Cleaning Dog Urine Stains from Carpet

Accidents resulting in dog pee stains can happen whether you have a new puppy, a senior dog or anywhere in between. This is a guide about cleaning dog urine stains from carpet.

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Here is a recipe to use on dog urine stains on carpet or upholstery.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. sodium lauryl sulfate
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. lavender essential oil
  • 1/8 tsp. ginger essential oil

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and fill shampoo bottle half full. Shake the bottle before using. Do not wet too much, you only need a thin layer of suds.

By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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I have a brand new carpet that my dog has peed on. I tried treating the stain with white vinegar, but unusually used it neat. The stain is now bright orange. Any ideas?

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    Try mixing baking soda & water into a paste - spread on the stain - either rub it in & remove with a damp cloth a few minutes later or let it dry then vacumm. Try the wet idea first.

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    I have two puppies. Every now and then I catch them peeing on the carpet! I try to clean it up as soon as I see it, but there are times when I don't catch them. The bedroom is really bad because they go at night when I am sleeping and cannot let them out!

    It's making my apartment smell really bad! I don't even like to have company over because of the smell! Its horrible. I've tried everything! It just won't come out. The last product I used just made my carpet all stiff and hard, so now I'm trying to figure out how to fix that! Can someone please help me?

    By ILoveMyPuppies

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    We had old pet urine stains in one our guest bedroom. After trying everything under the sun, we found that using Tide HE with Fabrize got those pet stains out. I spot cleaned the areas first then with the carpet cleaner did the complete room with the Tide. It got the spots out and made the room smell good.

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    The stain is set in. I have tried vinegar and water.

    By Sandy

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    My friend's husband is a professional carpet cleaner and I actually just asked him about this last week. He strongly recommends a product by BioKleen called Bac Out for pet and kid stains. It's natural, safe around children and pets (even birds), and doesn't leave a residue behind. You can find it at most stores that have a health foods section or you can get it through Amazon. He also recommended Nature's Miracle specifically for pet stains.

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    My little dog decided to pee in a corner of the room on my beige rug that I didn't catch so the stain set. It's yellow and its smells. I tried store bought cleaners like resolve and others but the stain is still there and it still smells. Can anyone out there suggest anything to get this stain out and help the smell in the rug? Any help will be greatly appreciated!

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    Try Fresh & Clean. They sell it at a pet store. It is amazing. It has peroxide in it. I use it when I volunteer at an animal shelter. Natures Miracle requires to much and very expensive.

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    Does anyone have proven suggestion for removing dog urine from carpets? The stuff from pet store doesn't work and neither does Oxiclean. My old female dog (16 yrs.), because I left her home alone too long, and she had an accident(s).

    I have tried everything. Hopefully you have had success and will pass it on. Thanks.

    By Ginny R.

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    Hatty is right-the lingering odor is likely coming from the soaked underlay of the carpet.

    Since you posted your question a few days ago the padding has probably begun to dry but the smell isn't going away. MottmillerCremean is right about the vinegar, but because the accident is a few days old. You're going to have to do some remedial work. You're going to need:

    *rubber or disposable gloves

    *a big trash bin liner

    *a big bottle of vinegar

    *and a big stack of old newspaper-avoid using the glossy sections (won't soak up anything) and any colour pages (the ink will run and stain your carpet). Paper towels would be too expensive, you'd need several rolls to do this job properly.

    Soak the accident area with full strength vinegar. Yes, it will smell strongly but it will dissipate and take the odor with it. Don't be afraid to use the whole bottle if the area is that big-make sure you soak the entire area including a few inches out beyond the accident in all directions.

    Next lay several (at least ten, that's what seemed to be the magic number for me) layers of newspaper over the entire spot and go a few inches beyond the wet area, then step on the newspaper until it's saturated.

    Pick those wet papers up and put them into the bin liner bag, then put another set of newspapers down, and repeat the stepping on process. Do this until the newspapers aren't absorbing anymore wet.

    When the newspapers have absorbed as much wet as possible to get up, lay a new set over the area, but don't step on them; just leave them for a few days while the spot dries. Make sure no-one else steps on the newspaper, put a piece of furniture over it to create a barrier.

