How to Care for Your Carpet During Puppy Potty Training
It can be difficult to keep your carpet spotless while training your puppy. Most owners will eventually have to deal with accidents. There are a few things that you should know to ensure that your carpet still looks good by the time your puppy is trained. Here are a few tips.
Whenever you notice an accident, it’s vital that you don’t procrastinate. You don’t want the urine to soak into the padding beneath the carpet, because then you’ll have a really big problem. It could even lead to a permanent stain.
You will want to put a few wet towels or paper towels over the mess. Counterintuitively, dry towels won’t work as well when it comes to soaking up the urine. It is also best to put something heavy on top of the towels like a few books. Many people make the mistake of simply wiping up urine on the carpet. This will usually make the stain bigger as well as pushing it further down into the carpet.
Urine contains uric acid, so simply cleaning up the accident with a few towels isn’t good enough. The uric acid crystals will start to smell over time. Even if you can’t actually smell the past accident, your dog will easily be able to. This will draw him back to the area to urinate again in the future most likely. The best way to keep this from happening is to use an enzymatic cleaner. Regular household cleaners won’t get the job done.
It is very important that you’re careful when using any type of cleaners on your carpet. Each one is different. Before you use a new cleaner on a prominent spot, you should test it in an inconspicuous location to ensure it won’t cause any damage.
As mentioned earlier, it’s much better to take care of accidents as soon as they happen. However, sometimes you won’t catch your puppy in the act. If you start to smell something in the future, then you’ll know that you missed something.
In these cases, it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact location of the old urine stain. You want to ensure that you treat the right spot. One solution to this problem is to get your hands on an ultraviolet light. Turn the lights off, and any problem spots should illuminate when you run the UV light over the area.
Don’t be afraid to let a new puppy into your home just to protect your carpet. If you’re vigilant and use the above tips, everything will be fine in the end.