Removing Urine Stains and Spots On Carpets and Clothing
Though not the most pleasant of substances to think about, it’s surprising easy to remove. Urine contains various chemicals including uric acid. Most components of urine can be washed away in the normal course of laundering. Uric acid presents problems in stain removal. If you heat uric acid crystals, they will become fixed on the fabric. The effect will be permanent. Insoluble uric acid crystals are difficult to remove with normal cleaning solutions like bleach.
Uric acid crystals stick to any surface including smooth surface like tiles and porcelain. These crystals have to be physically removed by mechanical means like scrubbing etc.
Pet Stains On Carpets:
Pet urine stains on carpet should be removed as early as possible. Any delay will cause the uric acid to crystallize on the rug and carpet. The effect will be permanent on the carpet. So take a quick and immediate action. The following course of action is recommended
- Blot up the urine immediately. Keep the stained area wet with a damp cloth
- Use the liquid shampoo for the rugs.
- Work from out side to center to avoid spreading the stain.
- Rinse with cloth dampened with water.
- Clean and wring the cloth as often as possible
- Repeat steps 2 to 5 until you see that the stain is gone.
- Dry the rug as early as possible.
- During the drying process if you find that the stain is not gone, repeat steps 2 to 5 until you see the result. Do not wait until the rug has dried completely.
Dried Urine Stains:
If the urine stain has dried repeated applications of detergent, white regular household vinegar, and household ammonia will have to be done until the stain has been removed. The mixture of detergent may be made by mixing one teaspoon of a mild non-alkaline and non-bleaching detergent with 1 cup of warm water. The mixture of vinegar may be made by mixing one third cup of vinegar with two third cup of lukewarm water. The mixture of ammonia may be made by mixing one teaspoon of the ammonia with half cup of cold water.
Do not use hot water or heat steam-cleaning method on urine stains. This will have exactly the reverse effect. As soon as you apply heat in any type to urine stains, it has the effect of fixing the stain instead of removing the stain.
Pet Urine Stains:
Pets can sometime leave urine stains on the floor and the odors from these stains unfortunately persist. To remove the odor and the stain, use the following procedure.
- Use your nose. Find the affected area. This can be done with your sense of smell and sight together
- Clean the area completely of odor and the stain
- The wooden floors will need enzymatic cleaners to clean the odor effectively.
- The stains may not be removed completely and the surface may need a recoat of surface treatment it received before it was affected by urine stains.
- It is necessary to make sure that your pets get training properly and they go to the area reserved .
- Make sure that odors are removed completely. If a pet can smell urine on your wooden floor, it might think that this is the area reserved for urination and may use it for that purpose again.
Pet Urine Stains on Fabric or Clothes:
Pet urine on clothes is a rare occurrence. It is necessary to wet the affected area as early as possible and ensure that urine is diluted with water as far as possible to ensure that to stains and odor does not remain on the clothes. Discard the particular piece of cloth if the immediate dilution is not possible.
Urine Stain on Clothing or Fabric:
Modern methods of urine absorption make this as a rare occurrence. It is still possible when you have children your own house and the practical solution to this problem will be to wash the affected piece of clothing as early as possible or at least to dilute the spilled urine by putting the cloth in a bucketful of water and wash it off at the first opportunity.