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Urine odor 101

Phew! What is that smell?


You might have uttered those words a few times, and when it happens, it is often from pet urine in carpet. When left untreated, many problems can arise, and the most obvious is noticed with your nose. With carpet and other surfaces in the home, one of the toughest chores in urine odor removal is the first finding the location of the odor. Following your sense of smell often helps, and keeping an eye on the guilty pet(s) to track them to the source can also work.


Once you've found the location of the odor, you will need to treat the area. A small spotting machine with water and a small amount of detergent can remove most of what’s in the carpet pile, but there’s really no way to get deep down in the backing or pad where some of the urine might have penetrated. That’s something only the pros can do. But getting to a urine spot while still damp and using lots of blotting with disposable towels is a great urine removal 101 tip. Once it dries, it becomes much more challenging.


Remember this: If left untreated, especially if the pet continues its accident-prone activities, and urine builds up in carpet, it doesn’t really dry out. Urine actually crystalizes and a salt-like substance forms, which attracts moisture from the air. That’s why you notice urine odors more in the summer when it's humid than in the winter when the air is drier.


What about clothing?

If fresh, a normal laundering should suffice. You might want to wash separately from other garments. Wash with cold water if colorfastness is a concern, although hot water does clean better.


But occasionally, urine odors can persist in clothing because of the age of the contamination or other factors. When this happens, a pre-soak is necessary. Fill a sink or tub (or use a bucket if the item will fit) and fill it up with hot water. Add ¼ cup of white vinegar per gallon of water and soak the clotheing for two hours. The vinegar, being acidic, will counteract the aging urine salts that have built up.


Bottom line? Fresh urine in carpet or clothing can be easy to remove. But get to it quick. Blot the carpet and rinse with a spotting machine, but never apply products to the area because that can just make it worse. Don’t be tempted by those products on the shelf at your grocery store. For clothing, put it in the laundry right away.


But if pet urine odor persists in your carpet and is ruining your day, it’s time to get some help. Don’t delay - call us today at 770-765-1221. After all, it pays to call your pro!

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