If you chose a dog as your companion, you must prepare for any kind of situation. Accidents can happen to any dog, whether it’s a puppy in training, an elderly dog, or a rescue in need of re-training. It can happen to well-trained dogs too. Sometimes your pup goes at an inappropriate place or time and they can’t help it. It takes some getting used to. The stain is preventable, but the problem is the lingering smell on the surface. We have the ultimate guide to getting rid of dog urine smell and cleaning the surface properly. Accidents can happen to anyone!
Clean Up the Liquid
The first step to minimize the smell is to clean up the urine as quickly as possible. Place a microfiber cloth or a thick layer of paper towels on the wet spot, and if it’s a carpet, underneath if possible. Use gloves and press the paper or cloth to soak up as much liquid as possible. If you have newspapers, you can cover with that too and step on it. The pressure will help with absorption. Wash the spot with cool water and clean up the water as much as possible.
Accident on A Solid Surface
If your dog has made an accident on a hard surface like tile, hardwood, or laminate, it’s much easier to clean up the area. Hardwood floors can get damaged from the liquid so act fast. Use a cloth, like a microfiber, paper towels, or a mop to clean everything up. If you are using towels, replace them until the whole area is dry. Wash the area with an appropriate cleaning agent.
Remove the Smell
Even though you cleaned up and washed the surface, or the accident happened on fabric, the smell can still linger. You can use specialized cleaning agents for pet accidents that break up the enzymes and proteins of urine and get rid of the smell. You will probably have to repeat the process until the smell has gone away. If you want to go a more natural route, baking soda is the way to go. Spread the baking soda on the surface and leave it overnight. Vacuum the spot until it’s clear of the powder. If the smell still lingers, you will have to repeat the process.
Accident Before the End of Lease
If you are leasing an apartment or a house and your dog had an accident right at the end of the lease, you have to act fast. Stains and lingering smell if left unremoved, can result in you losing your deposit. Try your best to clean the stain as quickly as possible after the accident to prevent any stains. This can easily happen on the carpet or fabric, like the couch. If you are unable to clean the stain properly, an end of lease cleaning agency is your best solution. The stain and dog urine smell can be removed professionally.
Removing Dried Dog Urine
A dried urine spot is harder to get rid of than a new one, but it’s still possible. Rinse and wash the area with warm water –steam cleaners will permanently set the stain and smell. Wash and dry the area with clean towels until the smell goes away. An enzyme cleaner is also good in these situations. If you have hardwood floors, make sure to use an enzyme cleaner that is safe for hardwood. A solution of white vinegar and water is also good. Rub the solution on the spot, let it sit for ten minutes, and clean it up. While the spot is damp, spread baking soda and repeat the same process as for a fresh stain.
If your dog has made an accident, it’s best to act fast and clean up the area as soon as possible. The sooner you clean the stain, the less likely the smell will linger. Remember that accidents happen, and it’s not difficult to prevent damage.
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