If you have a new puppy that is not yet potty-trained chances are that little accidents can happen and you end up with the stinking smell of dog urine from your carpet. It is unavoidable and you cannot blame the puppy for being anxious and intimidated by the new surroundings.
There are many ways to get rid of the dog urine odor from carpets and steam cleaning is one of them. The tips below describe the steps to take. Please read on.
- It is best to remove as much of the fresh urine from the carpet by blotting it with sheets of paper towels and pressing them down with your foot. The paper towels will absorb most of the urine and you can easily dispose of the towels. This will prevent the urine from penetrating deeper into the carpet.
- It will be better if you steam-clean the whole carpet rather than just going over several spots, so remove all the furniture that are in the room and prepare your steaming solution.
- In a container add a cup of white vinegar, one cup of mild dishwashing liquid, one cup anti-foamer and mix together water, baking soda and fabric softener to make one cup as your odor neutralizer. Mix all the ingredients and pour into the liquid receptacle in the steam cleaner. You can also check out the solution first by getting a teaspoon of the solution and applying it to an old towel and rubbing the towel to see how much foam is generated. If it foams too much, use lesser dishwashing liquid. Top up the water receptacle with warm water until the liquid reaches the required water level.
- You can substitute salt for the anti-foam. The anti-foam is used to minimize the soap subs that will be formed by the interaction of the water with the dishwashing liquid. Mild laundry detergent can also be used instead of dishwashing liquid. Use lesser quantity to keep the soap suds to a minimum. Using more fabric softener can also reduce the amount of foam. Check out which ingredient will work best by mixing a small batch initially and applying a small amount of a towel and scrubbing it with a brush.
- Run the steam cleaner all over the carpet, making sure that you spend more attention to the areas that have been marked with dog urine. Go over these areas twice or thrice. Allow the solution to stay on the carpet for at least an hour.
- Remove excess cleaning solution from the steam cleaner and fill it up with clean warm water. Steam-rinse the entire carpet with water and allow it to air dry for twenty-four hours or more to ensure that the carpet padding dries up nicely, too. You can replace the furniture when the carpet and carpet padding is thoroughly dry.
Do not allow your puppy into the room after you have cleaned the carpet. It will be better for you and your puppy if you potty-train it. If little accidents cannot be avoided like when the puppy gets too excited during playtime, make sure that you have old newspapers or paper towels handy so that you can immediately blot off the urine. Clean your carpet at least once a week to prevent dog urine odor and bacteria build up.