By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
I need suggestions for cleaning dog urine out of my carpet.
By Barbara from St George, UT
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.
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?
DO NOT USE VINEGAR! NOOOOOO - This is a MAJOR no no for pet owners.
Deep pet stains can easily be removed from carpet using Genesis 950. It is a surfactant based cleaner which works by breaking the bonds of stains and lifting them from the surface. In doing so, it not only removes the physical stain, but also the odor as well.
It is very important that the odor be completely removed because animals urinate instinctively where they smell urine. If you are using a cleaner that only masks odor, or a cleaner that does not get deep into the carpet, then you may run into problems with your animal repeating the behavior in that spot. Genesis 950 completely deodorizes and kills those odors. You will want to be sure not to clean with ammonia or vinegar (or any cleaner containing these) as those items contain some of the same chemical compounds found in urine. If your pet smells ammonia or vinegar, they may mistake it for the odors found in their urine and continue to go in that spot.
You also want to be sure you are killing any germs and bacteria found in the carpet from the urine. Stay away from enzymatic cleaners as these are bacteria based in themselves. When used, the living organisms in the enzymatic cleaners are released to feed on the stain. However they often do not have the energy to reach the core of the stain or to get into the padding. Also, being living organisms themselves, the will die out. When this happens, you then have to deal with the odor of their decomposition in your carpet. Gross.
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!
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.
How do I get puppy pee off my cream carpets? I want to do this without a carpet cleaner.
By Claire from Scotland
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
For new accidents use cornstarch. Leave it on for a few minutes and it will soak up the moisture. Then scrub with club soda and vinegar. The best way us to treat it right after it happens. The longer it sits the harder it is to get rid of. As for heavily soiled carpet , you may have to bite the bullet and get a professional out there to clean your carpets. For wood, use an orange oil or lemon oil based cleaner. Elbow grease, scrub the floors by hand, then rinse with vinegar and tea tree oil (you can find it in the ethnic hair section @ the drugstore- it acts as an antiseptic/ disinfectant plus has a nice strong mint smell). Good luck!
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?
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.
When applying the 50/50 Downy and water after the fact, how does one clean the mixture up off the floor?
By Rachel M
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.
|I kept smelling this faint urine odor and could not find where it was. When I was moving furniture to bring my Christmas tree in, I found a big dried spot of dog urine. I immediately got the carpet cleaner out and went to town with baking soda and carpet cleaning detergent. Now the smell of urine overpowers my front room! How do I remove the odor, there is really no stain after I shampooed the area but PEEE EWE!
|RE: Old Dried Dog Urine||12/12/2004|
|Our first home had no urine stains, but on a humid day--wow! What we discovered is that the previous owners had 2 big dogs in the house who urinated on the floor and it soaked thru the carpet padding and into the subfloor. We ended up having to seal the subfloor with Thompson's Water Seal, and we replaced the carpet and padding since we didn't like shag carpet! I would think once you seal the floor, you could again use cleaner on the carpet so it also soaks thru to the padding, thus deodorizing everything. QVC also makes a product for getting rid of urine smells in carpet. I don't remember the name of it but you could do a search for it on their website. My girlfriend used it and said it works. You would still have to seal the subfloor, though, I would think. Hope this helps!|
|RE: Old Dried Dog Urine||12/12/2004|
|First test to see if this will bleach carpet. Take white vinegar and dilute with water- say maybe 3 - 4 cups water to 1 cup vinegar. Re-shampoo the carpet with vinegar and water|
|RE: Old Dried Dog Urine||12/13/2004|
|I'm not sure if this would work, but I know they use Chlorophyl drops in catheter bags to eliminate the urine odor there. Maybe there's a way you can use that on your stain. Let us know if it works! You can buy liquid chlorophyl at any health food store.|
|RE: Old Dried Dog Urine||12/13/2004|
|I have owned large dogs all my adult life and when they are puppies or as they become VERY old, they have accidents. I have had my carpet in my house for over 20 years, with many pee-pee spots in it. My friends, who own and operate, carpet cleaning companies have given the tricks over the years.
