For any pet owner there will be occasions you need to neutralize dog urine or that of your cat. No matter how well house trained they are, accidents can happen. So if you own a dog or a cat here are a few tips to help you keep your home free of the pungent smell of pet urine.
Composition of dog urine
Dogs urine, which is produced by the kidneys is a byproduct of their bodies metabolism. It is made-up of 95% water and 5% water-soluble organic materials and ions. The type of diet and level of nutrition has a lot to do with the composition of urine, but generally it contains the following substances – urea, creatine, uric acid, carbohydrates, enzymes, fatty acids, hormones, sodium, potassium, magnesium and ammonia. It is the uric acid that gives off the horrid odour that is difficult to mask.
When dogs urinate on the carpet the temptation is often to reach for a bottle of carpet cleaner to spray onto the affected area and then scrub away in the hope this will neutralize dog urine while also restoring your carpet back to its former glory. This may help to remove the stain but it won’t deal with the odour (I sadly used the carpet cleaner method so I speak from good experience that this is not the cure when looking to neutralize dog urine. I sprayed on the carpet cleaner and used a scrubbing brush to try removing all traces of urine. I ended up damaging the carpet pile scrubbing the carpet cleaning detergent into the carpet. Once dry there was no stain but the smell of urine lingered – despite all that effort!!).
Removing dog urine from a carpet
The longer dog or cat urine is left on a carpet, the worse the problem becomes – as it seeps through the carpet into the underlay and flooring beneath. If you are out of the house at the time of the offence you will soon be alerted to the accident when hit by the smell on your return. While it might be too late to blot up all traces of urine, a pet urine neutralizer sprayed on to the carpet will remove the smell.
Use carpet stain remover if your carpet looks stained – but only do this after applying a pet urine neutralizer and once the area has dried through thoroughly.
Avoid using a steam cleaner to remove urine from your carpet. The heat will bond the protein in urine to any man-made fibres permanently locking in the smell. Follow the above steps to neutralize dog urine first and then use the steam cleaner to remove stains.
What about using bleach to clean and neutralize urine smells? Bleach is a great disinfectant but it doesn’t neutralize urine odours. It is also highly toxic to humans and pets when you breathe in the fumes. There is also the option of making-up your own home remedy by combining vinegar, peroxide, dishwashing liquid and baking soda. This works by temporarily masking the smell, but in my experience it doesn’t remove the smell fully which is what you want to do so your pet doesn’t use that same spot again. Home remedies made up in a spray bottle don’t necessarily have a long shelf life so if you are a busy person and want something on hand immediately then keeping a bottle of pet urine neutralizer on hand may suit your life-style better.
The more dramatic and rather costly alternative is to rip-up the carpet!
No matter how well house-trained your pets are accidents can happen. An ageing pet, a cat with an urinary tract infection (UTI) or an excitable dog that “leaks” when you return home from work – they are all good reasons to invest in a bottle of pet urine neutralizer and have it at hand to deal with these little accidents as soon as possible.
Benefits of Mrs Gleam’s pet urine neutralizer
- Breaks down the proteins in urine.
- Equally as effective on dried soiled areas – simply spray offending area and leave for a few minutes.
- Eliminates odours.
- Leaves citrus aroma, which can deter cats from using same area.
- Completely safe around your pets.
- Kills germs
- Convenient 750ml spray bottle.
While it can be upsetting having to go about neutralizing the smell of dog urine it is important to consider why your pet may have chosen to go to the toilet indoors and not let you know they need to be let out. Any changes to the colour of the urine should also alert you to booking an appointment with your vet to rule out a UTI or other illness.