Let’s face it, pets have accidents in your home. It’s just part of what makes being a pet owner so challenging. The crazy thing is just how different the accidents can be depending on the animal you have. A cat accident will be different than a dog accident, and though clean up is fairly similar, to really get rid of the stains and smells you’ll need to follow specific guidelines. Chinook Chem-Dry has got you covered on some simple tips to treat your cat’s latest bathroom trip on your carpet, upholstery, or rug.
Treating The Stain
Cat urine is some potent stuff that can leave very ugly patches in your carpets. Here’s what you can do in order to prevent the stain from becoming a permanent feature of your home:
- Act as quickly as possible. The sooner you can start cleaning the stain the better.
- Use some paper towels to remove and soak up as much urine as you can.
- Be sure to blot. Rubbing will only make things worse.
- If you didn’t get to the stain in time and it’s dry, pour cold water directly onto the spot and start blotting.
- Do not use ammonia or any product that has ammonia as an ingredient. Cat pee actually contains ammonia and the scent can confuse the cat and encourage them to “mark the spot” again.
Removing The Odor
The smell of a cat accident can often outlive the actual stain. The longer it sits, the worse it will become. The best thing to do to completely get the smell out is to just clean everything up quickly. Immediately after if possible. Though we don’t have a lot of tips on things to do to get rid of the odor, we do have some things you need to avoid:
- Over the counter and DIY solutions. They will only temporarily mask any odors or stains.
- Steam cleaning companies and equipment. The steam can actually set in the smell even more.
The Deeper Fibers
The stain is probably pretty easy to see on the surface, but the pee itself more than l likely soaked through the padding or deep fabric fibers. Simply cleaning the surface won’t reach those areas. In order to prevent permanent damage to your carpet and the area beneath, consider bringing in a professional carpet and upholstery cleaner. A professional cleaning crew can also remove the bacteria and allergens that live inside the urine to help you avoid unfortunate health problems.
A Few Preventative Measures
Once the spots are all cleaned up, how can you ensure that the same thing won’t happen again? We have a few steps you can take to mitigate the risk of another cat accident.
- It’s all about speed. The faster you clean it up the less likely the cat will return to that spot.
- Your cat may be spraying indicating that something is making them uncomfortable. Try to create a more secure environment.
- Make it as easy as possible for them to access the litter box.
- Clean the litter box often and consistently.
Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to help you get rid of cat pee stains and odors in your home. Chinook Chem-Dry offers a revolutionary pet urine removal treatment in the Calgary area that attacks stains and odors deep within your carpet and upholstery to lift them out. Schedule an appointment online or call us at (403) 475-0011 if you’re interested.