If you have a dog then you will undoubtedly be faced with cleaning up an accident left by your pet at some point. Dogs are not perfect any more than humans are. Whether you have a puppy who isn’t fully housetrained yet, or you can’t get home in time to let your dog out to potty, chances are that you will need to clean up some urine. If you have carpets then this task gets harder because the odor is harder to remove. Here’s what you need to know about how to remove dog urine from carpet.
Steps for Removing Dog Urine from Carpets
- Find the urine. This isn’t always as easy as it sounds. You might smell a urine odor but, depending on the color of your carpet, it’s not always easy to find the exact spot where a dog has peed. You need to find the urine so you can remove it even if your dog has urinated in some hidden spot. If the spot is already dried, you can use a black light to show the stain.
- Once you have found the spot you should use a towel or paper towels to blot it and remove as much of the urine as possible. Stand on the towel or paper towels to help them soak up the urine. Continue blotting with clean towels until the area is as dry as possible and you have removed as much of the urine as you can.
- Mix a solution that is half white vinegar and half water and pour it on the spot. Use as much of this solution as necessary to reach down into the carpet fibers. Use a scrub brush to work the solution into the carpet well.
- Blot the spot again with paper towels to soak up the vinegar and water solution. If you have a wet vac, you can use it to remove the liquid.
- When the spot is drying you can sprinkle baking soda over it to help neutralize the odor. You can use a couple of handfuls of baking soda for this purpose.
- While the baking soda is drying you can mix a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent such as Ivory or Dawn and half a cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide together. Pour the mixture over the baking soda and use a scrub brush to work it into the carpet. Allow the area to dry thoroughly and then vacuum it up.
If you follow these steps you should be able to remove nearly all dog urine stains on your carpets. Be sure to use plenty of each mixture described and thoroughly blot and soak up the liquids.
There are some good stain and odor removal products you can buy from pet stores or online. Nature’s Miracle makes several good stain and odor removal products including spot removers, urine removers, and carpet shampoos. The Bissell vacuum company makes a number of good vacuum cleaner, carpet cleaners, and wet vac machines, along with stain and odor products to use with them, for cleaning up after pets.
Cleaning up pet accidents is one of the less enjoyable parts of owning a dog but you can keep your carpet looking and smelling nice if you follow the suggestions offered here.