So your cat has had an accident on the carpet. It happens to even the best of pet owners. The question is, what do you do now? You can’t just ignore the stain, as it will get smellier and smellier over time. Simple water won’t get it out either. Here’s a quick guide to treating cat urine in your carpets.
1. Act Fast
The faster you treat the stain, the easier it will be to remove. The longer you let any stain sit, the more likely it is to become permanent. This is especially true for cat urine as well.
2. Blot, Don’t Rub
Grab a white paper towel (designs can transfer dye to your carpet) and carefully blot at the stain. Be sure not to rub too hard, as this will push the stain further down.
3. Replace the Paper Towel Often
Once the paper towel has soaked through, throw it away (and remember to take this straight outside or it will stick u your trash can) and grab a new one. You will go through a lot of paper towels, but this is better than spreading urine from a soaked paper towel.
4. Rewet the Stain if Needed
If the stain has dry, pour a small amount of cold water on it. This will allow you to soak up the stain. Do not use a lot of water as this will cause the urine to spread.
5. Avoid Heat
When you are cleaning, you might be tempted to use hot water or even pull out a blow dryer to help the stain dry. Avoid doing this as the heat will cause the stain to set and make the odor more pungent.
6. Use the Right Cleaner
Now that you have removed the bulk of the urine, it’s time to tackle the odor. The odor is caused by urine crystals, so look for an enzyme cleaner designed to break up pet urine. Regular cleaning products won’t cut it.
7. Call the Professionals
If you’ve followed all of the steps above and you still have an odor, or if you just want to let someone else do the hard work for you, call in the professional pet urine cleaners. A reputable cleaning company like North American Chem-Dry will be able to completely remove the stain and odor for you.
8. Keep it From Happening Again
A lot of pet accidents are just that, accidents. However, there are some things that you can do to encourage your cat to use the litter box. Make sure to empty the litter box every day, and deep clean it every month. Provide easy access to the litter box, and never separate the cat from its box by closing doors.
If the carpet smells like the cat’s spot from a previous accident, it’s much more likely to go in that spot again. Make sure that you remove all odors completely, and when in doubt call in the professionals.
There you have it. Pet urine isn’t fun to deal with but if you follow these steps you don’t have to live with the stain or smell forever.