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 removing dog urine stains from carpet.
Here is a recipe to use on dog urine stains on carpet or upholstery.
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
By Jamie 1
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!
October 23, 2010
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.
By eah4593 2
How do you get dog urine out of carpet?
December 7, 2015
I add white vinegar to the wash/rinse water in my shampooer. This removes the odor very well and doesn't harm the carpet. You will notice a vinegar odor, but it dissipates once carpet dries. Just make sure you lift the urine from carpet as much as possible before using the wash/rinse settings on carpet shampooer. My shampooer uses the separate containers for a mixture of cleaner and it merges below the water reservoir container; not in it. Then the vinegar is used twice in the wash and again in the rinse. I don't know how large your shampooer's water reservoir is, but on mine, I add two cups vinegar to full container.
By MONICA 1
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?
January 1, 2011
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.
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.
October 10, 2011
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.
By angel 1
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
September 10, 2015
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...
The stain is set in. I have tried vinegar and water.
February 12, 2014
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.
By Lucy 1
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
April 13, 2011
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.
By claire 1
How do I get puppy pee off my cream carpets? I want to do this without a carpet cleaner.
By Claire from Scotland
November 7, 2009
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 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.
June 10, 2011
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!
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?
May 17, 2011
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
April 8, 2013
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 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
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
By Barbara 1
I need suggestions for cleaning dog urine out of my carpet.
By Barbara from St George, UT
What can I use to remove a dog urine stain and smell from a persian carpet?
My male dog has peed on my beige bedroom carpet, but it appears to have taken the colour out of it, almost as if I had bleached it! Anyone got any ideas please?
By B A C
I have dog urine stains on my creme colored rug. Can anyone give me a clue as how to clean the stain?
By Dorothy A from Westland, MI.
|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
The best commercial products on the market right now for urine problems are made by CTI Proschoice you can purchase from professional carpet supply houses or online at www.proschoice.com. My recommendation if you have both stain and odor is the OSR (Odor and Stain Remover) or for stain only you cannot beat the USR (Urine Stain Remover).
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)
Rubbing alcohol works great for urine smells - doesn't matter what caused the smell. I learned this on accident, my girls got lice so I was spraying everything with alcohol. Their was a spot on their carpet where the cat had peed, and another spot on one of the beds where my nephew had wet the bed. The next day the smells were gone.
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)
Baking soda obsorbs smells. (12/09/2006)
After using white vinegar and various cleaners to remove old yellow stains from my white wall-to-wall carpet, what finally worked was Oxiclean, a small tub which I purchased at the supermarket. Follow the directions for carpet stain removal. It's mixing a scoop of Oxiclean with 2 cups water, saturating the spot, a lot of blotting with white paper towels, rinsing with clear water, and more blotting. You go through a lot of paper towels but it works! My carpet looks great! I am so happy the yellow stains are gone. (02/23/2007)
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
Although I'm not sure, I would think that since enzymatic cleaners dissolve the molecules that make animal urine smell, it may take the stain out of the carpet. You can buy these at the pet store, and I know they work extremely well on odors, as I had two male cats (you know how bad their urine stinks!) who overmarked each others' territory constantly until I treated the carpet with the enzymatic cleaner. Hope this helps. (02/01/2005)
I've heard about a lot of things that helped, but since I'm on a budget, I tried to find something that I already had around the house to use. I already had some Simple Green (it comes concentrated, but I dilute it) and I spray the pee spot and scrub it with a little scrub brush (with bristles). Later, when I vacuum, I use the Arm & Hammer Pet Odor removal Carpet powder and the vacuum. It leaves the WHOLE house smelling fresh! I also buy the Arm & Hammer brand training pads for him to use it on. It absorbs the odor and work very well! Good Luck!~ (02/02/2005)
In the past I have used a spray of white vinegar on the stain, then clean it with the carpet cleaner. It does not always get the stain out though but try it. (02/02/2005)
Spend the money on a good quality commercial urine stain remover that deodorizes the spot - not "covers" the smell (AND all the underlying padding, etc.). It is needed to stop the odor from attracting a pet back to the same place. (12/20/2005)
Natures Miracle works great. There is another product that is cheaper in price that does the same thing... called Simple Solution Stain and odor remover. You have to follow the directions and it works. (12/20/2005)
By Cindy A.
Try the enzymatic cleaner called Nature's Miracle. It comes in a white bottle with red wording. It takes out pet stains and odors like nothing else. It even takes out cat urine smell. You can find it at pet stores, most of the big ones carry it, PetSmart, PetCo. (12/21/2005)
I'm not sure if this takes the stain out but i know it takes the odor out. Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet, wait ten minutes, and vaccum. It takes the odor out and may take some of the satin out. (06/29/2007)
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
I absolutely love "Spot Shot". You can find it at most grocery stores, Target, and Wal-Mart. I have used it for years on everything from paint to pet stains on carpet and it has not failed yet. Good Luck!! (04/06/2007)
OXIClean works great. It removed stains that were years old. (04/12/2007)
By Big D
I would suggest you hire a professional to clean your carpets. When you use those cleaning products from the store they leave a lot of soap residue behind and attract a lot of dirt. you need a truck mounted van to extract the cleaning solution. (05/14/2007)
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)
Let me guess you clean the urine up and it keeps coming back. That's because the spot is all the way down to the padding and after the top of your carpet dries it wicks back to the top of your carpet fiber. There are two ways to take care of this:
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)
Nature's Miracle does not work. (06/14/2008)
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)
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This is an old post but still one of the first to pop up in a google search. So, I thought I'd explain the reasons for the different results and different methods. I showed and bred Great Danes "studs mark everything", and Afghan Hounds, "who are notoriously miserable to housebreak". So I really am the "Pee Expert".