What you are smelling is the sugar crystals that urine dries into. The best way to break up the crystals is to use Vinegar, full strength. Just pour about 1/4 to 1/2 gallon of the vinegar onto the spot, let is set for 1-2 days. If there is any fluid residue, soak it up with a clean towel. Then clean you carpet with your regular cleaning solution. I know it seems like a lot of fluid to pour onto the spot, but you have to understand that the urine has gotten into the padding and spread underneath. Really, 1/2 gallon of straight Vinegar will do the trick. When it dries, you will not smell the vinegar at all. Works with cat urine, too.
|By Dee K. (Guest Post)|
|RE: Old Dried Dog Urine||12/13/2004|
|Vinegar and water! It gets the stain out and smell too. Old stains take a few more applications but well worth the effort.|
|By Jennifer,CA (Guest Post)|
|Cleaning Up Pet Urine||06/06/2005|
|Use Listerine to remove pet urine. Put 3-4 cups of Listerine in a bucket of hot water. After cleaning, no Listerine smell will remain.|
|By Terri H.|
|RE: Old Dried Dog Urine||06/06/2005|
|Woolite makes a carpet & upholstery cleaner called Pet Stain & Order Remover. It definitely works. I have 5 cats. LOL My tom cat got jealous when I brought my female home and we had problems with him spraying. This stuff was a God Sent. It is also suppose to discourage them from resoiling that spot. You can buy it at Wal-Mart and probably any grocery store in the cleaning section. Scrubbing Blbbles bathroom cleaner is also good for removing stains, but you should do a color test first.|
|RE: Old Dried Dog Urine||06/14/2005|
|For the stains, old or new, also odor, try this recipe. It really works. Just mix it in a spray bottle & apply. Only mix what you will use at one time, it isn't able to be kept, will leak out of the bottle causing a mess. 16 oz. hydrogen peroxide (brown bottle, first aid aisle) + 1/8 cup baking soda (orange box, baking aisle) + few drops liquid hand dish washing soap. Stubborn spots might need more than one application. Always test for colorfastness first. Never had a problem w/ it.|
|RE: Old Dried Dog Urine||08/03/2005|
|Vingegar works. Thanks so much|
|RE: Old Dried Dog Urine||09/09/2005|
|I have what may be "THE ANSWER" for you. You can buy this stuff called "Nature's Miracle" at most pet stores. I read on the internet that dog urine has pheramones in it that are sticky and that the dog can smell it even after you have cleaned it up!! Nature's Miracles has enzymes in it that actually break down the pheramones and get rid of them permanently!! I have used it (Springer Spaniel puppy) and LOVE it! It works great!! I don't know how well it will work on old dried on urine but it's definately worth a try. TIP: be sure to saturate both top and bottom of rug and pad, soak up all you can with paper towel, air dry and repeat.|
|By Pam (Guest Post)|
I have old pet urine stain on my carpet. I would like any solution as to how I can get them out. They are from dogs. Thank you for any help you can provide.
Lisa5 from Billings, MT
I have six years experience as a certified carpet tech. and have worked for a professional supply house for six years. Give it a try, you won't regret it. (06/14/2006)
Also, if you catch an animal or child peeing on something spray it down instantly with amonia (windex has amonia). It will KEEP it from smelling. (06/19/2006)
I have a large recurring urine stain from our Alaskan Malamute puppy that she keeps going back to. I have used vinegar, Spot Shot, commercial products, steam cleaner products and the stain reappears after a day. Do you have any suggestions?
Laurie1313 from Port Huron, MIchigan
By Cindy A.
I am moving and the home has old dog urine stains (yellowish) on beige carpet. I need a remedy to clean these spots, the odor seems in control, but stains look awful. I need to save carpet for time being. Appreciate a solution!
Pamela from Mt. Morris
By Big D
I had the same problem with the odor of old dog urine on my brand new carpet. One of the two that I have used my new carpet as the bathroom and I didn't know it until it started to smell. I tried many of the things I read about here on-line and then bought several kinds, like Urine Be Gone, Spot Out, etc.
