It’s inevitable. If you are a dog owner, there will come a time where you will have a pet mess to clean up in the house. Maybe you have a brand new puppy who is going through their training period, perhaps you have an older dog that doesn’t have the same bladder control that they used to, or maybe you just happen to have a dog who is easily excitable. Whatever the reason, messes do come with owning a dog.
So what do you do when these messes occur? These tips can help you to clean up the mess and make sure no trace is left behind.
Cut Down on the Messes
Before we even look at ways to clean up the messes it’s important to note that if you can find a way to cut back on the messes, this is most definitely the better route to go. A pet sitting service that can come into your home and look after your animal, or a professional dog walker could be the perfect answer to your problem.
White Vinegar – Your Secret Weapon
Now when it comes to the best cleaning solution for pet messes you may be surprised to hear it costs very little, and you likely already have it in your home. Simple everyday white vinegar can be your absolute best cleaning product when it comes to dog and cat urine. What makes vinegar so important is that it alkaline. What this means is that it is able to deodorize urine, whether that be on a carpet or hard surface.
Vinegar is able to attack the enzymes found in urine and break them down. The enzymes are what cause the smell.
The best way to use vinegar is to pour it onto a clean towel and blot the soiled area using pressure, spray the area with a mixture of three parts water to one part vinegar, or use a sponge soaked in vinegar to clean it.
Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
If you don’t have vinegar on hand, you can use hydrogen peroxide as a cleaning solution. All you need to do is mix two parts water with one part hydrogen peroxide. It’s best to mix it in a spray bottle so you can then spray the soiled area. Allow the solution to sit on the area for five to 10 minutes and then blot it dry. This solution is meant for carpeted floors.
Dealing with Remaining Odors
If you have used the above methods on carpet and still find there is an odor left behind, then you can take one final step. Sprinkle the area with baking soda and allow it to sit for a number of hours. Once the time has passed, you can vacuum it up. It may be necessary to repeat this process.
Get to the Mess Early
While the methods mentioned above will certainly help as far as the messes are concerned, keep in mind that the earlier you are able to get to the mess and clean it up, the better the odds are of removing the stain and odor.