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How do you get pet odor out of carpet?

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Pet odors can be removed from carpeting with a wet vacuum followed by an application of pet odor neutralizing powder. If pet urine has soaked into the carpet pad, the odorous portion of the carpeting and underlying pad may need to be removed and replaced.

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How do you get pet odor out of carpet?
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Pet odors can also be removed from carpeting with a combination of white vinegar, liquid soap, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. The first step is to pour equal parts of water and vinegar over the areas of carpeting that are emitting the pet odors. Once the carpeting is dry, the next step is to sprinkle baking soda over the affected areas. As the baking soda sets in, the third step is to mix together four parts hydrogen peroxide and one part liquid soap and to rub the mixture into the carpeting with a cleaning brush. After the carpeting has dried, the last step is to vacuum over the affected area.

It's important for pet owners to avoid utilizing steam cleaners on pet odors, as the heat emitted from the machine causes the odors to bond with the carpet fibers and remain in the carpet permanently. Cleaning products containing ammonia should also be avoided, as the strong scent is bothersome to pets and often leads them to urinate again in the same spot to reinforce the urine scent and minimize the ammonia scent.

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