Baseboard heaters can be an awesome source of heat for your home, but when you have pets, things can get a little complicated and stinky. Cats tend to spray things and dogs lift their legs on things, and all too often, those things that they pee on are the most difficult to clean. When your pet pees on the baseboard heaters, your home will become a smelly place to be each time you try to use that heater. Here's how to eliminate the stink from the baseboard heaters your pets mark:
Shut Off the Heat
If you've had to use the heater even with that stink coming from it, now's the time to turn it off. It must be cool before you can clean it or it will cause the cleaner to dry before it has worked its magic.
Choose Your Cleaning Agent
Bio-Enzymatic Cleaner – Every pet owner should have a jug or two of this cleaner in their home at all times. This type of cleaner is specially formulated to break down the enzymes in the urine that actually cause the odors. It can be used on nearly every material in your home – carpeting, wood, metal, whatever your pet marks can be cleaned.
This solution is easy to use – simply spray the affected area and allow it to dry. As it dries, it will kill the odor-causing enzymes eliminating the putrid smell.
Tea-Tree Oil – You just need about three drops of tea-tree oil mixed with a cup of water to create an effective cleaner. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray the pee with the solution. Let it sit for several minutes and return with a clean cloth to wipe off the residue. You may smell the cleaning solution for a few days as you use the heater, but eventually, it will fade and so will the urine smell.
White Vinegar – White vinegar is an alternative to the bio-enzymatic cleaner. It won't smell as nice as the cleaner, but it will be nearly as effective after several applications. Simply spray the white vinegar on the area and allow it to dry. Repeat, but wipe the surface after the fourth or fifth application.
If you cannot get the stink out of your baseboard heaters, you may need some assistance from your local residential heating professional. He or she may need to disassemble the unit to get to the cause of the odors and eliminate it once and for all.