Whether you own your own home, or lease from an owner, you want to keep your living space clean, for your own sake and the sake of your animals. This is especially true when your pet has bathroom accidents.
When your pet pees on your carpet, it will be important to act quickly. If your animal can smell his scent, he will want to return to that same place again and again. This you do not want!
I learned from my local Humane Society how to best attack the problem. First, act quickly to remove as much of the fluid as possible from the area. Using newspaper and paper towels, press and press repeatedly until the towels are soaked. Get all the moisture out that you possibly can. Any urine left in the carpet will breed bacteria and cause odor.
After this, you need to rinse the area with clean water only. This helps to remove any remaining urine and rinses the carpet fibers. Now, you have to remove that water. You may want to use a wet vacuum for this purpose.
At this point, you may want to apply an enzyme cleaner to clean up any proteins left by the urine. Just a further step you can take to eliminate odor. Your local pet store most likely carries several to choose from.
Lastly, anyone with pets should regularly bring in professional carpet cleaners. When you call a company, tell them you have animals and would like them to use an odor neutralizer. If they do not have one they, then provide one for them to use. Point out areas where there have been accidents so they know to pre-rinse those areas with water. If you have stains that have set-in, ask them how they will approach cleaning them. Steam cleaning is usually not recommended for pet stains.
When I looked for a carpet cleaning company for my grandmother’s home (she has two Dachshunds) I found a company who had a Certified Odor Control Technician on their staff. A Certified Odor Control Technician knows how to remove all traces of urine and the odors it causes while preserving your carpet. He was able to clean her carpets with very hot water and enzyme cleaner, extract it thoroughly, and then apply stain remover. He also used dryers to help the drying process go faster, a bonus when living in humidity. Her home smelled so fresh and clean! And the process in no way endangered her darling doggies.
NATURE'S MIRACLE™ Dog Stain & Odor Remover is the one we found we liked the best. It’s PETA approved and widely available. The ingredients are simple and it works.