Whoever said that a dog is man’s best friend, must not have had carpeted floors. Dealing with pet stains
and lingering odors in carpeted areas of your home can be a major challenge for pet owners. Whether
you’re potty training your puppy or your dog was alone too long, at some point in your dog-owning
years, you’ve most likely experienced a dog accident.
But don’t get rid of the dog; we promise it’ll get better.
Just take a step back, and read on to find out how to get dog urine out of the carpet:
Tips for Removing Dog Urine from Carpet
1. Paper and Soap
If you caught your dog in the act of peeing, congratulations. Cleaning up urine is best done when the pee
is fresh. So, grab a paper towel and your clear dish soap, and act fast. Just squeeze a few drops of soap
and water onto the urine spot and blot the spot. Don’t rub back and forth, as it forces the dog urine
further into the carpet fibers. Blotting is the best thing you can do. If you don’t want to use your hands,
a great way to clean it is to place the paper towel on the area and step on it again and again until you
believe the dog urine is gone.
2. Baking Soda and Vinegar
If you’re not as lucky and didn’t find the pee until later when it had dried, there’s still hope. Here are
two ways to use these substances:
Pour baking soda on the spot, and allow it to stay there overnight. In the morning, put some white
vinegar over the soda (best science experiment, right?), and let it sit for five to ten more minutes. Then,
dab it out with a cloth.
If you have a young dog that often leaves its urine on the carpet, a practical way of cleaning is to mix up
a nifty concoction in a spray bottle. Mix 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, and two big tablespoons of baking
soda in the spray bottle and shake well. You can spray this directly on the spot, allow it to rest for five to
six minutes, then blot. Now you have this mixture on hand for all those dog pee moments.
3. Hydrogen Peroxide
Another excellent pet urine remover comes from that well-known, ugly brown bottle. Hydrogen
peroxide does a great job at removing dog pee. Just put some peroxide into a spray bottle, soak the
stain in a few sprays, and let it sit for about 10 or 15 minutes. To finish the job, clean it up with a rag.
Remember, don’t rub dab or blot.
If you’d rather use a product that is not homemade, try a store bought spray. There are fantastic odor
and urine removers on the market today that use enzymes to clean. Some options include Poof! this is
our bio based blend is effective in eliminating trouble spots where other cleaners fall short and it is 99%
biodegradable. Also, another great option is BioKleen’s Bac-Out’s bio-enzymatic cleaner, it removes the
toughest stains and odors. From pet mishaps to wine spills, Bac-Out works wonders on fabrics, laundry,
carpets, furniture and more. It safely eliminates stains, odors and urine from your furry friend's favorite
areas. It contains live enzyme cultures that break down stains and odors into tiny particles. This type of
enzymatic cleaning allows for continued elimination of the stain and odor. It can be purchased from
whole foods, amazon and BioKleen’s website.
It’s science in action: the enzymes in the pet spray products are proteins that connect to the urine
molecules and bacteria within it. After joining with them, the enzymes cause the urine to break down
and dissolve. What’s incredible about these sprays is that you don’t have to do any mixing or dabbing.
Simply spray it on the spot, and let it do its magic. Depending on the product, it could take 24 hours up
to a few weeks to get rid of the stain. Just make sure that you read the label before purchasing,
especially if you want the spot removed immediately.
Now, we’ve discussed how to get dog urine out of carpet. But perhaps you’ve blotted those spots just
like we said, and you still have the dog urine smell in your living room. Never fear; we have more help
How to Get Dog Urine Smell Out of Carpet
Stubborn smells are common with older urine spots that you never knew you had until you started
moving furniture or rugs around. To get the best results, you should always enlist the help of a
professional carpet cleaner when dealing with pet stains like urine, vomit or feces. At-home carpet
cleaners often lack the strength required to adequately sanitize affected areas. In fact, DIY carpet
cleaning solutions can actually make stains and odors worse. This means the stain removal process
becomes even more difficult to manage.
The acidity of pet urine creates the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. As your carpet becomes
infected with more and more bacteria, an unpleasant odor may begin to form. When this happens, the
urine in your carpet begins to oxidize and change the color of your carpet fibers. The best way to
prevent bacteria from growing is to have your carpet professionally cleaned as soon as you notice the
Sometimes pet urine may dry before you notice it. In these cases, you may not even realize that the
carpet has been soiled until the room becomes humid and begins to smell. At this point, even if you clean your carpet immediately using an over-the-counter cleaning solution, the odor may still linger.
Residual salts left behind by pet urine may be activated any time they come into contact with moisture.
This means that any time the room gets humid or the carpet gets wet, the unpleasant urine odor may
return. When left untreated, pet urine may seep into the padding or sub-flooring of your carpet. If this happens,
the only way to completely rid the area of pet odor may be to replace the carpet entirely.
Timing is Everything
When dealing with any type of organic pet stain, time is of the essence. The proteins that are naturally
present in pet urine are drawn to the fibers of your carpet. Once they bind themselves to your carpet,
you are left with a persistent odor and discolored carpet. The longer the pet stain stays on the carpet,
the more bonded it will become. If left long enough, the carpet may become permanently discolored.
This is why it is imperative that you call a professional carpet cleaning company as soon as you notice a
pet stain on your carpet.
Professional carpet cleaning companies have special products and equipment that are uniquely
designed to pull urine, vomit and other pet waste from your carpet. Unlike regular home carpet cleaners
that can push pet urine even deeper into the carpet, professional-grade tools penetrate deeper and
remove up to 99.9% of germs and bacteria. Their specially formulated carpet cleaning solutions can help
break down pet urine and remove stains and odors from the room.
Get Professional Help
Cleaning the carpet on your own is tricky. Sometimes you can’t see the spots where the odor is coming
from, and occasionally, the scent is embedded so deep within the carpet fibers that you can’t eradicate
it your own. Even if you were to rent or buy a carpet cleaner, there are some tough stains even high
powered gadgets can’t erase. If you have stains or urine smells that won’t budge, hiring a cleaning
company like Spotless is a smart way to go.
We hope that you read these helpful carpet cleaning tips before the notion crossed your mind to get rid
of your dog. You really don’t have to do that. Keep your dog. Dogs make life so enjoyable. What you
should do is get out that vinegar and water, baking soda, and some hydrogen peroxide, and put in a little
elbow grease. It doesn’t take rocket science; just a bit of time, mixing, and blotting.
If you don’t have the time to do it yourself, and you want to be sure that your carpets are deeply and
thoroughly cleaned, call us today. We’d love to share our passion for cleaning with you. Our Goal is to
gain your trust with our superior service and consistent results, time after time. Give us a call!