How to Remove Cat Urine Stains and Odor from Carpet

Enzyme and bacteria-based cleaners are the answer to removing cat urine stains from carpet. Some homemade cleaners can also be made that have excellent results in removing its smell. Read the following article that provides some useful information regarding the same.
Almost everyone loves a pet and there are so many of us who want to own one. Ask the pet owners of the joys of owning one. However, with all the fun comes the need for proper care of the health of pets and problems of ugly stains being left around, all over the house. For those who want to get rid of carpet stains left by cat's urine, here is some useful help on removing them.

Why does It have an Odor?

For us, urine is just a mode of elimination of waste; not so for cats. Yes, it does carry away liquid toxins from the cat's body, but it also serves the purpose of marking territorial boundaries of these felines. These creatures are extremely territorial and like their cousins in the wild, they also mark their territories with the help of their urine. They achieve this with the help of its protein content, which gives out a strong odor. Once the urine dries, it crystallizes. When we use a common household cleaner, it masks this odor for some time. However, after its effect is over, the crystals get reactivated and your house is again pervaded by this irritating odor.

How to Get Rid of Its Stains?

It is true that one should use cleaners meant specifically to clean cat urine. But, before you do that, you need to blot it from the carpet. The best way to clean it is by using absorbent paper towels or dry cloth pieces. Place a cloth or paper towel right above the spot and let it be there for a minute or two. This would allow the absorbent material to soak up all the urine that is there on the surface. Replace the old blotting surface with newer ones. Press the blotting papers gently first. After you have soaked the urine a couple of times, stand over the last few pieces of absorbent material that you place on the area. This would soak out more of it that might still be left in the deeper layers. There is one precaution that needs to be taken while one tries to wipe it out from the carpet. Do not rub the urine; this will just spread it over a wider area and add to your labor.

After it has been cleared off, work on with your specific cleaning agent for stain removal. The most popular products in the market for this purpose are those that use enzymes and bacteria for removing the same. Spray this liquid on the area of the stain and clean it as per the instructions. For better result, apply carpet shampoo to the affected area. Then, rinse it with warm water.

How to Remove Its Smell?

There are some cleaning solutions that can be made at home and used for removing its smell from the carpet. But, this must be done only after the urine has been blotted using soaking material. Start with a home remedy by mixing water and vinegar in the ratio of 3:1. Apply this solution thoroughly to the affected area. Soak the liquid using blotting agents as mentioned earlier. Then, sprinkle some baking soda on the area. Prepare a solution of ΒΌ cup of hydrogen peroxide and a teaspoon of liquid dish-washing detergent. Spray this liquid to cover all the area on which baking soda is sprinkled. Now, with a brush, rub the surface of the carpet to dissolve the baking soda in that solution. The rubbing action will also ensure that the liquid goes to the deeper layers. Allow the carpet to dry. Then, clean it with a vacuum cleaner. In this process, vinegar removes the odor, baking soda absorbs it, whereas hydrogen peroxide kills the bacteria that cause the odor.

Thus, with these instructions, keeping your carpet clean of pet stains will be easier.
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