Accidents with your furry friends do happen. It is our job to clean up the mess and eliminate the smell.

For items that can be machine washed

The recipe? Simply, add one-pound box of baking soda and wash as usual with your conventional detergent, and air-dry it if possible. If there is still some mark or odor of the soiling, wash it all over again with an enzymatic cleaner — these work great with pet-waste odors.

Carpeted areas and upholstery

When we do Red Deer carpet cleaning we know fresh stains require immediate response in order to alleviate the consequences. Put a pile of paper towels directly on the wet spot and put a thick layer of newspaper on top of it as a cover. If feasible, place some of the newspaper under the stained area as well. Put some weight or simply stand on this padding for a minute or two and repeat this process until the area is barely damp. Then, rinse the “accident zone” thoroughly with clean, cool water, blotting dry.

For already set stains, well, they require a rather different approach. Consider renting a carpet cleaner from your local hardware or grocery store and definitely use a high-quality pet odor neutralizer once the area is clean. Avoid cleaning chemicals such as ammonia or vinegar. Intensive odors often act as a stimulator for your pet to highlight the urine scent mark in that particular area, and need to be taken care of to extend the life of your carpet.

Damage to paint or wood

Sometimes it happens to have pieces of the furniture, walls, or floor to be discolored due to the varnish or paint reacting to the acid in the urine. In such cases, the layer of varnish or paint should be replaced with suitable replacement which is safe for pets.

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Incident or soiling prevention

When the cleaning process is finished, the next step is to make it unappealing and/or inaccessible to your pet and make the designate bathroom zone attractive. If your pet can detect their personal scent, they will keep on returning to the “accident zone.” This is something that can be proactively handled by a professional cleaner or home care person (read more).

Ensure having your pet examined by a veterinarian to rule out medical causes for the accident. When you are sure that everything is OK, use positive reinforcement techniques to train your cat or dog to eliminate in the proper place. Finally, understanding your pet’s motivations will make it easier to them on the right track again.