Why Dog Urine Odor Comes Back and How to Stop It
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Has your dog ever had an “accident” on the carpet, sofa, or bedding, and the smell just won’t go away?
It’s a common problem for dog owners – one that is not easily solved. Urine is one of the toughest odors to remove and, even when you think it’s finally gone, it could come back without warning.
Why Dog Urine Odor Sticks Around
Here’s what happens. You clean the spot, assuming the problem is solved. But then – days, weeks, or months later – the disgusting urine smell mysteriously returns … and this time, it’s even stronger than before.
Urine odors resurface for two reasons:
- There is a component to urine that cleaning can’t remove. No matter what you do, these deposits don’t go away.
- At certain times, “something” in your home reactivates these deposits, and the urine smell comes back. That “something” is humidity.
Humidity increases the sensitivity of odor sensors. So, the more humid your home is, the stronger the odors become.
Indoor humidity levels increase during the summer. Everyday activities like cooking, showering, and drying clothes also cause humidity. And when indoor humidity levels rise, they reactivate the latent urine deposits and odor returns.
Why Getting Rid of Urine Odor Is So Tough
Let’s talk a little more about those deposits. Urine is made up of three different parts. Many cleaning products remove the first component – the sticky liquid content. Some can even remove the second component – the stain-causing pigmentation. But nothing removes the third component – the uric acid crystals (or “urine salts”) that cause odor.
When you clean or treat the spot, it may seem like the urine is gone because the stain and odor disappear. But the urine salts are still there.
In their dry state, urine salts have no odor. But when they get damp or humid, moisture reactivates the crystals and urine odor comes back – with a vengeance.
How to Get Rid of Dog Urine Smell
I’ve heard from dog owners who wound up replacing their furniture or carpeting. That’s something we’d rather not do, especially in today’s economy. There is another solution.
Use a product that neutralizes urine odor so it can’t come back to haunt you. The best product we have tested is called Zero Odor, and it doesn’t just “mask” odors – it eliminates them.
Zero Odor works where other products fail because it attacks odor in a different way. It chemically changes the molecular structure of odor molecules. And in this new form, these molecules are no longer capable of causing odor.
I hope this helps you deal with dog urine odors and hope they don’t come back!