Then I went to good ole Wal-Mart and found this stuff simply called "Out", I was amazed at how well it works, it has been a week now and the smell has not returned! I went back and bought a second bottle to have on hand. I hope this helps readers like myself who are looking for answers on the terrible odor of old dog urine. (08/06/2007)
It will not come back. It's a colorless cleaner that fills the top of the carpet that would normally wick back too. You can probably get it on the internet, but I know for sure you can get it from Great Lakes Steamway where I get most of my steam cleaning supplies. Its a little pricey but its works excellently. (02/22/2008)
Seriously, I read all these things and I've tried a ton of remedies for removing the old pet stains, but nothing worked for me. So today after reading the posts I thought I had some OxiClean but it turned out I had Quick'n Brite (mind you, my father had bought this from a door to door salesman years ago). He moved 3 yrs ago and gave it to me. I just now used it and it still has it's strength obviously, it's a good product. I read the instructions on how to remove pet stains:
It worked great. I was so excited that it worked, I went back and cleaned the entire carpet with it because the stained area was now brighter then the other areas I didn't treat. This is now my miracle stain remover. (I know I should be on an infomercial.)
Below is the guilty one who was so kind to leave the spot for his mama to clean! (06/21/2008)
REMOVING DRY URINE FROM CARPET:
Method One: Enzymes- (The best method IF done 1st and properly! They do take time to work though!)
Needed: Rubber Gloves, Several Thick Cotton Towels, Distilled Water (room temp), White Vinegar, Board, Weights (~10lbs)
Disclaimer: always test on small area first. For wool, silk, or exotic carpets call a professional! (06/26/2008)
By Pee Expert
I had the same problem with cat pee on my carpet. I tried white vinegar and baking soda with some limited success (but a lot, lot of hassle). I then found a product called Urine-off and it works miracles! It totally got rid of all smells and they have specialist products to do large areas, too.
It absorbs into fibers just as deep as the cat pee does and eliminates all odours and stains and even stops my cat returning as often as it removes the pheromones (pheromone blocker). They do special products for Cat pee, one for Dog pee and one for small animals (different varieties of pee absorb differently so should be treated differently).
This company is commissioned to clean all the phone boxes to get rid of Human urine in London, UK. (02/11/2009)
I am trying to get dog urine stains off my beige carpet without spending a lot of money. Please help.
When my mom left to go home, I decided that I couldn't hurt the carpet anymore than it already was so I got out the carpet cleaner, used "hot" water and washed the carpet with my regular laundry detergent. I would dilute 1/4 cup of detergent in the hot water, pour it in the canister and fill the rest of the canister up with more hot water. The carpet looks new. Really, you would never know that it had spot after spot after spot on it. Good luck with your project. (06/29/2005)
Editor's Note: Ammonia will make it worse, try using white vinegar instead. The urine contains ammonia so you are just making it stronger. (08/17/2006)
Let's understand the basic principles of pets firstly.
Although carpets vary, some stains or odors will never be removed, for example if our household contains carpets of high durability substance, such as industrial or very hard based grooved carpets, urine stains can be removed, but odors will remain until such time the carpet is removed or substituted with tiles or wooden flooring.
My method is simple, every action requires a reaction, if carpets are of high durability (to test this, take a straw and run through the carpet up and down to see if any variations exist in the material i.e. bumps, grooves, tough compound, rigid, or resistance of any matter) and ensure that according to the above each point is noted.
To put it simply, if high durability carpets are installed into your household with pets which are destructive, the simple solution is to either replace with wooden flooring or tiles, there are no alternatives for removing stains including vinegar, pet shop anti-spot or odor removals or even carpet cleaners, wet or dry repairs. You simply need to substitute no matter how hard or costly you my find this. Durability is exactly the problem, is enables undercoats of layers to become infected with bacteria which cannot be removed.
Carpets with low durability, but treated with a chemical called Scotch Guard becomes a simple solution. Soda Water or water with increased gas levels is appropriate in such instances. Carbonated water and Buffer Salt are excellent absorbers of odors and excellent absorbers of ammonia, ammonia by the way is a disinfectant and not a preservation and/or removal chemical which removes stains. Ammonia is great for clothing as clothing material is simply stitched and extremely thin, whereas carpets are durable to some extent and can absorb ammonia which bacteria feeds off.
Ladies and gentlemen, use Carbonated water (Soda Water) on high quality carpets and substituting industrial, high durability or low quality carpets. Train your pet. Let pets become part of our life and not life which makes us part.
Try Soda Water, it's carbonated which is fantastic. For those with yellow stains and odorless carpets, please replace and react when your pet acts. Discipline is key to our success. (02/05/2008)
By Sheldon S.
I'm in dire need of help. We have a 12 week old Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy and it pees and poos everywhere and I can't remove the stains. Some one please help it's urgent.
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