It's no wonder that pet urine on carpet is high on the list of housekeeping issues for many homeowners—the smell is repulsive and even it isn't very strong at the time, it will get worse in hot, humid weather. So if you have a urine smell in your carpet, it is important to find and address the problem as soon as possible. You must completely eliminate the smell to discourage your pet from urinating on the carpet again.
Things You'll Need
- Black light
Do a quick smell test. Most fresh urine or spraying marks will be odorous. Get close to the ground and sniff to detect the presence of urine.
Focus on the areas of your carpet that are close to the sides of your furniture. An animal that sprays urine to mark his territory will usually do so up against furniture, like couches or dresser drawers.
Look for hiding places in your home where the animal might have gone to the bathroom. Animals, especially cats, do not like their urine scent to be found as a matter of instinct, so they will go to obscure locations.
Check under potted plants for urine stains. Some animals see the dirt in plants as a pseudo-litter box—cats and dogs who used to live outdoors use to go to the bathroom in the dirt. Over time, and much use, the urine can leak down to the carpet.
Turn off the lights and close your windows. Use a black light to scan the surface of your carpet for urine stains. Urine will show as a bright white mark on the carpet fibers.
Use colored tape to mark the areas where you find urine. Mark the boundaries of the stain so that you know exactly where to apply special treatments.