There’s nothing worse than finding out that your pet has had an accident on the carpet. Those odors tend to absorb into the fibers of the carpet, leaving a pungent smell behind. There may also be an unsightly stain that won’t go away.
In this article, we will discuss all of the solutions available to you, ranging from enzymes to other pet cleaning products.
Enzymes: How do they work?
Enzymes are capable of removing odors. They work because of creating a chemical reaction on the floor. Enzymes are biological proteins that bind with the substrate, in this case, urine, to start the chemical reaction and break them down. The end result is that the smell is no longer there. The only remaining thing left behind after the reaction is carbon dioxide and ammonia. These escape into the environment so that there is nothing left on the floor or carpet.
The Importance of Using Pet Safe Products
Using pet safe products is of the utmost importance. Many products are very good about labeling themselves as “pet-friendly “and even “kid friendly.”
Pets are naturally curious and may try to lick the cleaner that you apply to the floor. You don’t want to use harsh chemicals that your pet could come into contact with. If they ingest the chemicals, it could end up causing them to be extremely sick. Additionally, some products use bleach. If your pet picks up the bleach on their paws, it could end up being tracked throughout other areas of your home, leaving unsightly bleach spots in their wake.
How to Locate Pet Urine Stains
There are all sorts of ways to locate the pet urine stains. If it’s not obviously visible, you might need to spray the floor for the stain to be seen. If you mix equal parts of peroxide and baking soda and spray it on the area where there is urine, it will turn white to show you the area that needs to be cleaned.
Another option is to use white vinegar and then shine a black light onto the floor. The Nest offers a great guide on how to find urine so that a pet doesn’t keep re-marking the spot.
How to Use an Enzyme Cleaner
An enzyme cleaner is an extremely easy way to get the spots up and the odor gone. If the mess is still fresh, use a paper towel to blot up what you can. From there, soak the spot with the enzymes. If the mess is on the carpet, be sure to soak the cleaner all the way to the pad. This will ensure that there are no remnants behind.
There is no need to scrub the carpet when using an enzyme cleaner. Let it soak overnight. You can then check to make sure it’s all gone with the use of a black light. If there is still some showing up, use the cleaner one more time and it should take care of even the worst stains.
Additional Pet Cleaning Products
Various other pet cleaning products should be considered, too. This will allow you to take care of pet stains and odors in a variety of ways. By using them in conjunction with an enzymatic cleaner, you get double the action.
Steam cleaners are great for hardwood, tile, and laminate. You can steam clean the floors with only a little bit of water. Plus, you’re able to say goodbye to up to 99.9% of bacteria and germs. It leaves the floors looking clean while sanitizing at the same time.
The BISSELL PowerFresh Pet Steam Mop 19404 is a powerful solution that has variable steam control. It is also lightweight with a built-in easy scrubber. Fragrance discs will also help get rid of unwanted pet odors. Further, a 23-foot cord will give you a wide range of motion so there’s no need to keep unplugging to go from room to room.
Carpet cleaning machines are also capable of getting deep into the carpet fibers, washing them of the pet urine that has soaked inside. The BISSELL SpotBot Pet Handsfree Spot & Stain Portable Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner is easy to use and has built in components to stop the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria.
Using Bubba’s Super Steamer Carpet Cleaner inside of the carpet cleaner is a great idea because the solution cleans and deodorizes. The concentrate lasts a while, too, because you only need to use one ounce of the cleaner for every one gallon of water. It is a green solution and restores the color and texture of your carpet while giving it the deep clean you need.
Best Enzymatic Cleaners for Odor Removal & Spots
You never know when your pet is going to have an accident, which is why it’s a good idea to have an enzymatic cleaner in the house, waiting to be used. Enzyme-based cleaners are gaining a lot of popularity. This means that there are more and more brands releasing their products to the market.
You can choose to get a bottle size ranging from 16 ounces all the way up to a gallon or larger. We recommend getting a spray bottle and a gallon jug. Simply use the jug to refill the spray bottle when it runs out.
We’ve had success with all of the below enzymatic cleaners. The Doggone Pet Urine Enzymatic Concentrate also has a great fresh scent that we love.
Nature’s Miracle Stain & Odor Remover
Nature’s Miracle Stain & Odor Remover is a stain and odor remover with a trigger spray available in a variety of different sizes. It’s tough enough to tackle the toughest of stains, including accidents, mud, vomit, and blood. It offers a bio-enzymatic cleaning formula for permanently eliminates organic stains and leaves behind a clean scent. The spray can be used on hard services, clothing, carpets, and even carriers.
Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator
Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator is used to eliminate stains, odors, and residue. It is capable of handling everything from pet urine and feces to vomit. The enzyme activation ensures that against deep down in the stain until it’s completely eliminated. The product is certified gentle and safe, being safe to use around pets and children. There are no hazardous propellants inside and it is chlorine free. It can be used on every surface, ranging from carpets to floors to furniture. There is also a 100% satisfaction guarantee on the product.
Doggone Pet Urine Stain Enzymatic Cleaner
Doggone Pet Urine Stain Enzymatic Cleaner uses a proprietary blend of molecular odor neutralizers and detergents. It is capable of lifting the stain and getting rid of the odor. The smell is instantly controlled with the molecular odor destroyer neutralizers. Additionally, the enzyme-producing bacteria will culture to rapidly degrade and digest the waste found on carpets and floors. The product is easy to use and is designed to be left overnight so that the job is done.
Doggone Pet Urine Enzymatic Concentrate
The Doggone Pet Urine Enzymatic Concentrate is designed to save you money. You can mix a gallon or a quart at a time. The proprietary blend of molecular odor neutralizers dig deep into carpet and furniture fibers. The detergents also help to degrade and digest the waste overnight so that there is nothing left. A 100% satisfaction guarantee is also available, ensuring you get your money back with no questions asked if you’re unhappy.
Petzyme Pet Stain Remover & Odor Eliminator
Petzyme Pet Stain Remover & Odor Eliminator is available in a 32-ounce spray bottle and a 1-gallon bottle. It is guaranteed to remove the odor left behind from cat urine. The enzyme cleaner is able to get rid of stains and odors. Instead of masking the odors, they are entirely eliminated. It’s also non-toxic, so it can be used around both people and pets. It can be used on all water-safe surfaces ranging from carpets and upholstery to tile and wood.
Genesis 950 Professional Strength Concentrate
Genesis 950 Professional Strength Concentrate is a concentrated cleaner that is a carpet cleaner and pet odor eliminator. It is oil, grease, and water soluble and is a green cleaner. It can be used as a spot cleaner as well as inside of carpet machines. You can use this as a complete all-purpose cleaner to clean up after pets as well as to clean kitchen counters, bathroom fixtures, car interiors, and more.
Pet odors and stains happen from time to time. The good news is that there are plenty of enzymatic cleaners and other pet cleaners on the market that can get rid of both. We recommend combining an enzymatic cleaner with a steam mop and powerful carpet cleaner like Bubba’s Super Steamer Carpet Cleaner in order to tackle the problem from all angles. It ensures you don’t let the stain soak in, plus you have the various tools to maintain pet stains all year long.