    If you can open the windows in the room it may speed drying if your weather permits. If not, consider placing a fan aimed above the spot (not at it or you'll have newspaper all over) to help move the air and dry the spot faster.

    I learned this while caring for a beloved elderly pet (neutered male Boxer) in his last years. I had to go to work, couldn't afford doggy day-care and had to come up with ways to cope. I finally started laying newspaper under and over disposable drop cloths and he would use that if I couldn't get home at lunch.

    Bless you for caring for your elderly pet. I know from experience that's not an easy job, and a lot of people would not go that far.

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    I am curious to how to remove dog urine from carpets and hardwood floors. I have tried several things already like a steam cleaner, Lysol, dish soap, bleach, and even vinegar and none of that has worked. Can you please give me some kind of answer to what I can use?

    By angel from Philadelphia, PA

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    Tea tree oil is toxic for dogs,bad idea...do not use this anywhere near dogs,not sure about cats,but I would not take that risk with a special friend...

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    I have a dog that has marked his territory on the bedpost in my spare bedroom. The carpet is an off white and I will lose my deposit if I can't get this out. It is dried and terrible. Please help!

    By Lucy from Daniel Boone National Forest

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    I think I have something that will help. I have yet to find a stain it will not remove and it must also remove any odor because everyone tells me that they cannot tell I have four cats in my house. And it is very cheap to make. Buy a large bottle of peroxide. A quart is about a dollar. Also buy a quart of ammonia.........not sudsy, just plain. If you don't have a spray bottle, you will also need to get one of those. Then simply mix a cup of peroxide to two table spoons ammonia. Spray the area until it is fairly wet. Let it sit a few minutes. Some stains will simply disappear before your eyes. Have a roll of paper towels and blot, blot, blot. If you have a terrible stain, you can fold several paper towels together or use an old white towel and weight it down with something and leave it overnight. I have yet to find a stain it won't take out. I keep it mixed up all the time and love it. Also, it has never taken the color out of any carpet or upholestry that I have ever used it on.

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    How do I get puppy pee off my cream carpets? I want to do this without a carpet cleaner.

    By Claire from Scotland

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    There is an excellent product call Carpet Details Spotter. It is a great! I have two little dogs and my carpet still looks great. Carpet Details Spotter removes stains, does not leave any residue on the carpet. It is excellent for stains on clothing too. You can get it at www.poundsfloors.com.

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    I have a dog about 8 months old, he seems to have picked up a habit of peeing in the hallway. It doesn't matter what I do or use in there he always goes back to the same places. Arm and Hammer used to make a powder that you put on wet or dry places and it actually absorbed the liquid and when it dried you would vacuum and all was gone. Does anyone make a similar product?

    By Loretta B.

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    I use SPOT-SHOT aerosol. I have totally white carpet throughout my home and have used this for several years. Follow simple directions on the can & it will remove it all !! No odor, no stain & no return to the same spot by your pet. You can get it at WalMart cheaper than anywhere else I have found. I have even used it to get spots off clothes when nothing else would work. Before I lost my dog, she was having bladder & kidney problems which had traces of blood in the urine..it even removed all of that!

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    My male pit bull marks his space all around the house. I have a dark colored carpet and where my dog pees it is like a light brown almost green. I have cleaned the spots over 100 times with all kinds of carpet cleaner and it does not take out the smell or stains. I have not tried a Rug Doctor because I am kind of scared that it will bleach it. My question is how do I get out these nasty stains out with out ruining the carpet?

    By Kim

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    The reason the area has turned to light brown almost green is because the dogs urine has already caused it to bleach out. Permanent damage has already been done, the discoloration is not going to go away. Your only solution would be to dye the lightened areas to try to match the rest of the carpet.. I'd done so using tea or coffee as my source of dye because you can vary the shade by adding water. I start with what I think looks close and can then darken as needed. Sorry I don't have better news for you. Good luck.

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    When applying the 50/50 Downy and water after the fact, how does one clean the mixture up off the floor?

