In Singapore there are laws and regulations that govern the welfare of pets in homes. Fortunately, most Singaporeans love pets and make sure they comply with such laws. However, pets also have needs which are as normal as those of humans like food and excretion. The food part poses no trouble what most people do not know how to handle is pet urine. A nice and clean carpet adds to the aesthetics of your house and complements other elements of design. If you do not know how to remove pet urine from carpet, a constant unpleasant smell will always welcome you home. Below are tips to help you overcome the menace caused by pet urine.
· Act immediately
If you are lucky to catch your four legged friend on the act, do not waste time. Try and clear up as much urine as possible from the top of the carpet so that you do not have to deep clean a lot. If you leave the urine to dry, it will not only stain your carpet but also encourage growth of bacteria. You can do this by putting several paper towels on the urine and then stepping on them. After removing the paper towels, add some water to the area. Let the water soak the urine for around one minute.
If you are cleaning old pet urine, you will need a hand held black light to help you locate where the stain is. Usually do this at night when it is dark. Old pet urine on the carpet will manifest as yellow or green in color.
· Get a quality pet odor neutralizer such as an enzymatic cleaner or vinegar
Once you are sure that the paper towels have absorbed as much urine as possible spray the area with an enzymatic cleaner. Enzymatic cleaners are perfect in removing any proteins left over from the urine. Also ensure you read the instructions on the user manual for the type of enzymatic cleaner you are using. This is because some should be left on the area for long while others work differently. Cover the enzymatic cleaner with a poultice so that it absorbs the urine as much as possible.
Vinegar is also perfect for removing old urine odors. Mix vinegar and water in the ratio of 3:1. After you sprinkle the solution on the urine spot, use paper towels to cover it up and ensure the Vinegar absorbs as much urine as possible.
· Spray clean water on the stain using a wet vacuum
After you remove the poultice covering the enzymatic cleaner you had sprayed, use clean water. You can use a wet vacuum to remove the dirty water when you are done. Generally, what a wet vacuum does is force clean water in and uses the same pressure to extract dirty water. Take care not to spray too much water as this might get to the carpet padding. Also if the water is not completely removed it might encourage growth of mold, and damage your carpet further.
· Find a good stain remover like baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and dish washing detergent
In case there is still any order left after using an enzymatic cleaner and vinegar, use sodium bicarbonate commonly known as baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda to naturally clean and remove any foul smell from the area. After that take a little hydrogen peroxide and dish washer and pour it on the baking soda. You can then use a scrubbing brush to rub in the solution, and later allow the area to dry.
· Consider using other commercial carpet cleaning products or call a professional.
If after using vinegar and baking soda you still smell the pet urine, consider an advanced carpet cleaner. This will depend more on the type of carpet you have. Always get these cleaning products from trusted suppliers. In addition, remember to read the instructions for use carefully. Calling in a professional carpet cleaner is also not a bad idea. If you feel the pet urine stain and smell is too much for you to handle, do not damage your carpet. Just contact any qualified carpet cleaner in Singapore and the work will be well done.
Do not get annoyed with your pet because of its smelly urine. Remember you are answerable to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Singapore if you mistreat a pet under your care. Also train your pet to know where to urinate, so that you enjoy a peaceful co-existence.