How to Remove 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
Old or dried 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.  Which means that the odor can get stronger on humid days or soon after the carpet has been cleaned.

The Best Formula to Remove Urine Stains

Need to learn how to remove urine stains? The best way is with an enzyme-action formula like our Pet Stain & Odor Eliminator. Why an enzyme-action formula? The enzymes found in these types cleaners is similar to healthy probiotics found in some types of yogurt that “eat” the microscopic particles making up the stain. Once the spray is released from the bottle, the enzymes are activated and begin working. If kept moist, they will continue to multiply and remove the material until it’s gone. That’s why keeping a damp towel on the stain and giving it plenty of time to work will ensure that the stain is thoroughly removed.

How to Remove Urine Stains from Carpet:

Saturate the Stain

Saturate the stain and surrounding area with an enzymatic formula, like Pet Stain & Odor Eliminator

Apply the Formula to the Stain

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.

Cover Stain with a Damp Towel

Cover the area with a damp towel so the area remains moistened for 24-48 hours. The enzyme action will break down organic material until it is gone. Uncover the area and allow it to dry.

Vacuum Stain Area

Vacuum the entire area after it is dry.

How to Take Care of Stubborn Stains

If the stubborn stain remains after spot cleaning, rent Pawsitively Clean by BISSELL carpet deep cleaner. That is the best way for how to clean carpet stains. Not sure how to use a BISSELL carpet cleaner? Here’s  are the steps:
  • Find your closest pet specialty store using our location finder and go rent the Pawsitively Clean by BISSELL carpet cleaner.
  • Vacuum the area before carpet deep cleaning.
  • Prepare the machine before plugging it in and turning it on by filling the clean water tank with hot tap water and two capfuls of our Deep Clean & Freshen with Febreze® machine formula. Put both tanks back on the machine.
  • Turn on machine and press down the trigger. Slowly make one forward and one backward pass across the carpet. Let go of the trigger and do another forward and backward pass to suction up the dirty water. Continue these passes until the area you want cleaned is covered.
  • Clean the carpet deep cleaner by rinsing the tanks, removing pet hair from the wheels and brush roll, and wiping down the bottom of the machine.
  • Return the Pawsitively Clean by BISSELL carpet cleaner to the rental location. 

Tips Before 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. Our water-based cleaners are safe to 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 colors. You could be 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.
  • Always use cleaners according to labeled product instructions.
  • Keep children and pets off the carpet until it is dry and vacuumed.

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