dust pan and brush and vacuum up the remainder.
Stage Two: Destroy the bacteria that is largely responsible for the urine smell.
- Pour small quantities of rubbing alcohol onto the urine-affected area of carpet and, using a cloth or brush, scrub gently. Repeat this frequently, always using a small quantity of rubbing alcohol and allowing it to evaporate. Continue for about ten to fifteen minutes. Leave for about an hour to ensure any residue evaporates. Remember, rubbing alcohol is highly flammable, so take care.
- In one bucket, make a solution of hot soapy water, using an antibacterial soap. Fill another bucket with clear, hot water. Starting from the outside of the urine-affected area of carpet and working inward, scrub with a thick cloth and the soapy water. Continue for about ten minutes. Use a fresh cloth and the clear water to remove and soapy residue. Dry as much as possible with paper towels but don’t worry if the area of carpet is still damp (we’re about to wet it again, anyway).
- Make a mixture two thirds water and two thirds white vinegar. Dab the solution into the area, then using clear water and a fresh cloth or paper towels, remove any residue. Leave to dry. This could take up to 24 hours. Again, no hairdryers or heaters.
- Once the carpet is dry to the touch, repeat the corn flour/bicarbonate of soda process above.
- Fill a spray gun with a dilute solution of tea tree oil and water (carefully follow the instructions on the tea tree oil bottle). For about half a day or so, spray the area regularly, but not so often it becomes damp (about once every couple of hours should do it).
Stage Three: You can start inviting people to your house again!
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