Teaching a dog to clean up in the right place takes time, and all puppies make mistakes at one time or another. If your pet made a mess, clean everything as soon as possible to prevent the problem from recurring. If you are going to clean the floor, upholstery or carpet, know that enzymatic products are always the best option to eliminate odors. In the absence of a specific product, don't despair: know that there are also homemade alternatives that work. Come on?
Method 1 of 3: Cleaning a Floor
Step 1. Absorb the urine pool with a pile of paper towels
If possible, clean as soon as you see the accident. If you can clean everything before the floor absorbs the pee, it's better. When the leaves are soaked, discard them and get new ones.
If the puddle has dried, skip to the next step and clean up
Step 2. Collect faeces with paper towels or cardboard
If you are dealing with poop, collect it carefully, avoiding spreading the stool. Use paper, cardboard or a plastic bag for this. If there is any damp residue, wipe it off with paper.
It's always a good idea to wear disposable gloves when picking up dog poop, just in case
Take advantage of the odor:
If you're teaching the dog to do his laundry in the right place, take the poop and place it in the area where you'd like it to relieve itself. It sounds gross, but this will help him understand where to do it, as he'll want to mark the new territory with more stool.
Step 3. Clean the site with a dog waste enzyme product
After absorbing the urine and removing the feces, spray the product in the area and let it act for a few minutes. Then clean the area well with paper towels until everything is dry.
- An enzymatic product breaks down substances in feces and pee, which cause stains and leave a foul odor. Since dogs like to clean up in the same places, eliminating the tracks of the accident will reduce the chances of the problem repeating itself.
- These enzymatic products are commonly found in the pet store cleaning industry. If you have a wooden floor, look for an option that is safe for that type of surface.
Step 4. Use a vinegar solution if you don't have an enzymatic cleaner at home
In the absence of a specific product to clean pets' dirt, know that there are good homemade substitutes: mix equal parts of water and vinegar, and add lemon juice to eliminate the strong odor of vinegar. Transfer the solution to a spray bottle and spray over the area. If you prefer, apply with a sponge or paper towels.
- Let the solution act for a few minutes before drying it.
- Diluted vinegar is safe for virtually all types of flooring. When in doubt, double the amount of water and test in a hidden location, such as the area under a rug or sofa.
- In addition to covering the smell of vinegar, lemon can prevent the dog from needing to go back to that location again. If you prefer, buy a vinegar with a lemon fragrance, a product that is usually found in the cleaning products section of markets.
Step 5. Remove persistent odors with baking soda
In the absence of a specific product or vinegar, or if the place still smells bad, spray a little baking soda and let it act for two to three hours. Finally, vacuum the entire place.
- If the baking soda doesn't work the first time, repeat the procedure and let it work overnight.
- Obviously, don't let your dog get close to baking soda while he's on the move.
Method 2 of 3: Cleaning Rugs and Carpets
Step 1. Absorb urine from the fabric fibers
Tap a few sheets of paper towels lightly, without pressing too hard or rubbing the rug. When the leaves are saturated with the liquid, discard them and get new ones.
When cleaning the floor, there is not much to worry about the absorption of urine. In the case of carpets and rugs, on the other hand, it is necessary to be very careful not to rub the pee and make it penetrate deeper into the fabric
Step 2. Carefully remove the stool so as not to rub it into the fabric
Collect the poop with paper towels, a plastic bag, or two pieces of cardboard. Be very careful not to spread waste on the carpet fibers, especially if the stool is soft.
If any damp residue is left behind, tap it lightly with paper towels. As with urine, it's best not to scrub the dirt
Step 3. Moisten a dry dirt with damp paper towels
Tap the stains lightly with a moistened paper towel. Do this after removing as much solid waste as possible; when the place is damp, absorb as much of the dirt as possible with fresh leaves.
Clean the place only after leaving everything moist for a while
Step 4. Use a toothbrush and an enzymatic cleaner
Spray the area with an enzymatic cleaner, soaking the dirt thoroughly. Leave on for five to ten minutes and use a toothbrush to penetrate the carpet fibers well. Afterwards, pat the area dry with a paper towel.
