3 Mistakes to Avoid When Your Dog Pees on the Floor
Anyone has ever owned a dog has probably come home to find a surprise they have left for you, a pee stain on the floor. When this happens, one of the biggest challenges is getting rid of the smell. Naturally, this mess needs to be dealt with as soon as possible, but first let’s discuss what not to do to prevent the smell from permeating throughout the house!
If your dog has peed on the floor, it is usually not enough to attack the stain with bleach or detergents to get rid of the smell. Meanwhile, the odor just continues to infect the rest of your home and settling into the furniture. So here are a few mistakes to avoid to prevent this from happening.
1. The type of material matters
The way you should treat a stain on the floor, for example, should not be same as how you treat a stain on the couch. If you are dealing with fabric soaked in dog pee, the first thing to do is soak up the moisture with some paper towels.
Next, cover the stain with some baking soda and let it sit overnight. The next day, all you have to do is clean up the area with a vacuum.
2. Don’t just mask the smell
Remember that when you try to remedy the smell of dog pee with air fresheners you are not actually getting rid of the smell. In fact, it is best to just avoid perfumes all together and focus on getting rid of the pee that is causing it.
An effective way to accomplish this is by using vinegar and water. Mix equal parts of the two liquids to rub into the stain. Let the area sit for about 10 to 15 minutes before rubbing away residual with a clean cloth. At this point, it should be fine to use an air freshener, if you so choose.
3. Avoid ammonia
It is pretty common for people to resort to ammonia to clean up a pet’s urine, but in the end this does not help the situation. In fact, it just makes things worse. Instead, ammonia should be replaced with a mixture of water, detergent, and bleach. This solution will surely get to the root of the problem.