Removing Stubborn or Old Urine Smells
What You'll Need Before You Start:
- Black light
- Chalk or masking tape
- Enzymatic cleaner (Found in pet section in supermarkets, or in pet stores)
Sometimes, you can smell dog urine in your carpet, but can't quite figure out where the source of the scent. This is often the case for dog accidents you didn't find in time, or stubborn urine stains that simply did not respond to initial treatment.
Removing old urine stains, or completely deodorizing a stubborn urine stain in carpet often requires a bit of detective work, and specialized products intended for pet urine odors. Called enzymatic cleaners, these products are often sold in pet stores or in the pet section of supermarkets or other stores. Enzymatic cleaners work by neutralizing the compounds in pet urine that make them so smelly. What's more, they even fool pets' sensitive noses, which can be much more adept at finding -- and resoiling -- old urine stains than human noses.
Even if you think you cleaned up every dog accident, it's a good idea to go on a hunt for old stains you may have missed. A black light can help you find old urine stains that are invisible to the naked eye.
To remove old or stubborn urine smells:
- Turn off all the lights in the room.
- Using the black light, find the dog urine stains, which will glow under the black light.
- Mark the stains using chalk or masking tape.
- Treat the stains according to the directions on your enzymatic cleaner's label.
No matter how much you love your dogs, no one loves carpet that smells of dog urine. Removing dog urine stains takes quick action and detective work, depending on the age and aggressiveness of the stain. Deodorizing pet stains is essential to the prevention of new stains; as long as your dog(s) can smell urine in your carpet, he or she will continue to use your carpet as a bathroom. Removing any traces of dog urine from your carpet is the secret for a home that smells better now, and will continue to smell better later.