REMOVING DRY URINE FROM CARPET:
Method One: Enzymes- (The best method IF done 1st and properly! They do take time to work though!)
<li.Pour 50% Vinegar 50% Distilled Water over the area..
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!
By Pee Expert
We had old dog urine stains in our bedroom and cleaned it many times with our Kirby. Still the smell kept coming back. As fed up with the situation as I was, I got down on my hand and knees and scrubbed with Arm and Hammer laundry soap. It took the yellow stains out and I noticed the smell fading each time I cleaned the infected area. Give it a try. It may take more then a couple times but you should see a less noticeable odor. (07/15/2008)
Saturate the area with hot water and 2-3 small drops of bleach, then wet vac the area. This will rid the carpet of odor and leach into the backing and padding to remove more of the smell and stain, vac it up quickly. (09/19/2008)
If you're looking for an easy fix and can afford $5-10 dollars for the proper chemicals go to your local carpet cleaning company i.e., Servpro, CarpetMaster, StainMaster, or Servicemaster and ask them for a small amount of pet urine odor and stain remover. It's not the least bit toxic. Uses natural enzymes that break down the stain and the odor. Works great! (10/14/2008)
Go to Pros Choice website. They have something called USR (urine stain remover) that works well and stain removers for just about anything. (11/07/2008)
Try Faygo Club Soda - do not dilute. Blot with paper towels. (01/14/2009)
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.
Try the powdered Oxy-Clean. Dilute with hot water. Pour on spot and leave on 1 minute. Take clean dry cloth and rub out. Let it dry. If there's still some stain do this again. I found this to work the best for me. (06/29/2005)
Try this on a place that can't be seen on your carpet first. I too have white carpet in my living room and also in my office. My mom stayed with us for awhile after her operation and brought along her 9 week old Boxer. He used the bathroom everywhere he could in my livingroom. I would try to get it up with the usual stuff: vinegar, carpet cleaner, etc.
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)
If you have a dog urine stain on your carpet all you need to do is take a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water and spray it on the spot and then rub.
By Robin (07/26/2005)
I have used Biological Washing Powder in warm water and that worked. Someone told me that there's an enzyme in soap powder that gets rid of any "scent" so a dog won't continue to mark a spot. (07/26/2005)
Peroxide works on blood and urine stains most times and the odor can be neutralized with vinegar. Once vinegar dries the vinegar smell will dissipate. (07/26/2005)
Someone gave me a great piece of advice when my dog was a puppy. Pour cold water on the pee spot, let it soak for a few minutes then soak it up with a fluffy old towel. So I tried it and it worked, no more stains. The best part was that it took out stains that were old and wouldn't come out with all the fancy carpet cleaners, etc. Anytime I have used cleaners, I can smell the odor left behind and it stains. Even after shampooing the carpet the smell is still there. But anytime I used the cold water, nothing, no smell, no stain. It may not work if you have already scrubbed the carpet with cleaners, but if it stinks anyway it doesn't hurt to try. Good luck. (07/31/2005)
Please help the dog messed and I tried ammonia to clean it and there is a big spot now and it is yellowish. I think I made it worse. Please help.
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)
It seems to be a problem for those of us that have a very special loved one or one's in our life. It's very simple depending on our attitude towards our pets, some people classify our methods as harsh and some as way too simple. Firstly our pets or loved one's, I prefer to use the term loved one's cause really thinking about it if it's not loved then problems will re-occur and re-occur until such time wooden flooring or tiles become an option. Pets are not the solution, but the dissolution of what may follow.
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.
There is a product that works great on carpet "Spot Shot". You spray it on and it lifts the stain in seconds after you dab it with a towel. Does not work on my couch though, which is white cotton. I used it and it got rid of a stain that had been there for almost a year. Just like new. (03/09/2008)
I've tried a lot of different products. Steam cleaning the carpet worked for a while, but either the spot comes back over time or my dog is remarking it. I even bought a Spot Shot, but found that leaves a bigger spot on the carpet. Here's a solution I found that at least made the spot disappear and removed the smell.
I used the original Listerine mouthwash. I poured it on the spot and blotted it up. It killed the stain and the odor immediately. I had used the steam cleaner shortly thereafter and have not had problem since. (12/14/2008)
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.
Go to Walmart and get a can of Spot Shot. It works great. I have two dachshunds and believe me it helped immensely during the puppy stage.
