3 simple all natural household ingredients that will remove pet urine stains out of carpet
Our fuzzy ones try their best to be best friends, and at times therapists, but as we know its impossible for anyone, or anything to be perfect. Fresh urine is a rather unique property, it actually comes out an acid, with a low PH around 3. One of the reasons urine stinks is once it dries is because it dries to a salty crystal commonly known as a form of ammonia, which has a higher PH of around 11.
So when urine comes out it has a low power of hydrogen, or PH, once dries it has a very high PH. Science class taught us that, in order to neutralize something with a high PH you have to use a substance which contains a low PH to aid in getting it as close to neutral on the PH scale as possible, something like tap water, H2o2 ( water ) which has a PH of around 7.
Always use as little amount of liquid as possible, and be sure and use very sparingly if on an upper floor as you don’t want to cause a leak on the lower floors! Simply get the effected area as damp as your loved one did with one of the 3 items listed below. Essentially you want to put down the same amount that your pet put down. Wait around 15 minutes, then take a dry towel and blot up as much as you can. Repeat the process if you still smell urine after the first treatment. If the smell is gone next you will want to spray and saturate the area with simple plain, tap water. Let sit again on the carpet for 5 minutes. Finally place a dry towel over the area, stand on it to help aid in soaking up as much as possible, or use a wet vac, and your done!
First thing you need to pull out of your cupboard that most people have is.
1. White Distilled Vinegar
Let’s just call it the wonder drug of all cleaners shall we? Also known as Acetic Acid ( CH3COOH, ) with a PH of around 2.6, with most available bottles around 4% in a water solution. This not only is an acid with helps get the urine neutralized it also has some disinfecting properties. Aid’s in making water ” wetter ” by descaling, or removing mineral deposits in water. Which in turn makes it easier to flush out and penetrate the urine salts.
Probably the most common go-to, for just about everything. Recent studies have even shown that it could be the best thing in the world to wash your fruits and vegetable’s with, even beating out heavy dish washing liquids. Other tests show it consistently removing 99.9% of bacteria and mold. So this multiple purposed acid will not only bring our PH to a closer go to of 7, but it will also kill off most of the bacteria in our carpets and padding.
Many carpeted rug washing plants buy it in 55 gallon drums to not only break the urine salts down but to also restore coloring in the rugs. Carpet manufactures are also known for using acid’s to help aid in setting the dye’s in carpets and rugs. As for the smell, dont worry it will calm down once the area begins to dry.
2. Carbonated Water
As a teenager I worked at a local Italian restaurant. Part of our uniform was a white collared, dress shirt. As you can probably guess busing or waiting tables can get a little messy. Lifting up a tray over my head, a glass of wine cam tumbling down my shirt, on my first night all over my new white shirt. A bartender must have seen the whole thing as she comes over with a white bar towel and said, “here try blotting it with this.” Sure enough the wine disappeared before my eyes almost instantly.
Some of whats going on here is the lowering of the PH to around 3 or 4, which would give us an acidic solution close to orange juice. This will help neutralize urine by being acidic alone. What also is going on here is an extra oxygen element ( carbon dioxide reacts with water to form carbonic acid
CO2+H2O=H2CO3 ) so oxidation is also happening.
GreenWay Carpet Cleaning, who’s located in Ventura CA county has attested that carbonated water will actually get almost all things that are all natural out of carpets and upholstery too. From urine to blood to spaghetti sauce. It’s what they recommend their customers use for spot cleanings instead of all the common carpet cleaning spray’s available over the counter.
3. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide is one of the most commonly used as an antiseptic. In fact most house holds have a bottle sitting underneath their sink. It’s been used for century’s. Chances are not only do our parents know about it but so does our grandparents.
Commonly called “peroxide” and use for disinfecting minor wounds. It is also the main ingredient that gives many cleaners, or laundry boosters their “wow” effect. Mostly diluted to around 1% in with simple tap water will usually still get the job done. Also widely used in the salon industry to bleach hair and used in around the 15% strength, which can cause severe skin burns if not careful.
Easily the most widely used brightener or color safe bleach alternative on the market, hydrogen peroxide in the most common for of 3% of volume of water, with a ph of around 4, found easily at your local big box store. Is able to get nearly 100% of any all natural stain out of any fabric. It will degrade anything natural so be careful if not completely avoid using on fine silks’s or wool carpeting. The oxidation that occurs once it is placed on an element will also aid in disinfecting any of the urine it is exposed to. Some stains such as flower pollen, or mustard’s the oxidation reaction can take several days before it is fully gone. Though sunlight, or ultra violent lights can help accelerate the process.
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