Here in Tyler TX if anything we are pet friendly! Fortunately for us carpet cleaners, pets keep us very very busy. When handling pet odors in carpet caused by urine there are a ton of different methods to try. However, many chemical based means of pet urine removal is not removal at all but simply masking the pet urine odor.
At Andrews Carpet Cleaning, we prefer to remove the odor instead of just masking it. So, in this post we will discuss a simple process using supplies you can get at any grocery store. Other than water, the only chemical we are going to use is white vinegar. Why vinegar?
Vinegar is used because the primary smell and discoloring component of urine is ammonia. Ammonia is a base solution, but vinegar is highly acidic (two opposite ends of the pH scale). This means that when urine is treated with vinegar, the two chemicals will cancel each other out, this has a neutralizing affect on the ammonia and just leaves salt water.
Pet urine (especially from dogs) often soaks not only into the carpet fibers but into the backing of the carpet and the carpet padding as well. This is very unfortunate because it means we have to expose the urine found in the carpet pad to vinegar hopefully without pulling up the carpet. The easiest way to do this is to mix the vinegar 50/50 with water and completely saturate the area. We suggest using about a gallon of water and a gallon of white vinegar to start.
Once its soaked let set for 5 minutes to allow the vinegar to react to the urine then start extracting with a shop vac. You will want to press down hard on the carpet to try and get the water/vinegar mix out of the padding. Repeat this soak/dry process 3 times. Once finished be sure to leave an over head fan on in the room and an oscillating fan directly on the spot should not hurt either.
Afterwards, you may be left with a vinegar odor. Now that we have most if not all the urine out, its OK to go ahead and cover this odor up with a carpet deodorizer carried by most retailers.
If this is too much work or the spot is too large and you live in Tyler, please contact your local carpet cleaning professional.