You know how it goes: The minute you turn your back, your pet decides that your new carpet is the perfect place to relieve himself. You clean, but you can't get rid of that smell. What can you do?
To Clean Washable Items
- Machine wash as usual, adding a one-pound box of baking soda to your regular detergent. Air the items for best results.
- If your pet urinates or defecates on the sheets or blankets on a bed, cover the bed with a vinyl, flannel backed tablecloth when you begin the retraining period.
To Clean Carpeted Areas and Upholstery
- For new stains,those that are still wet, soak up as much of the urine as possible with a combination of newspaper and paper towels.
- The more fresh urine you remove before it dries, the easier it will be to remove the odor
- Place a thick layer of newspaper on the wet spot, cover with a paper towel and another thick layer of newspaper. Stand on this padding for about a minute. Remove the padding and repeat the process until the area is barely damp
For Stains That Have Already Set
- To remove all traces of heavy stains in carpeting, consider renting an extractor or wet vac
- When using these machines or cleaners please follow the instructions carefully. Don't use any chemicals with these machines as they work more effectively with plain water
- Once the area is clean, use a high-quality pet odor neutralizer; many are available at pet supply stores