    By Rachel M

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    I don't know about using Downy, probably can't do any harm, but first apply white vinegar, full strength and let dry. Urine forms ammonia, vinegar neutralizes it so it is neither alkaline nor acid. The vinegar smell will go away.

    If your dog is not trained and you figure there are more incidents in the immediate future, you might get pet enzymes or a box of enzyme powder to add to septic tank and make small solutions as needed and pour/spray on rug. Test in small spot to see if discolors carpet; it probably won't.

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    I looked at my carpet with a black light and was shocked at all the spots left by my new puppy. Does that go away if you have your carpet cleaned with the right stuff or will I aways see it with a black light?

    By Dolly T

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    I have only been able to make the black-light visible spots fade. Nothing I've done makes them disappear.

    I wish I knew what they were (what compound).

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    I have a Chihuahua that gave birth two weeks ago. She has made several "boo boos" of urine on our off white carpet. I just can't seem to get the yellow/orange stain out completely. Please help.

    By Carole C from Salt Lake City, UT

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    Use a 50-50 solution of warm water and hydrogen peroxide. Sprinkle table salt on the stain, spray it with the solution and wait a couple of minutes then scrub. Make sure to test this in an inconspicuous area first.

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    I need suggestions for cleaning dog urine out of my carpet.

    By Barbara from St George, UT

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    Just fyi to people looking for a solution. Don't use the peroxide, baking soda and Dawn mixture that dorinmoz submitted. It doesn't work at all.

    Just use Natures Miracle. It actually does work.

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    What can I use to remove a dog urine stain and smell from a persian carpet?

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    this link has some suggestion but not sure about the persian rug

    http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf250655.tip.html

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    With a older dog in the house we are having some potty problems on the carpet. Any help with the stain and smell?

    By Deb from Bay Area, CA

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    Removing Dog Urine Stains and Odor from Carpet

    I have had great luck with the Little Green carpet cleaner. It cost around $60, but it is ready all the time and works well. After stepping on the spot with paper towels I go over it with the Little Green. I use a pet stain and odor detergent in the machine. I empty the dirty water with each use. I believe it is a Bissel product. So it may not be the cheapest solution, but a good one. (11/03/2010)

    By Lizzyanny

    Removing Dog Urine Stains and Odor from Carpet

    I use paper towels first to get as much wet out as possible. Then I pour a little hydrogen peroxide on the spot and use a brush to work it in. Then I use more paper towels to sop up the wet. This has also worked on older spots that have already dried. (11/03/2010)

    By jagegr

    Removing Dog Urine Stains and Odor from Carpet

    Try mixing approximately 3-4 tblsp. of oil of oregano into a basic sized pail of very hot water and soap. Sunlight liquid dish soap worked well for me. Scrub the spot or stain in an inward circling motion. Make sure you have at least 4 liters of hot water to mix the oil and soap in. It worked for me, so good luck to you. Regards.

    Lori (02/03/2011)

    By founditfree

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    How can I get dog urine stains and smell out of carpet?

    By Suzanne from Atlanta, GA

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    Removing Dog Urine Stains and Odor from Carpet

    The best way to remove urine stains and odor from carpet is to mix white vinegar with water (about half and half) and spray it directly on the stains until it is saturated and then shampoo the area that has been saturated. It will smell like vinegar, but this prevents the dog from wanting to use the same spot as a toilet. Then any time the dog has an accident in the house, immediately spray it with vinegar even if you cannot shampoo it that day. vinegar is a natural disinfectant and kills germs on contact. It breaks down the enzymes in urine. Its really cheap and you can get it at the grocery store by the gallon. It can be used to clean just about everything in your house and its a great glass cleaner. The smell only lasts for about an hour or so. (07/10/2010)

    By Holliedyan_24

    Removing Dog Urine Stains and Odor from Carpet

    The smell has probably soaked down through the carpet, the padding, and then into the wood underneath.
    I didn't realize it did that until we pulled the carpet out of the living room, to replace with vinyl flooring. There were so many stains on the wood.
    We went over them lightly with a sander, then wet them down with animal odor remover from the vet's office.
    We had to wait a week for them to dry, but have not had revisits of the smell. (07/10/2010)

    By fatboyslimsmom

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