• How to get old dog urine smell out of carpet.

    Whether you are purchasing a home, or you've lived in it for a long time, no one wants to live with the smell of dog urine in the carpet. The good news is that in most cases the smell can be removed. However, you will need to do a bit of investigating before you try to remove the odors. Trying to neutralize dog urine when you do not know where the smell is coming from, or what products to treat it with, may leave you with a worse problem than the one you started with.

    First, get a UV blacklight flashlight. This little tool is key to helping you track down problems spots where pets or people may have had accidents. Black lights will illuminate biological materials, and make them stand out. You can then use your nose to confirm that what you are seeing is urine. Mark any areas that are confirmed with a sticky note, or chalk. Do not use tape, as that can cause more problems. Make sure that you mark the entire area that the pee extends too. In order to properly treat the urine, you need to treat all of it.

    Second, remember to check everything three feet high and down. Most people assume that odors are only coming from the floors, but in truth dogs (pets) don't only hit the floor when they pee. Since vents are on the floor it is not impossible for urine to drip into them. Walls and baseboards are also important areas to check to ensure that you are taking care of everything.

  • Decide how to proceed

    Once you have completed your investigation and marked your problem spots it is time to access if this is something you can handle or if a professional is needed. You may need a combination of services in order to remove the odor completely from the house. 

    If your carpet lights up everywhere it's a good idea to consider having the carpet professionally cleaned. When a lot of urine is present a home carpet cleaner will just spread the urine around and make the situation worse. If hiring a professional check to see if they have a pet odor removal guarantee. Many do not. You want to find a company that offers one. You can check out ours by going here.

  • What neutralizes dog urine odor?

    Start up on the walls. Use a mixture of white distilled vinegar and water to wash down the walls and baseboards. The mixture should be 1 to 1 in proportion. It will smell strongly of vinegar, but it'll dissipate after it drys. DO NOT use full-strength vinegar. As long as the area is not above carpet you can use a bleach spray. However, do not do this above the carpet. If you do, you risk bleaching out the carpet from accidental drips or overspray. You want to neutralize the odor not remove the color.

    Lastly, in order to remove odor, you need to pick the right product. There are a lot of products on the market, but many won't give you the results you need. Pick a high-quality, enzyme-based odor eliminator to help neutralize the urine. We recommend Anti-Icky-Poo by Mister Max. Link for purchase below.  Anti-icky-poo is a high-quality enzyme cleaner that we have found to be highly effective at removing pet urine odors. It is very important to follow the instructions on the bottle. Some products do not require diluting, while others do. If you do not follow the instructions you run the risk of damaging your carpet or making the problem worse.

  • Important details to remember

    Remember to treat all areas the urine touches. Do not be stingy with your product. Make sure you treat the entire area around the spot as well to ensure that if the urine spreads out you are hitting all areas that it may spread to. 

    Keep in mind that pet odor removal is expensive. It is better to pay the extra for quality products than it is to buy low-quality products. Low-quality odor removal products only mask the smells. Sometimes, they make the problem worse by ineffectively treating the problem, and spreading out the urine throughout more of the carpet.

     If the entire house smells like urine, it will probably cost more to try and correct the problem yourself than it will to higher a professional carpet cleaner. A professional carpet cleaner has the tools, products, and know-how to remove the odor and provide you with better results. Here at Pristine, we offer a very thorough and guaranteed pet odor treatment service. You can check out our process and guarantee by visiting our pet odor removal page.

     If the pets managed to hit the vents you should seriously consider having professional vent cleaning done. Make sure the service that you pick includes sanitizing in their pricing. This will kill germs and bacteria that are feeding off the urine and perpetuating odors.

    • Here are the links where you can find both the Anti-icky-poo and the black light on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

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