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How to Get Rid of Dog Pee and Cat Urine Odors

Life with pets can be such a great joy, but sometimes you will also find yourself needing a pet stain remover so that your home does not just smell like an animal nest. When you try on your own to achieve a clean pet stain you might find that an odor or a spot will stick around because pet stains can be difficult to get rid of without a lot of work.

Unfortunately our dogs and cats just don’t always go to the bathroom where we want them to, so it is best if you learn how to make a pet stain & odor remover so that when accidents happen you won’t be stuck smelling and seeing the results forever. It is not too difficult to make your own pet stain and odor remover, but sometimes you might need to call in the professional pet stain and odor removers to help you get rid of especially bad spots. 

To help you get rid of dog pee and cat urine odors, we have made this very helpful guide with some basic recipes for pet stain odor removers, as well as some tips to become the best pet stain remover

Take Care Of Pet Stains Fast

One of the keys to getting rid of a pet stain is to start cleaning it as soon as you notice it. Be on watch in areas that you think your pets might be making messes so that when they do you can start the cleaning process. 

If the pet waste is allowed to sit it will soak in too much and it could be nearly impossible to get it out. It will also depend on the type of surface that has been stained. 

If a surface is sealed against moisture like most hardwood floors or tile, pet stains will not be much of a problem as the seal should block the stain from soaking in at all. From water sealed surfaces, all you will need to do is wipe the area clean.

Carpets are one of the worst places that a pet can go to the bathroom, because the stain can really soak in, not only into the carpet fibers, but then it can get down into the subfloor beneath and be almost impossible to get rid of. 

Concrete is also a surprisingly hard surface to get pet stains out of, unless it is sealed against moisture. So be sure that you clean up pet messes fast from concrete floors or carpets. 

DIY Pet Stain Eraser

This pet stain eraser is a method with a few steps, as you want to be careful to do your best to get rid of the mess as best you can. This pet stain eraser method works best on a fresh stain that has occurred on carpet or concrete.

Step 1. Use a sponge or clean rag to blot up the urine or feces. Do not rub on the stain, as this can drive it deeper into the surface you are trying to clean. Once you have removed as much of the material as you can, go on to step two.

Step 2. Make a solution of diluted white vinegar and dish soap and put it into a spray bottle. You can keep this solution on hand in the spray bottle for a long time during your pets potty training or if they are having some other problems going to the bathroom in the right place. The acid in the vinegar will help to break down the bad smelling compounds in cat and dog waste. The dish soap will help to lift any oils that may come with your pets’ waste. Spray the mixture onto the spot, just getting it a little bit wet but not totally soaked. Let it sit on the stain for at least ten minutes then start step three.

Step 3. With a clean brush, sponge or rag,scrub the stain area gently. Then try to soak up as much of the vinegar solution as you can by pressing gently on the area with a rag or sponge. 

Step 4. Use fresh baking soda and sprinkle a layer all over the pet stain area. Rub the powder into the area a little bit with your hands or a brush.  The baking soda will suck up the odors, but it could take some time, if you can leave it on the spot for at least an hour that is best. 

Step 5. Vacuum up all of the baking soda from the pet stain area. Check the area by smelling, your nose may have become used to the smell, so you may want to go get some fresh air to cleanse your palette and then come back to give it a good smell test. If the odor is still there, you may try this pet stain eraser method again, letting every step soak in a little longer, or you may need to find a stronger method or even call in professionals.

Enzyme Treatments

Commercial pet stain odor removers that you find in stores use enzymes to break down the particles in pet urine that make those bad smells. These products generally work well and it is worthwhile to have some in your arsenal of cleaning supplies.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and they should do the job well. One word of caution is that you may want to test the product on an inconspicuous location, as the enzymes could change the color of some fabrics.

Be Careful

Never use bleach to clean cat urine, because the cat pee contains a lot of ammonia, which when mixed with chlorine bleach creates a toxic gas that is very harmful to humans, it could even be deadly in large amounts. You also should not use ammonia to clean cat urine, because it can actually just add to the bad smell. 

When To Call Professional Cleaners

Professional cleaners often have special methods for pet stain removal and you may want to call them if you can not get rid of the odor and spot on your own. If you are having problems with house training your pet, you may want to wait until they are properly trained to have professional cleaners come, as there may be more accidents in the near future.

Professional help may be needed if a pet stain soaks into a carpet or concrete for a long time, as those surfaces can easily trap odors and it could take a lot of work to get rid of them. 

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