Pets can bring great joy to people’s lives. Their companionship can be very comforting and often strong bonds are formed in no time. But sometimes pets might be sick or aren’t yet fully house-broken, so accidents happen.
Pet urine (especially cat urine) can sometimes ruin your flooring if you can’t catch it right away, which let’s face it, who really has the time to watch their pets all day? Treating the stains as soon as possible can help eliminate most of the odors, but you won’t get rid of it fully unless you treat the subfloor.
For instance, in the case of rental homes, sometimes the owner can’t tackle the problem right away and is left with the cost of replacing the damaged flooring.
When pet urine dries, it forms crystals that produce that stench.
If you are replacing the carpet and pad, make sure to always look for the stain(s) on the subfloor and treat it with a cleaner formulated for pet urine. Same goes with laminate flooring. In this case if the water damage was too much and the laminate is lifted, I would suggest replacing those pieces. If your subfloor is wood, it’s definitely recommended to cut out and replace the affected area as it might be impossible to fully get the odors out.
If you are trying to prevent urine marking inside the house, there are several products you can find at your local pet store, most of them come in the form of spray that you can let sit for 5 minutes and then clean up.
Some DIY cleaners you can try include; hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar and baking soda mixed with hydrogen peroxide. If you choose to go with the DIY solution, make sure to always test in a small area or a piece of scrap carpet.