Dealing with Pet Stains and Odors

A dachshund dog lying on a rugThere are more than 70 million dogs and 70 million cats in the United States. Many of these companion animals live indoors and are treated as members of the family. Homeowners with pets, however, continue to wage war with pet stains and odors, and it is a battle that has been going on for as long as canines and felines have been living with people.

There are professionals who specialize in pet stain and odor removal, and in Wake Forest, North Carolina, Pettyjohn’s Cleaning and Restoration is one of them. Getting an expert service provider to deal with stubborn stains and odors is, of course, the easiest way to get a thorough clean-up done, especially when the stain or smell on your floor or furniture has already set. However, you might be able to easily deal with fresh urine. Additionally, you can also retrain your pet to prevent them from relieving themselves indoors again.

  • Locate the soiled areas – Pets tend to urinate or defecate in places where they are used to relieving themselves. It is important that you find these soiled areas so that you can completely clean them and neutralize the odors. This way, your pet won’t be able smell his own urine and do the same thing there again. Some stains are very obvious, but others may be harder to find. Using a black light or UV-A light device can help you in locating stains that have already dried up.

  • Wash sheets and linens – Bed sheets, floor mats, and drapes that have been affected by pet accidents can be simply washed in a washing machine.

  • Rinse carpets, rugs, and upholstery – Items that can’t be washed in a washing machine still need to be cleaned to prevent the urine from setting in. Blot the affected carpets, rugs, and upholstered furniture with paper towels to remove as much of the urine as possible. Rinse them afterwards with a mixture of water and baking soda, and repeat the process of liquid removal by blotting and then by using a wet vacuum cleaner. Call a professional cleaner afterwards for thorough cleaning and drying of your household items.

  • Treat affected floors and walls – Urine can have a negative effect on wooden floors and furniture because it can react with the varnish or paint that was applied on the wood as finishing. If discoloration has occurred, you might need to remove the varnish from the affected area and apply a new finish. This can be done DIY, or you can also have a professional to do the job. When it comes to walls, you might be able to easily clean them if you have applied washable paint or wallpaper.

  • Use commercially available enzymatic cleaners – Enzymatic cleaners use natural enzymes like protease and amylase to break down stains and odors. Many of these products can be used on fabric and wood, but do test them out first on an obscure area of your floor, furniture, or wall before applying on the stained area itself.

  • Get professional help if necessary - Stains that have already set can be more difficult to remove, and in some instances, the urine could already have created secondary damage to a household item. An example is when the urine has seeped through a rug and damages the wood flooring underneath. In cases like these, it is best to get expert help from cleaning service providers.

  • Retrain your pet – Read up material on how to housebreak your dog or encourage your cat to use a litter box. For dogs, it is important to set a daily routine where you bring your dog outside to defecate between 5 to 30 minutes after he eats. Remember to use positive reinforcement like giving your dog a treat or praising him using a friendly voice to get the message across that he’s done a good job by relieving himself outdoors. For cats, it is important to have one litter box per animal in the house. The litter box should be placed in a safe place, away from other cats’ litter boxes, from the place where they drink and eat, from noisy appliances, and from areas with high foot traffic.

If you are currently facing a pet stain and odor problem in your home, please don’t hesitate to call Pettyjohn’s Cleaning and Restoration at 919-289-8424.