NO PET IS PURRFECT:
How to clean your pet’s toilet training accidents
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, below are some floorboard and carpet cleaning tips from Carpet Court, to ensure your home doesn’t end up smelling like a doghouse.
Step 1: Soak up as much urine as possible using paper towels (use white paper towel only to avoid dye transfers).
Step 2: 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.
Step 3: Leave the enzyme solution on the affected area for 10 minutes. Blot the affected area with paper towel and leave to dry.
Step 4: Once dry, sprinkle some baking soda over the area and leave for 24 hours as it sanitises the area; then vacuum the area.
Step 5: If discolouration is still evident, repeat steps 2 and 3 with cold water only. Note, this can be done up to four times.
Step 6: 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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