Our pets are sensitive beings — and creatures of habit. So, when they decide to make a habit of soiling the carpet or the new couch, it can be difficult to break them of it. Before you resign yourself to a life of nose plugs and a strict “no houseguests” policy, try the following steps to identify the source and clean up the area to prevent your pet from continuing this bad habit.
Identify the Source
The smell can usually lead you to a targeted area your pet has labeled as his territory. However, sometimes smells are deceiving. If you have an odor that isn’t going away, you might try borrowing or purchasing a black light and using it on where you think the odor is coming from.
There’s Clean and Then There’s Clean
First things first: Soak up any urine you can. Getting rid of as much urine as possible before it dries will make your process easier. You may want to put the urine-soaked paper towels in the area you’d like your pet to use for future bathroom breaks.
Once the odor has set in, though, you’ll have to take some extra measures to get rid of it. Even if you no longer smell the urine, your pet might. You need to neutralize the odor.
Wash any items you can in the laundry, which could include pillow covers, couch covers, clothes or blankets. Use Tide With Febreze® Freshness to help clean away stains and odors from everywhere your pet lounges, including your bed sheets, a favorite (washable) rug or crate liners and pads. For added odor neutralizing, add a 1-pound box of baking soda to your detergent. Let these items air-dry.
Next, on to the carpet. Neutralizing cleaners won't work until you've rinsed every trace of the old cleaner from the carpet if you've previously used cleaners or chemicals of any kind on the area. Even if you haven't used chemicals recently, any trace of a non-protein-based substance will weaken the effect of the enzymatic cleaner. The cleaner will use up its 'energy' on the old cleaners, instead of on the protein stains you want removed. Try using Febreze Pet Odor Eliminator on upholstery and carpets near your pet's favorite spots and virtually all over the house. And rest assured, Febreze is safe for use around pets.
Check With the Vet
It’s important to check with your vet to make sure there isn’t a health risk at the root of your pet’s newest habit. There are many reasons your pet may be relieving himself somewhere you’d rather he not, but so long as his health is not a factor, with proper cleaning and a little more TLC, chances are good that you can come to an understanding that you’ll both be happier with.