Anyone who has a pet may be faced with the possibility of having a urine stain on their carpet, floor or clothing. You know exactly how it happens. The minute you turn your back, your pet decides that your new carpet is the perfect place to relieve himself. You try every cleaning product, but you can’t get rid of that smell, and in many cases a stain still remains. Traditional cleaners and infomercial “wonder cleaners” are usually disappointing, and can sometimes make the stain worse. Urine stains are also some of the worst smelling messes out there and leave gross looking, long lasting stains. When left alone, pet urine can seep through your carpet and down into the padding, then to the floor beneath. Pet urine can de-laminate a carpet and may cause the carpet backing to rot. Even after a thorough cleaning, pet urine stains and odors often remain.
What Makes a Urine Stain So Bad?
Pet urine is an amber-colored liquid waste fluid that is excreted by the kidneys. Basically, urine is composed of waste products of protein metabolism. The color of pet urine and its staining ability will differ, depending on the dietary habits, age and sex of your pet. If your dog or cat is in poor health or on medication, it can affect their urine as well. Generally, cat urine has a harsher odor and produces more stains than that of a dog. This is due to a diet richer in protein. Urine contains various chemicals. Most of these chemicals are easily washable, but one in particular adds to the difficulty in removing urine stains. Uric acid crystals in pet urine make the job harder. Uric acid bonds to fabrics if it is heated. This can permanently fix the stain in place, making it nearly impossible to remove.
Effectively Clean a Pet Urine Stain on Carpet
New Urine Stain:
Fresh urine stains are the easiest to clean. In fact, the sooner you start cleaning, the easier it will be, and the less time it will take. This is because if the stain is fresh you can remove the maximum amount of liquid, before it sets in. The best thing to use to soak up the urine would be a shammy. These cloths hold 25 times their weight in liquid, and will soak up urine all the way to the floor boards. Once you remove as much stinky liquid as possible, the rest of the mess is quick and simple to finish. Because most of the urine has already been sucked out of your rug, there will be very little stink or stain to clean.
Step By Step Instructions:
- To begin cleaning a fresh puppy pee stain, simply place the shammy over the urine and press down. Make sure not rub or wipe the surface but use a blotting action to collect the urine in the shammy. This action will draw it up and out with out smearing it around, or making the stain bigger.
- Depending upon the amount of urine, you may have to wring out the shammy and repeat the extraction process. We know this sounds kinda gross, but those little critters are so darn cute, their pee can’t be that bad, and if you need to, you can always wear a pair of gloves.
- The more you get out, the better. If you do not own any shammys yet, get some, but in the mean time, you could also use a steam cleaner to extract the liquid as well. It is important when cleaning, to remove the dirt and stains rather than just cover them up, or trying to make them disappear.
- Once you have removed as much urine as possible with the shammy, get a cup of clean water to flush the area.
- Pour the water over the area that was urinated on, and then use the shammy to lift it back out of the carpet. You could also use the extraction method again here, but quite frankly, the synthetic chamois is the perfect tool. This process rinses the area, leaving very little urine left to clean. If your dog is sick, or if the pee is extra stinky, you may want to flush twice.
- To thoroughly clean the area and remove any lingering odor or stain use Quick’n Brite. It is perfect for cleaning urine stains because it is an enzyme cleaner. These types of cleaners are the number one recommended type of cleaner for urine stains. This is because the enzymes in Quick’n Brite break down the organic matter in the urine and lift it to the surface so you can remove it. After using Quick’n Brite your carpet will be odor-free and cleaner than ever. There is no overwhelming chemical smell either, so your pets won’t be tempted to use the same place again.
- To use it, add to a steam cleaner and go over the area, or do one of the options below. To shampoo the area, just add 2/3 cup Quick n Brite for every gallon of water and steam clean as usual. Quick’n Brite works better than traditional carpet cleaning products at removing stains and neutralizing odors. It leaves your carpet soft and clean, with no sticky residue.
- If you have the liquid version, simply pour some down, and let it soak in for a few minutes.
- If you only have the paste, you can put it on full strength for smaller spots, but you may want to melt it into a liquid so you can use less, and spread it easier.
- For small spots a heavy solution of three tablespoons into a quart of water should do the trick.
- Once the cleaner sits, come back with a dry terry cloth towel to buff out the stain, and lift up any odor. The yellow and brown coloration will transfer to this towel as it is removed from your carpet.
- Once you wipe away most of the problem, get a cup of warm water and poor it over the area to rinse it again. Once again, use a shammy to soak the area dry.
- Because some messes will be worse than others, a second application may be required for complete elimination.
- To finish, grab a clean, dry shammy and place it over the whole area. Simply walk on top of it to pull up excess moisture and dry your floor. This will draw the remaining urine out of the carpet, leaving your floor squeaky clean and free of urine smell.
Why Use Quick n Brite?
