Having a pet dog at home is a huge responsibility, especially when it is still a puppy. During the initial few months when the puppy is being potty trained, it is likely that it will urinate around the house. This may leave your carpet, cushions, sofas, beds and sometimes even furniture covered with urine stains.
However, more than the stain, the odor is really unbearable. Moreover, dogs are very good at catching smells and can go back to the same place to urinate again. Having such odor in the house can be quite frustrating and sometimes embarrassing, especially when you have guests at home. So, finding a solution for removal of this odor is extremely crucial.
Dog owners have to understand that there is no simple and easy method to eliminate the strong stench that comes from dog urine. To remove the odor, patience is needed. It may take some time to get rid of the foul smell completely. It is possible with some simple ingredients and a little hard work. Here are some steps that for removing dog urine smell.
Step 1: Wetting the Area
Removing the odor from a freshly urinated area is easier than removing it from older and dried-up areas. So, if the urine stain is still wet, skip this step and move towards the next. But, it continues to emit a foul odor even when it has become old and dry. So, if you are able to smell but are not able to trace the stain, a black light can help.
Switch off all the lights in the room and turn on a black light lamp which is easily available in local stores. The black light makes the urine stain glow brightly. Mark all these areas with a chalk or a piece of yarn. Once you have spotted the problem area, wet it with a lot of cool water. Also, use a carpet cleaning machine to wet the area thoroughly.
Step 2: Absorbing Urine
This is very important step as even if the stains are removed, the dog may smell the urine and come back to the same place if traces of it remain in the lower layers of the carpet. Use newspapers or cloth to absorb the urine completely. Most people prefer newspapers over cloth as they are quite inexpensive and one need not waste much time washing the cloth.
One can also use the combination of newspapers and clothes. Fold a piece of newspaper and place it on the urine stain. After this, one must stand over the newspaper to help it soak up all the urine from that area. This process should be repeated till the area becomes completely dry.
Step 3: Cleaning the Stain
Clean the stain using a commercial stain remover made of enzymes. Enzymes have the ability to absorb the bacteria that emit the foul smell. Usually, the labels of these commercial dog urine odor and stain removers have directions according to which they should be used. But, most people find them expensive. So, here are some home remedies.
White vinegar is something that is found in every household. To remove the dog urine odor, combine 50% white vinegar with 50% water in a container. Pour this solution onto the urine stain and scrub gently with a brush. Scrubbing will help the solution to penetrate into the lower fibers of the carpet.
When this is done, blot the area in the same way as it was done in the aforementioned steps i.e. with newspapers or cloth. The vinegar aids in neutralizing the ammonia found in the urine.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
A solution made of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can also be helpful. Take 4 ounces of 3% hydrogen peroxide and mix it with 4 ounces of baking soda. Add a teaspoon of liquid detergent or dish soap to it and mix it in a quart of water. Before using this solution, it is necessary to wear hand gloves.
You can pour this solution onto the stain or spray it. With a brush, scrub the solution very gently. While the peroxide helps to clean the stain, the baking soda in it acts as a natural odor neutralizer. Air dry the area completely, followed by the use of a vacuum cleaner to get rid of the traces of baking soda.
There are many people who recommend the use of ammonia for this. However, it should never be used because dog urine already has lots of ammonia in it and the additional ammonia may make your dog think that it is the appropriate place to urinate.
Hence, it is better to use the other methods given. Apart from that, it is also important to let your pet know that urinating anywhere inside the house is wrong. You will have to be stern with your pet and re-train it to prevent a recurrence of this situation.