Accidents do happen from time to time.
Here is how to eliminate the smell and clean up.
Add one pound of baking soda with your regular detergent and then wash as normal. If possible, air-dry the item. If you are still able to smell or see the soil, try washing it again using an enzymatic cleaner – they help to break pet waste odors down.
If your pet soils blankets or sheets on the bed, cover up the bed with a flannel-backed, vinyl tablecloth as you are retraining him. They are unattractive to your pet and are inexpensive and machine washable.
Upholstery and carpeted areas
For “new” stains (ones that are wet still):
- Soak up as much of your pet’s urine as you can. Put a pile of paper towels on top of the wet spot, and then cover it with a thick pile of newspaper.
- Please newspapers underneath the soiled area also, if possible.
- Stand on top of the padding for around one minute, and then repeat the process until the area is practically dry.
- Place a urine-soaked paper towel inside your pet’s dedicated “bathroom area” if possible.
- Use clean, cool water to rinse out the “accident area” and blot dry.
For stains that have set already:
- Hire a professional carpet cleaner.
- The ‘type’ of carpet and upholstery cleaning used for urine odors is very important. If done incorrectly, the odor or stain could permanently bond the protein to man-made fibers. It’s best to hire a pro
- Do not use cleaning chemicals like vinegar or ammonia. Strong chemical odors might encourage your pet to reinforce his urine scent mark within the area.
- It will be harder to clean if the urine has soaked into the padding under your carpet. You might have to replace parts of the padding and carpet in some cases.
Wood and paint damage
If you have discolored wood on your floor, baseboard, walls, or furniture, that means that the paint or varnish reacted to the urine’s acid. You might have to remove and replace the paint or varnish layer. If you do, be sure to use a pet-safe product.
Old messes might have dried invisible and will be harder to find. In order to locate them do the following:
- Sniff for soiled areas using your nose.
- Closely examine the suspicious area in order to spot any hard-to-find soiling.
- Use a black light (if you have one) to identify a soiled area. Outline the area lightly with chalk.
How to prevent future accidents
After you have cleaned the area, try to make it as unavailable and/or unattractive to your pet and his appropriate bathroom spot as attractive as possible. As long as a pet is able to smell his own scent, he will keep returning to the “accident area.”
Have a veterinarian check your pet to make sure there are no medical issues causing accidents. After you are sure that your pet is healthy, train your dog or cat using positive reinforcement to eliminate in the right place.
Finally, keep in mind that there could have been a good explanation for why your pet decided to use the wrong area to eliminate. If you can understand what your pet’s motivations are it can make it easier to help them get back on the right track.
This re-training period could take one week or even longer. Keep in mind that building their bad habit took time to do, and so it will also take time to replace this habit with more acceptable, new behavior.