Dried Urine Stains

Posted on 12/15/2016 by BISSELL
Categories: Cleaning Pet Messes
 BISSELL Pawsitively Clean, we know older urine stains can be difficult to remove, click here to find out how we recommend removing old urine smell and stains from carpet.
Recommended Product: Enzyme Action Urine Eliminator or Enzyme Action Plus Stain & Odor Eliminator, Oxy Stain & Odor Eliminator

 Older urine stains can be difficult to remove, often leaving carpet fibers permanently discolored or with an unpleasant lingering odor. The odor of old urine is due to the bacterial decomposition of the urea in the urine which continues as long as there is moisture.  This is why the odor can become stronger on humid days or soon after the carpet has been cleaned. To clean older stains, you should apply an enzyme-type product.
 

Want To Remove Old Urine Smell and Stains From Carpet? Here's How:

  1. Saturate the stain and surrounding area with an enzyme active cleaner.  The enzyme action will break down organic material until it is gone.
  2. Using a cloth or towel, gently work the formula into the area using light strokes from the edges of the stain to the center; when your cloth reaches the center of the stain, lightly pinch the area in an upward motion. Do not rub the stain. Next, cover the area with a damp towel.
  3. Cover the area with a damp towel so the area remains moistened for 24-48 hours.  Uncover the area and allow it to dry.
  4. Repeat the cleaning process, if necessary.
 

If the stain remains follow these additional steps:

  1. Treat the stain with an oxygen-active stain remover. The oxygen-active system will attack the color bodies which stain fibers and penetrate deep below carpet fibers, removing even old stains.
  2. Spray in circular pattern, completely covering stain and surrounding area.  Allow cleaner to work for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Using a cloth or towel, gently work the formula into the area using light strokes from the edges of the stain to the center; when your cloth reaches the center of the stain, lightly pinch the area in an upward motion to lift the stain out. Do not scrub the stain.
 

Things To Remember When Using A Pet Stain Remover

 
  • Before using any spot removal solutions or formulas test a small, hidden area for colorfastness and examine when dry. If color is affected, do not use. For upholstery, look for manufacturer's cleanability code tag. Use on fabric coded "WS" or "W". If coded "X" or "S", do not use. Not recommended for use on velvet, silk, vinyl or leather upholstery.
 
  • If you leave urine untreated, you may wind up with a difficult to remove yellow stain, or worse, loss of color pigment in carpet. Over time, urine salts become highly alkaline, and can bleach out your primary carpet dyes, starting with the weaker red and blue. So, you are left with a yellowish or off white discoloration. At this point, your only options to remove the settled stain are to dye or patch the carpet.
 
  • You should always use cleaners according to labeled product instructions.
 
  • Keep children and pets off until dry and vacuumed.
 
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