Haley Gaetani | May 24 2016
Having trouble breaking your furry companion from christening your carpet or Oriental rugs? Whether you’re attempting to potty train a new puppy, or stop your dog from marking his territory, we understand that your frustration is real. You may have noticed your pet tends to urinate in the same areas of your house. If that’s the case, you probably can’t blame the fact he still isn’t potty trained. So why’s he doing it, you ask? And how can you fix the problem? Hopefully this helps!
Understanding the Nature of Urine Marking:
Pets, especially dogs, are extremely territorial creatures. An example of this is hearing a dog bark from inside a house as you walk by. Unfortunately, if your pet wants to take his territorial tendencies to the next level, he’ll claim a certain area of your home as his own by urinating. Even worse, he’ll continuously urinate in that same area to make sure his scent is smelt loud and clear.
How to Avoid/Stop your pet From Urine Marking:
1. Spay/neuter your pet as soon as possible. This should reduce or stop urine-marking altogether by preventing your pet from reaching sexual maturity.
2. Crate, or block off an area of your house using gates, to confine your pet when you’re not around.
3. Praise your pet when he goes to the bathroom outside. Pets love pleasing their owners! If you do so, the behavior you reinforce will increase.
4. Don’t punish your pet. Even directly after the fact, most pets can’t make the connection as to why they’re being punished and become confused.
5. Clean previously soiled areas entirely. If the odor isn’t cleaned up properly, pets will continue to go back to the same spot.
Understanding Urine Damage:
Pet odors/stains are easier to remove when fresh because the fluid isn’t set in yet. Unfortunately, the warm acid state of fresh urine offers a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, so the quicker it gets cleaned up, the better! Once pet urine dries, it turns into a salt like state that contains higher amounts of alkaline compared to when wet, causing it to bind easier with carpet fibers. The potency of urine in the alkaline salt state causes the harshest damages to your carpet. If untreated, flooring can become warped or discolored.
the pictures below display the top and back side of a severely urine damaged carpet. At first glance, the surface of the carpet looks fairly clean, but the room still smelt like urine. This is why! Underneath the carpet still contained a lot of dried urine as a result of waiting too long to clean and doing so in all the wrong ways. A failed attempt to clean urine messes up yourself can be irreversible.
How to Successfully Clean Urine:
1. Blot up the contaminated spot or scrape up any waste matter if it’s present.
2. Saturate the spot with an enzymatic stain and odor remover by applying liberally to the area.
3. Use paper towels to blot up about 80% of the enzymatic stain and odor remover leaving the carpet and pad damp but not soaking wet.
4. Let sit for 48 hours and vacuum when dry.
5. Repeat the process if the stain and odor persists.
6. Sprinkle baking soda over the clean area to absorb any possible leftover moisture.
NOTE: Avoid using cleaning products that contain ammonia or vinegar. From a pet prospective, those smells may encourage them to mark again.
If all else fails, get your carpets cleaned by a reliable professional carpet cleaning service. Here’s what we can do for you…
Pet Stain/Odor Treatment Process:
1. A professional quality neutralizer and an odor counteractant are applied to the urine spot which breaks down alkaline salts and encapsulate the odor molecules.
2. The carpet’s flushed out and extracted with a WATER CLAW Sub-Surface Spot Lifter.
3. After steps one and two, a professional carpet cleaning is performed.
Good luck taking on all those frustrating stains, may the odds be ever in your favor.« Back to All Entries