Baseboard heaters are a great way to warm the home in all areas. Unfortunately, those baseboard units can become targets for your cat or dog to spray. If this has happened in your home, you know the putrid smell that comes from a baseboard heater after a dog or cat has peed on it and it heats the urine. Here, you will learn how to remove the urine from the heater so that you don't have to replace the unit to eliminate the awful smell.
Let the Heater Cool
Before you can clean the unit, you have to let it cool. Although it is possible to clean a baseboard heater while it is hot, you will get burned, and it will make the cleaning process more difficult because the cleaning agents will dry prior to eliminating the enzymes in the urine that cause that awful smell.
Select a Cleaning Agent
The cleanser that you use to clean the baseboard must have the ability to kill the enzymes in the urine that cause the odors. You have three choices:
Bio-Enzymatic Cleaner – This product can be purchased at most pet supply stores and some home improvement stores. This cleaner is a wonderful solution to pet urine problems throughout the home. Not only will it take care of the problem in your baseboard heater, but it can also remove the odors and stains from carpeting, furniture, your bed, wood surfaces – pretty much anything that your dog or cat has peed on. It is very easy to use – you simply douse the peed on area with the cleaner and allow it to dry. As it dries, it absorbs and kills all of the enzymes in the urine.
White Vinegar – This is one natural cleaning agent that you probably have in your kitchen. It can be quite effective in killing the enzymes, but not as effective as the bio-enzymatic cleaner previously mentioned. To clean the baseboard heater with white vinegar, pour some into a spray bottle. Spray the area and allow it to work for a few minutes. Use a paper towel and wipe the area clean. Repeat this process a few times and then try the heater. If you still smell the burning urine, repeat the process a few more times. Eventually, the urine smell will go away, but it can take several applications before it does.
Tea-Tree Oil – Mix four drops of tea-tree oil with a cup of water in a spray bottle. This mixture can help to break down the enzymes but it can take a few applications like the vinegar does. Another issue with the tea-tree oil is that it can put off an odor of its own when the heater warms up the first few days.
If you have attempted to remove the urine smell from your baseboard heater and have failed, talk with your local electric heater professional (like Feldman Brothers Electrical Supply Co) to find out what can be done to resolve the situation.