When you apply the paste full strength, or use the liquid concentrate for an easier application, it will do most of the tough work for you. Just work the cleaner into the stain and then let it sit there for a few minutes. This time gives the Quick n Brite an opportunity to work. It goes to work immediately to break apart the stain causing particles and neutralize the odor at the same time. This results in less work you have to do to get the area clean. It is also non-toxic so it is safe to touch with your hands, and it will leave the area safe for children and pets afterward too.
Old Urine Stains:
Urine stains that go unnoticed, and are allowed so set in are a bit harder to clean, and require a slightly different tactic. You will basically use the same process, but because you are unable to remove any of the liquid, the stain will be more stubborn. In cases of old urine stains, a steam cleaner is often the best method to use. It is possible to do it by hand, but because the urine has attached itself to the fibers, it will take a little more effort to get it all the way out. Whether it is by hand or you use a carpet cleaner, it is in your best interest to use quick n Brite.
Step By Step Instructions:
- Rinse the area with clean water and extract it with a shammy.
- Repeat this a couple of times to rinse away anything that isn’t stuck. Warm water can help to release the bond and eliminate more urine.
- Apply Quick’n Brite as directed above, repeating the process as necessary. With a dried in stain you should let the cleaner sit for a longer period of time. Wait ten to fifteen minutes before rinsing the area or buffing the area with your dry towel.
- Because set it staining can be nearly impossible in some cases, you can also super charge the Quick N Brite by heating it. Pee on carpet that is ignored, or spots that inferior products have been used on can further cement the problem, and make it harder to remove. To heat the cleaner prior to applying it, use a low setting in your microwave or on the stove, and gradually increase the tempurature as it becomes more liquefied. It only takes a small amount of heat, and make sure to be careful if you need to clean with it while hot.
- Increased heat excites the molecules so less time will result in more breakdown of the stain in a shorter amount of time. It also becomes powerful enough to release bonds that normally would hold tight. This results in you having the ability to remove the most stubborn messes easily.
- Ensure the Quick’n Brite sits long enough to work. Necessary time will vary, but anywhere from ten minutes to one hour is within reason. The rule of thumb is tough job, longer wait.
- It doesn’t matter how long the stain has been there, or what you have tried to use on it in the past. Quick n Brite will remove any urine stain in your home.
Urine Stains on Hard Flooring:
This is the easiest place to clean a urine stain. As with any other though, the sooner you get on it, the easier it will be. The increased moisture can ruin wood flooring, and the longer it soaks in, the more potential there is for a lingering odor.
Step By Step Instructions:
- This technique will be equally effective on linoleum, tile, hardwood, marble or any other kind of hard flooring.
- Step one is to once again soak up all of the liquid with a shammy until the area is dry. You do not need to use your hands, simply lay it out flat over the wet spot, and then step on it with your foot. A blotting action works better than wiping, and also helps to minimize spreading.
- As another option to dry the floor, you can stick a shammy on the end of a broom, or opt for a mop that is absorbent enough to handle the task.
- Once dry, and most pee has been removed, get rid of any staining or smell by using Quick’n Brite.
- For hard floors, all you should need is a spray bottle of heavy solution(3 Tbs./ quart of water) to use on the area.
- If you are concerned about adding moisture to an expensive wood floor, use paste instead by dampening a cloth, dipping it in the tub, and then rubbing it over the spot.
- For most hard floors, just spray it on, let it sit for a minute, and then wipe clean with a dry towel. You could also use an affordable microfiber mop to clean the floor after the bulk of the urine has been removed.
- Any remaining moisture can be eliminated with a clean, dry shammy if necessary. All smell and coloration should go away as you wipe away the cleaner.
Will This Method Take Away The Stink and The Stain?
Yes. The reason why many other cleaners do not get rid of the smell is due to ineffectiveness. They either just cover up the stain, or they attempt to remove it, but don’t do a good job. If you have any urine left in the fibers of your carpet, then you are going to have some stinkiness too. The technique outlined above will enable you to remove as much of the urine as possible before you even start with the actual cleaning. Because Quick N Brite works so well to break down the urine and free any bond it has with your carpet, any residual pee pee will be eliminated with that step. It also has the ability to neutralize the scent right at the surface as well, so even if you do have minute areas of urine left over, they won’t smell like it. Quick N Brite itself has a surprisingly fresh scent that is not at all overwhelming, so the sharp smell will be replaced with something far more pleasant. If you follow the steps above, everything about the stain will be eliminated, and you will not see or smell any trace of it after you finish.
Re-Train Your Pet to Prevent Further Accidents
The best method is prevention. In conjunction with cleaning, be sure to teach your pet where you want him/her to go to the bathroom. To do this, make the accident prone areas unattractive and the appropriate bathroom area appealing. There are several methods you can use to teach your pet where you want him to eliminate. Find a method that works for you and your pet, then stick with it. The re-training period may take a week or more, but be patient. Remember, it took time to build the bad habit, and it will also take time to rehabilitate. Treat your pet with patience and give him lots of encouragement.