Cleaning Pet Urine

by Emily McBride
(last updated July 12, 2010)

Animals can truly grow to be man's best friend, but until they are house trained, they can be a big pain. It's not fun and exciting to clean up pet urine, but it's a chore that needs to be done. Not only that, but if you don't clean it well enough, you will increase the chance that your pet will use that area as a bathroom again in the future. Urinating can be a way for cats and dogs to "mark their territory," especially if they are not neutered. If they sense their scent in an area after they have urinated there, they are very likely to urinate there again.

Removing the spot or stain is usually the easy part. It is easier to clean the spot if you catch it while it is still wet. First use rags or paper towels to absorb as much of the urine as you can. (It's better to use rags if possible to help the environment by preventing extra waste.) One way to do this is to fold the rag in half and step on it (preferably with shoes so that the urine doesn't soak into your feet). Make sure you step all around it and not just on one spot. Keep using rags to soak up the moisture until no more will soak up.

After you dry up the spot, or if it is already dry, use a cleaner. One of your best options is to use a cleaner specifically made for pet urine. These can be found at your local pet store. They target the specific chemicals in urine that can cause the scent to stick around. If you don't want to buy a cleaner, you can also use some household products. You can mix one part vinegar with three parts water and pour it on the spot. Let it soak for about five minutes and then soak it up like you soaked up the urine. Although this may work in cleaning the spot, your safest bet for getting the scent out is using a commercial pet urine cleaner.

Although you may not feel up to it, thoroughly clean the spot and get rid of the scent as soon as you can. If you wait around, you may need to clean up even more urine. Taking care of your pet will keep you and your pet happier and help your relationship to be more enjoyable.

Author Bio

Emily McBride

A senior majoring in English and editing at BYU, Emily hopes to enter the field of professional editing upon graduation. Emily has done humanitarian work in Africa and studied in London. She enjoys blogging, foreign films, and playing the piano. ...

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