How to Get Rid of Dog Pee or Dog Urine Smell
The scent of dog pee can certainly be bothersome and sometimes very difficult to eliminate. You might have just moved into a new home and have realized that the pets of the previous owner have left their odors all over the house. You may have tried almost everything to get rid of this odor, such as scrubbing the floor with pine sol, bleach, lime, and other recommended cleaners. You might have even removed old pads and carpets, replacing them with new ones. However, no matter what you did, the odors still lingered.
You may have asked yourself the question, why am I unable to get rid of this odor? The answer is simple -- you have to take the usual professional approach to eliminate pet odors.
- First, you have to locate the spots where the animals were urinating.
- You then have to destroy the bacteria that is responsible for causing the odor.
- Finally, you have to seal the areas.
Most pets have a favorite spot where they repeatedly urinate. In addition to the wood underlayment or concrete floor, urine can be absorbed by baseboard and quarter-round moldings, drywalls or plasters, and even drapes. Bacteria in urine can also become airborne, which means spores can end up on walls, windowsills and amazingly enough, even ceilings. In severe cases, urine may have soaked into insulation and ductwork.
If you had installed new carpets and pads, first you have to remove them. Next, check everywhere using a black light and moisture detector(many pet supply stores will rent or sell them) to find the spots and urine deposits. Urine spots are usually not visible to the naked eyes, however, in a darkened room, the salts found in urine become fluorescent in the presence of ultraviolet light making urine spots visible.
You should mark all damaged areas once they are found, then let them aired out thoroughly. At this point, you may use a fogging machine loaded with an odor counteractant to penetrate surfaces and neutralize the smell. The suggestion is that you should try renting one from a large rental yard or fire restoration specialty company. If you are unable to do so, you should saturate the damaged areas with a product containing liquid enzyme.
According to the Pros, one such product for example, is the Nature's Miracle Stain and odor remover which is widely available at pet stores. You are advised not to use any enzyme product in conjunction with any other soap or disinfectant, as they can interfere with the reaction that occurs.
Allow the area to dry completely, which may take an average of up to 2wks. Your next step is to seal the plywood floor with a thinned polyurethane or a product like NILZ, once the surface is dry. You can purchase this product or any other brand at a hardware store such as the Home Depot.
To get rid of that bothersome odor of dog pee that has been absorbed in walls, you may have to apply a fresh coat of paint. However, priming is essential before painting, as it prevents the odor from bleeding through the new coat of paint. The best type of primer usually recommended, is the alcohol-based white-pigmented Shellac, which is believed to inhibit pet odors by absorbing it.
The final step is to reinstall the carpet. However, you are advised not to reinstall old pads. You should use new pads instead, simply because old pads trap odors.
To summarize, it can be a tedious job trying to eliminate the bothersome odor of dog pee, however, if you apply the above recommendation which include: first finding the areas,then treat them before finally sealing them, you can successfully eliminate all pet's odor.
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