- Always make upward movements, without pressing the stain, or you could end up messing up the fabric fibers more. When finished, sanitize the brush with bleach or alcohol. From now on, use it only for house cleaning.
- If you are afraid of staining the fabric, test the product first in a hidden location.
Step 5. In the absence of an enzyme product, use soap
Dilute 1 teaspoon of laundry soap or detergent in 1 cup of warm water. Apply to the dirty area using a toothbrush and leave for a few minutes. Then rub and moisten the area with paper towels. Finish drying by tapping with paper.
Prewash laundry products also work, as they contain enzymes that break down substances in urine and faeces
Step 6. Rent a carpet cleaning machine if the above methods do not work
If you cannot remove stubborn stains or smells, hire a cleaning machine. Add warm water and fill the tank with the cleaning product indicated by the manufacturer. Press the trigger as the machine passes over the trouble spots. Then repeat the process, but without pulling the trigger.
- Holding the trigger as the hose passes will inject the cleaning solution into the carpet. By repeating the process without pressing the trigger, you will aspirate the liquid. As instructions vary depending on the specific equipment you have, read the manual and follow the manufacturer's recommendation.
- Clean upholstery and the entire carpet. If you only clean the spot that was the "victim" of the dog, the rest of the carpet will look dirty.
Look for a vacuuming machine, not a steam one. The heat produced by steam equipment can end up fixing the stains.
Method 3 of 3: Washing Upholstered Furniture
Step 1. Check the furniture label
The label usually has cleaning instructions, identified by letters. "P", "F" and "A" indicate that the part should only be dry washed, each letter informing the type of procedure: perchlorethylene (P), hydrocarbon (F) and any other type of solvent (A). If the label has the letter "W", a sign that the item can be washed normally with soap and water.
- If the label has a symbol that you don't recognize, look for the sofa or armchair manufacturer to find out how to proceed with the cleaning. Precaution is your friend when it comes to avoiding damage to upholstery.
- Dry cleaning must be done by professionals. Do an online search to find the best company in your region according to the amount you are willing to pay.
Step 2. Start by removing faeces or drying urine
If the accident was on a removable pad, remove it from the rest of the furniture to prevent the pee from being absorbed by the rest. Collect the faeces and dry the urine using paper towels, being careful not to rub the dirt.
If the dirt has already dried, collect the solid waste and pat the spot with damp paper towels. Finally, dry with clean disposable towels. Obviously, do not use water if the upholstery cannot be washed. In this case, spray a cleaning agent suitable for the type of fabric, following the instructions on the label
Taking care of dirt on a mattress:
If the puppy's accident was in your bed, remove the solid waste, remove the sheets and put everything in the washing machine with soap, fabric softener and ½ cup of white vinegar. Clean the mattress as you normally would any other upholstery.
Step 3. Treat the stain with a product suitable for the type of upholstery
Use an enzymatic or solvent-based cleaner, as long as it's allowed for the upholstery you have (remember to check the label). Spray the dirty spot and let it sit for five to ten minutes. Then dry with paper towels.
If you are cleaning a mattress or other upholstery that can be cleaned with water, use 1 cup of warm water and 1 teaspoon of detergent to sanitize the area
Step 4. Neutralize odors with baking soda
After treating the stain and drying the fabric, pour a little baking soda over the accident site. Let it act for two to three hours and then clean it with a vacuum cleaner.
- Odors tend to settle well on upholstered surfaces, but baking soda is able to absorb and neutralize these strong odors.
- Baking soda is safe for most upholstery, but it's always a good idea to test it in a hidden location first to avoid staining and damage to the fabric.
- Training your puppy takes time, and accidents are inevitable. Do your best not to get frustrated with the furry one, as punishing him won't help, as he won't understand the reason for the punishment. Stay calm, clean up the mess, and reinforce positive behaviors.
- Feeding the dog at pre-set times, rather than letting him eat freely, can be a great help in training.