|11 July 2014|
How To Clean Cat Urine Out Of A Carpet Effectively
Stains and odours are never nice to clean out of a carpet, however the smell of cat urine must be one of the most unpleasant smells to treat, and therefore one of the most difficult. The good news is that there are various ways that you can remove this odour from your carpet – or indeed furnishings if required. Unfortunately it is true that whilst cats are one of the most popular domestic animals to keep as pets (over 37 million families keep a cat in the United States alone), their urine does tend to smell more than other animals. This is compounded by the fact that it usually goes unnoticed until it is too late. After a period of time bacteria in the urine begin to break down the urea. This in turn releases ammonia (the chemical mainly responsible for the smell of stale cat urine). Then the next stage of the chemical process releases mercaptan – a highly odourous substance which is the same unpleasant substance skunks spray in order to defend themselves! So it’s very easy to see why a quick and effective solution is needed for removing the smell and stain of cat urine from your home. The first thing to do is locate the exact spot where the cat has urinated. This is usually done by treading in it or noticing discolouration. It may be difficult to find the spot if it has dried, but if you have access to a UV light then this will show up the areas of urine, enabling you to tackle them effectively. It is always important to try and remove the urine as soon as possible. If the area is still wet then blot up as much as you can using an old cloth, absorbent paper towels, etc. This will be the best scenario if you find it wet because the older the urine gets, the more it smells. If you don’t have access to shop-bought cleaning remedies, then there are some home remedies that you can try instead. Many people favour this approach as the ingredients are found in everyday items in your cupboards. The first tip is to blot up excess urine and apply a layer of baking soda. Wait until it turns yellow, remove it and then apply more and repeat until the bicarbonate soda stays white. If you can then it’s best to leave it on and vacuum it off in the morning. This will help restore the pile of your carpet to its previous condition. Another technique is that of using white vinegar; a tried and tested method of removing stains and the offensive odour. Create a spray to treat the area by mixing one part white vinegar to two parts warm water. Spray this over the affected area and gently rub with a paper towel. If you don’t fancy the home remedies then go for a commercial cleaner. These can usually be found in the cleaning or pet supplies aisle of your nearest supermarket. Most cat urine odour removers are enzyme-based cleaners. The way these work is by breaking up the urea into carbon dioxide and ammonia – two gases which are able to evaporate easily. This way the smell has been eradicated before it can get any worse. Whichever method you choose, home or commercial, doesn’t matter – if it removes the smell of cat urine then that’s all that counts!
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