Tips for getting rid of urine odor and stains
Is your child bedwetting or are you facing a series of bed wetting incidents from older parents or grandparents? Cleaning urine and urine stains is no fun; however, removing the stains and smell as early as possible is also necessary. It is easier to remove ink stains then it is to remove the smell and stain of the urine. Enzymatic cleaners that are easily available in the market absorb the urine smell and also work on removing the stain. It is also possible to hire a dry cleaning company to do the job, but they are expensive.
Below is some information about urine stains and tips for getting rid of its stains as well as smell.
Why does urine stain?
- Urine is a protein.
- If left untreated, urine leaves behind a distinct odor and tends to discolorization.
- Fresh protein stains like those caused by urine can be removed by soaking, agitating, or rubbing with cold water before washing.
- If the stain has dried up, soaking the fabric in a solution of cool water with oxygen-based bleach can be helpful.
How to get rid of urine stain and odor?
Urine smell is caused by natural bacteria and uric acid crystals. The uric acid crystals get trapped in damp surfaces like clothes, carpets, and other fabrics leading to the release of ammonia as bacteria start feeding off it. Therefore, it is not only important to remove the stain but also important to get rid of the urine odor. Here are a few points to help you remove urine odor from clothes, floors, toilets, and upholstery:
- You can purchase urine stain and odor remover available in the market. Keep it handy, in case there are frequent incidents of untimely and unexpected urination.
- If you want to avoid store-bought solutions for urine stain and odor removal, you can opt for a DIY solution as well.
- One DIY solution is using a mixture of baking soda, dishwashing detergent, and hydrogen peroxide and putting it in a spray bottle. Whenever there is a incident of urination, spray this mixture on the spot and scrub it with a sponge or a brush. This will help in not only getting rid of the stain but also of the urine odor.
- Additionally, in order to get rid of urine stain use old towels to soak the urine till its dry as soon as possible.
- Cleanse the area with a clean cloth soaked in cool water.
- If the urine stain is on a carpet, getting rid of the odor and stain may be a little more tedious. Use an enzymatic eliminator to break down the odor compounds. Enzymes are also perfect for removing stains. They work toward breaking down the structure of the stain.
- A kitchen ingredient you can use is vinegar. Spray the stained area with vinegar and scrub it with a brush. Leave it alone for some time, and then steam clean it. Opt for vinegar only after you have tried other methods mentioned above because vinegar works well on getting rid of the odor but doesn’t work much upon stain removal.
- Apart from vinegar, you can also try using a mixture of cornstarch and baking soda to get rid of urine odor. Pour this mixture over the affected and allow it to soak for 24 hours before scrubbing it with a brush. If the stain is too deep and difficult to remove, let it soak overnight till it dries, and then vacuum over it.
How to get rid of urine stains from clothes?
- Fill a container with two parts hot/cold water.
- The durability of the fabric decides this and add one part of vinegar.
- Place the stained cloth into the solution.
- Soak it for 45 minutes.
- Remove and rinse it thoroughly.
- Wash it as usual.
- Never wash urine stained clothes with others in a washing machine.
How to remove urine stains from upholstery?
- Blot the urine using a cloth.
- Mix one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid in two cups of cold water.
- Dip a cloth into this solution.
- Use a dry cloth and gently blot the affected area until dry.
- You can also use rubbing alcohol on the stain and dab it with a dry cloth.