Even after the stain is long gone, pet odors can remain embedded in carpets. Getting these smells out of carpet fibers can be a challenge. However, it does not have to be as difficult as legend has it. There are solutions on the market that can work like magic.
Store-bought carpet cleaners for pet odors include enzymes. These proteins work on a molecular level; attaching to urine molecules and bacteria, which cause the bad odors, the enzymes break them down. The process happens automatically. You don’t have to blot the area dry or even rinse it with water. The solution will dissolve on its own and dry out.
A small stain may take 24 hours to break up. In the case of a larger, more substantial stain, it can take as long as two weeks for the stain and smell to dissolve. The smell might even get worse for a time. If you’re using a carpet cleaner intended for pet urine removal, this is not unheard of; if it happens, the smell will likely go away after a while. Be on the lookout for solvents and surfactants as these are not as effective as enzymatic cleaners.
You also want to be sure the product is safe for pets and for people too. Cleaning products with ammonia, chlorine, sodium lauryl sulfate, and other compounds may be dangerous. They may or may not work as well for the cleanup, and can affect the health of your pets and members of your household in a bad way.
Addressing Stubborn and Older Stains
The truth is you can’t always get to every stain on time. Also, some are more stubborn than others to remove. In some cases, the best option is to rent a special carpet cleaning machine and use a natural cleaner. Small wet vacs can be purchased for as little as $150. With such devices, you can spray, brush, and remove stains; some come with cleansers that are specially formulated to deal with pet stains.
Go with the Professionals
Professional stain removal may be the best choice if the smell won’t go away. It’s not that you aren’t capable of cleaning the carpet. It is the nature of pet urine to soak into the carpet fibers and into the padding and backing. Sometimes it can penetrate all the way into the sub-floor. After all, spot cleaning only reaches the surface fibers on top.
Advanced techniques take the process further with specialized machines and non-toxic solutions. Technicians can use black lights to identify stains that have long dried and are not that evident. Nonetheless, they’re still present and a cleaning service professional from, for example, Curtice Chem-Dry, will find them. Some solutions can remove urine and its odor within 24 hours.
When a stubborn odor needs to be removed, don’t take any chances. Consult a professional if you can’t do it on your own. There are safe, simple, and highly effective techniques that, when handled by a pro, can ensure your carpet is clean once again, even after the mess and smell inadvertently left behind by your pet.