Can Home Remedies Remove Urine Odor from Carpets, Hard Surface Floors and Furniture?
November 1, 2016
Home Remedies for Urine Odor Removal - Do They Work?
Homemade "recipes" for the removal of urine odor abound on the internet. You can spend hours looking at them all. "How to" sites and forums suggest water and vinegar, baking soda, oxy cleaners, mouthwash, toothpaste, raw potato, window cleaner, club soda, rubbing alcohol, quaternary disinfectants, citrus scents, bleach, hydrogen peroxide/baking soda/dish soap recipes. The list goes on and on.
Here are just a few:
Powders> 80% of the urine is in the pad and sub floor, totally out of reach of absorbent powder.
Odorcides, disinfectants> Kills the bacteria; leaves the urine. Food source remains: New bacteria will arrive, and the odor returns.
Vinegar> NEVER start with vinegar. Vinegar sets stains (like you set the dyes in Easter eggs.) Totally ineffective for odor. Oxy products> Zero benefit for odors; may bleach out the carpet.
Ammonia solution> Done properly, fine for urine stain; not odor. Followed by vinegar solution to neutralize.
Citrus scents> Obviously simple short term relief.
Shampoo/Wet Vac> Urine is under the carpet. Wetting the carpet and pad spreads it out; odor worsens.
Hydrogen peroxide/baking soda/dish soap "recipes"> Well known home remedy commonly used for skunk odors. One quart hydrogen peroxide/1/4 cup baking soda/one squirt dish soap.
Here's what happens:
Oxidizers like hydrogen peroxide will kill the existing bacteria. With no bacterial activity for a while there is no odor. You think everything is fine, but as soon as the H202 wears off (it has a short half life) the odor returns because the urine remains and new bacteria start feeding again. The idea is to eliminate the urine, not kill the bacteria. Once the urine is gone there can be no further bacterial activity and the odor is gone permanently.
Also, would you really feel comfortable taking advice from a non-professional, and pour an oxidizer on your expensive carpet or furniture? At least some of these sites caution you to test for color fastness in an inconspicuous area for 24 hours. You might wonder why.
The simple fact of the matter is these home recipes are ineffectual, and can also make matters worse.
You need a true professionally designed kit to get safe, permanent results. The most trusted and respected odor removal kit is the 123 Odor Free Kit, which is very reasonably priced - and guaranteed to work. What do you have to lose?