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What are some ways to eliminate urine odors in a carpet?

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Ways to try to eliminate urine odors from carpet include odor neutralizers, carpet cleaners and carpet extractors. The effectiveness of each method is determined by several factors, including the type of carpet, how soiled it is, and whether the urine is fresh or old.

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If the urine is fresh, the first step is to attempt to soak up as much of it from the carpet as possible. This should hopefully prevent the urine from soaking deep down into the carpet and potentially getting into the padding under the carpet. After soaking up the urine, the next step is to thoroughly rinse the area with clean, cool water. Once the area has been fully cleaned, remove the excess water from the carpet with a wet vacuum or by blotting with a cloth.

For odors caused by older urine stains, a pet odor neutralizer may be able to help eliminate the smell. However, it is important to take the time to thoroughly clean the affected area before using the odor neutralizer. This can be done by using a carpet extractor, also known as a carpet shampooer, which forces water deep into the carpet to remove the urine fully. However, when using a carpet shampooer on urine stains, it is recommended not to use any chemical cleaners, as plain water is usually the most effective on urine. Similarly, urine stains should never be steam cleaned, as this can cause the stain and odor to set in and make them impossible to remove.

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