Puppies and kittens are prone to toilet training mishaps. It’s important to attend to the accident immediately – the smell of old pee is an attractant where if not cleaned properly off the floor, your dog or cat will be a repeat offender, urinating in the same location again and again. To avoid this paw-tential disaster, here are some floorboard and carpet cleaning tips from Carpet Court. For additional floor cleaning information see Carpet Court’s Cleaning & Care Guide at: www.carpetcourt.com.au
- Soak up as much urine as possible using white paper towels only to avoid dye transfers.
- After you’ve blotted the area, spray affected floorboards or carpet area with an enzyme-based solution [1-part white vinegar and 1-part cold water] as it neutralises the smell.
- Leave the enzyme solution on the affected area for 10 minutes. Blot the affected area with paper towel and leave to dry.
- Once dry, sprinkle baking soda over the area and leave for 24 hours to sanitise the area; then vacuum.
- If discolouration is still evident, repeat steps 2 and 3 with cold water only, which can be done up to four times.
- If stains or odours fail to respond adequately to treatment on carpet, call a professional carpet cleaner to attend to the area within 48 hours.
- Never wash affected carpet areas with regular soap or cleaning products – if applied immediately after the enzyme treatment this will deactivate the neutralisation process [meaning the smell will remain]. Additionally, cleaning products can permanently stain your carpet.
- Do not clean your floorboards with ammonia-based products as the smell can attract your pets to mark the area.
- Do not use a steam mop to clean floorboards.
- Never rub or scrub the stain as it can result in “fuzzy” carpet areas.
- Do not immediately use a steam cleaner on the affected carpet area, as this can embed the stain and smell into your carpet fibres.
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