How to Remove Animal Urine Smell


House pets can be delightful companions but if they aren't house trained or have problems with their bladders they will urinate in the home leaving an odor that is difficult to remove. Urine odors seep into surfaces and chemical cleaners only mask them. This odor returns after a few weeks and will cause pets to urinate in the same spot over and over. Cleaning the spot properly is the best way to eliminate the odor and help the urinating problem.

Things You'll Need

  • Rags
  • Towels
  • Wet-dry vac
  • Enzyme cleaner
  • Wipe up any remaining urine with dry rags. If the urine is in a carpet, press absorbent towels onto it until no more moisture comes out.

  • Wash the area with plain water. If you are working on carpet, consider using a wet-dry vac. This will flush water into a carpet and suck it back out. Once you wash the area, dry it as thoroughly as possible. It is particularly important to flush the area if the urine is old. This will dilute the urine and remove any chemicals that were previously used on the stain.

  • Spray an enzyme-based cleaner on the stain. These cleaners are available for purchase at a pet supply store. They consume the proteins in bodily fluids and are the most effective cleaner for removing urine odors. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the product. You need to rinse some cleaners, but you leave others on the stain.

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