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Posted on 06-01-2012

At Eagle Animal Hospital many of our clients compliment us regarding the cleanliness of our facility. They remark especially about how nice it smells. We love hearing the feedback as we work hard to maintain an environment that is both welcoming and hygienic for our clients and our patients.

At animal hospitals "accidents" are expected and we take them in stride. Often pets are so happy to see us they just can't contain it! We love that they love us! We are always prepared with hospital grade products to clean, deodorize, and protect our environment from any spread of germs or pathogens.

Sometimes our clients turn to us for housekeeping tips. The number one question that our clients pose is, "How do I get urine out of my carpet?" Urine odors can be particularly offensive. If your pet does not drink a sufficient amount of water and their urine becomes concentrated, the smell can be worse! Male cats that are not neutered also produce urine odors that are quite pronounced.

The following are helpful hints I picked up from our office carpet and floor cleaning contractor.

  • Begin by blotting up as much urine as possible (do not scrub the area).
  • When you have blotted up as much as possible, blot the area again using a towel soaked in warm water, being careful not to get the area too wet as this may force the urine deeper.
  • Blot the area again with a dry towel.
  • Apply a low-residue carpet spot remover. (Make sure to use a cleaning product formulated for carpeting as many cleaning products contain detergents or other elements that may actually "set" a stain or cause color loss.)
  • Let sit for one minute and blot the spot again.
  • Fold a dry towel into several layers and place over the spot. Find an item to apply at least 10lbs of weight to the area. Let it sit over night.
  • Remove the towel, fluff the carpet and allow it to dry.

If you see the spot return after a few days, repeat the last two steps. After the carpet dries, get down close to it and smell to see if there is any residual odor. If the odor is mild, try a store bought deodorizer. If the odor is still strong you may need to shampoo your carpet or hire a professional carpet cleaning company. The professionals recommend thorough cleaning once a year to maintain and extend your carpet's life.

At Eagle Animal Hospital we are always happy to help in any way we can. We enjoy your pets and the friendly relationships we have with our clients. If you have a question give us a call at (610) 458-8789. We are here for you.

Eagle Animal Hospital serves Chester Springs, Downingtown, Exton, Glenmoore and surrounding areas.

Written by Donna Lewis, Office Manager

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