Every pet owners worse nightmare, but it doesn't have to be. Accidents happen, with these quick fixes you can get your carpet and your nose back. Here is how to clean the pet urine or vomit stains and the odor along with it.
For Machine-washable items
Add an entire one pound box of baking soda in addition to your regular detergent and wash the item as usual, air drying if possible. If you can still see or smell the soiling, wash it again with an enzymatic cleaner — these are made to break down pet waste odors.
Pro Tip: If your pet soils the sheets or blankets on a bed, a good idea is to cover the bed with a vinyl, flannel-backed tablecloth while you retrain them not to use the bed area for that purpose. It's machine washable, inexpensive and unattractive to your pet.
Carpeted areas and upholstery
For "new" stains (still wet):
Soak up as much of the urine as you can. Place a thick layer of paper towels on the wet spot and cover that with a thick layer of old newspaper. If possible, put newspaper under the soiled area as well. Stand on this padding (this helps absorb the urine into the paper) for about a minute and repeat until the area is barely damp.
Pro Tip: If possible, put the fresh, urine-soaked paper towel in your pet’s designated “bathroom area.”
Rinse the "accident area" thoroughly with clean, cool water and blot until dry.
For stains that have already set:
Consider renting a carpet cleaner from your local hardware or grocery store to give you extra power when tackling old stains.
Use a high-quality pet odor neutralizer once the area is clean.
Use carpet stain remover if the area still looks stained after it's had a chance to dry completely.
Things to look out for:
Avoid using steam cleaners to clean urine odors from carpet or upholstery. The heat will permanently set the stain and the odor by bonding the protein into any man-made fibers.
Avoid cleaning chemicals such as ammonia or vinegar. Strong chemical odors may encourage your pet to reinforce the urine scent mark in that area.
Your job will be more difficult if urine has soaked down into the padding underneath your carpet. In some cases, you may need to replace portions of carpet and padding.
Pro tip: If you have a black light, use it to identify soiled areas and lightly outline the areas with chalk.