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How to Remove Urine Stains

While the smell of urine is pretty awful, it can also bring a visible stain that can embarrass you on sight, well outside of the range of your nose. If you’ve got old urine stains that are ruining clothes, upholstery, linens (or other fabrics), concrete, tile, or wood in your house, here are the most popular methods for dealing with them.

Important Notes:

  • Different fabric dyes can interact with different cleaning solutions in different ways. Always test the mixtures suggested below on a non-visible portion of a new fabric before applying them to a visible spot for the first time, to ensure colors are not damaged.

  • For carpet stains, the urine may have penetrated the pad under the fabric’s piles. Be sure to use enough cleaning solution penetrates deep into the pad to combat the stain where it’s hiding.

    Though you may not be able to see the spot after destroying it on the outside of the carpet, if you don’t clear it from the pad your pets may still be able to smell it (and target that spot in future).

  • For antique or silk fabrics, don’t try to take care of the problem yourself – seek out an expert who can treat them without causing further damage.

 

Destroy Urine Stains Completely with NonScents

Our newly improved Pet Odor Remover Spray is now a Stain and Odor Remover Spray. Its shockingly effective odor compound destruction powers have been expanded to take on urine stains as well. It not only takes out fresh stains but can attack older ones as well.

Spray the affected area with the spray remover. If the stain is old, you’ll want to soak the area thoroughly. Wait 5-10 minutes, then use a cloth or paper towel to soak up any remaining spray. The stain and odor (if any) should be removed completely.

Our spray is a particularly good choice for carpeting, as even if you don’t manage to get the spray all the way down into the pad, traces of NonScents technology on the surface will block odors coming up to where your pets can smell them.

Neutralize the Acid in Urine Stains with Baking Soda or Ammonia

Uric acid is one of the compounds in urine that sets the stain by forming crystals on the surface/within the fabric of stained surfaces. Baking soda is a base (the opposite of an acid) and mixed with water, then applied to the stain, it can react with the uric acid to neutralize it, getting the crystals to release their hold on the stained surface. Baking soda won’t take care of the problem on its own, but once the uric acid is neutralized, detergents and soaps should work more effectively to remove the stain.

 

To try using this method to remove urine stains, first blot the area with a mixture of baking soda, fabric detergent and water until it’s well soaked. Then rinse out the mixture with either a wet vac or a wet cloth. Dry the spot.

It’s important to clear all the detergent out of the spot, as any that dries in the fabric can actually trap dirt and other stains until it is itself washed out.

Unfortunately baking soda dissolved in solution can clog spray bottles, so keep that in mind.

Ammonia can also work in similar way, but you want to use it in a well-ventilated room and take care not to breathe it in, as it can hurt your lungs. 

Break Down Urine Stains with Enzymes

There are several sprays on the market that harness special enzymes to break down the odor and stain-causing compounds in urine. Soak the area and let it sit per the manufacturer’s instructions, then blot up any remaining liquid.

The problem with enzymatic cleaners is that they aren’t actually very powerful, and are susceptible to environmental conditions (like temperature) that can impede or even break the enzymes before they can be effective. 

Oxidize the Stain with Hydrogen Peroxide 

The oxidizing effects of hydrogen peroxide can destroy the stain. Unfortunately, hydrogen peroxide isn’t very effective at room temperature, so it’s best used on fabrics that you can run through a hot wash cycle.

There are additives that can help hydrogen peroxide work at lower temperatures (tetraacetylethylenediamine (TED for short)), but those aren’t typically available to home users separately.

Thus, rather than trying to mix up your own home hydrogen peroxide remedy, you’d be better off using a store-bought product for things you can’t put in a washing machine. A laundry detergent that uses hydrogen peroxide as its active ingredient, but already includes TED to augment its abilities, is probably the best choice. 

Destroy Urine Stains Completely with NonScents Pet Odor and Stain Remover Spray

 


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