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By Pam Jank | Agent in Coeur D Alene, ID

How To: Get rid of Dog/Cat, Pet Urine odors from Carpets

 How To:  Clean Dog/Cat Urine Odor out of carpet.

This is really great advice I found for cleaning Dog/Cat urine odors out of the carpet.

It is important for Sellers to be aware of the odors in their home.  Since they live there, they may not be aware of how offensive the odors may be to Agents and potential Buyers. Be honest with your Seller and explain the importance of removing these odors. They don't want to scare away a potential Buyer.

  1. 1.    If the pet has recently urinated on the carpet, first absorb as much of the pet urine as possible using paper towels or an old towel. Place clean paper towels over the urine area and tread on them so as to absorb as much of the urine as possible. Repeat with dry towels until no more moisture can be absorbed.

Areas of pet urine that have dried and previously gone undetected can be found with the aid of a black light. The urine stains will fluoresce under the ultra violet light in a darkened room. Hand held black lights are quite inexpensive, usually costing $15 - $25. To save the expense of a black light you can always use your nose to detect the source of the odor. Put your nose down close to the carpet and sniff away.

  1. 2.   Next, wet the area with a solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% water. Make sure you use enough of the solution to penetrate the fibers deep down.

After the vinegar treatments dry off the carpet as much as possible. You can assist drying by blotting with paper towels as described above. If you own a wet/dry vacuum extractor use that to remove excess moisture.

  1. 3.   Apply a handful of baking soda over the affected area and drizzle it with a quarter of a cup of hydrogen peroxide mixed with a teaspoon of liquid dish-washing detergent (not caustic detergent that you put in a dishwasher). Work it in with a scrubbing brush or your fingers (be sure to wear rubber gloves) to dissolve the baking soda and work it down well into the carpet. Allow it to dry. Once dry the baking powder will vacuum up easily taking all the odors with it.

That's all there is to it. It's as simple as that. 1-2-3 and that dog/cat pee smell is gone. It really does work.

The vinegar will neutralize the ammonia and hydrogen peroxide is a powerful oxidizer capable of killing bacteria, which cause the urine smells. Baking soda is a well-known deodorizer which absorbs odors. Sprinkle it on your carpet monthly then vacuum up to keep your carpet smelling fresh all the time.

Important:  Never use ammonia or ammonia-based products on the carpet. One of the ingredients of urine is ammonia and your cat may well be encouraged to re-offend in the same area if it detects the smell of ammonia. Many household cleaner cleaners contain ammonia so be sure to read the label.

If you don't have hydrogen peroxide on hand you could substitute it in an emergency for a spray laundry stain remover. Check the bottle. If it says 'Oxy' anywhere on the label then it probably contains hydrogen peroxide.

Caution, you should test your carpet for color fastness in an inconspicuous area. 
Use only 3% Hydrogen Peroxide.

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