Good luck. (02/03/2005)
And once you get the stains out prevent them recurring by taking your pup outside hourly and stand with it, waiting until you get a result. If the pup goes maybe leave it 2-3 hourly, but always straight after feeding. You need to enclose him/her in a hard floor area over night. Lots and lots of praise for a success will encourage going outside. Staffys are such clever little dogs. I love them.
Club Soda water, seltzer apply directly to spot and blot "not rub". It works; I had a doggie that got excited and peed.
Secondly, do not yell or make a fuss after the fact as puppy just thinks your nuts. If you happen on pup in the middle or start of pee or poo just pickup and run with it out the door and set pup gently down
and say, "here you go, good doggie" in the nicest voice you can manage and the pup will understand.
My first doggie learned that and they say it takes 3 times to correct a behavior (learned this on a Donny Osmond show). In the morning I jump up and I just put her leash on close the door and I stay inside and she knows this is her pee and poo time and at night last thing I do also. She knows as I always say "potty outside and good doggie" she loves the baby voice I do not know why, but it works so use it. When I scold I am firm and say "NO" firmly and clearly my hubby can't do this he falls for the batting eyes. Good luck. (02/03/2005)
If nothing you've bought over the counter works, go to Stanley Steamer and ask for a container of their carpet cleaner. I believe I bought it in the gallon size; however, they may have a smaller quantity for sale. (02/04/2005)
I love Woolite Pet Stain Remover. It smells nice, too. Also, if you have a light colored carpet, you could use a solution of 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide with 1 Tablespoon ammonia. Pour over stain, rub in gently, cover with clear plastic wrap and put something heavy on it. Leave on overnight or for several hours. Make sure to do a test spot before you try this. I got the recipe from a Stainmaster Carpet care book. Good luck. (02/04/2005)
It's not inexpensive, but I think it's worth every penny. It's called Anti Icky Poo and was recommended by a veterinarian. I have tried many other remedies and this is by far and away the best. It breaks down the proteins and salts and renders them odorless so your pet will not continue to return to the same spot again and again.
It's distributed by Mistermax 1-800-745-1671 or mistermax.com It's got a $$ back guarantee. According to the bottle : "AIP removes odors such as urine, feces, vomit, dead body, and others from carpets, upholstery, tile, cement, walls, and clothes." If you have dried-on urine stains and are not sure exactly when they are or where the odor is coming from, use a black light- the stains fluoresce. (02/05/2005)
White vinegar in a steam cleaner. My puppy had a difficult time potty training and when we moved, I called a professional service to clean the carpets so that I would be sure to get my deposit back and they told me to clean with straight white vinegar. The house will smell like vinegar for about three days, but it will remove the stain and odor. (Also works for cat pee.) (03/16/2005)
I have 2 staffies 1 boy and 1 girl and the best thing I found to remove dog matter (and I tried a lot of products) was simply a baby wipe, I used Huggies. Just rub the spot vigorously, it even works with old stains.
Good luck to you all and I feel for you. My bitch is having another litter and I'm keeping a pup so I'll be going through it again soon hope the wipes work. (03/27/2005)
Works like a charm, mix 1 small bottle of peroxide with 1 teaspoon baking soda and 4 drops of dishwashing liquid. Stir and pour directly on stains and leave overnight removes stains and smell like magic (do not save remaining solution, remember those volcanoes you made in school?) (01/31/2008)
We got a rescue dog recently and he is very good, but he had a bout of pooping on the carpet at the front door when we were out (bad news when we pushed open the front door!). I lifted the lumps carefully with a torn bit of cardboard box, trying to lift from the edges. I had to work with what was to hand so I put a drop of antibacterial hand wash on the stains and then got a washing up liquid bottle that was almost empty and filled it up with hot water. I surrounded the stain with the hot water mixture so it flowed under the stain and soaked upwards. I placed folded pad of kitchen roll on the stain and patted the top of the pad with a completely dry sponge. The idea was to maximize the flow of cleaner and poo stain up into the kitchen roll.
I used about three dry pads and patted and agitated. Sure enough, the remaining poo transferred to the paper and was removed. After it dried it was only visible, because it was slightly cleaner than the rest of the carpet.
I'm a professional carpet cleaner. I see more damage caused by the clean up then the pet. There is a product called Nature's Miracle, you can get it in most department or pet stores. It works without causing damage. The are many great products here: getthesmellout.com. Sometimes it isn't worth experimenting on expensive carpet. (09/30/2008)
I always use borax. Just blot up the pee with paper towels. Then sprinkle a heap of borax to cover the spot. You can lightly "pat" down the borax to get it slightly worked in, but don't pack it down. You will see the borax powder begin to turn yellow, because it is pulling the urine up out of the carpet. Once the powder dries up, just vacuum up the pile and the pee stain and odor should be gone.
This also works with poo, just wipe up all solids, blot with water and try to get the stain blotted up as much as you can with paper towels, and pile on the borax for the remaining stain and odor. Borax is great stuff. You can get it in the laundry detergent isle, it come in a box. It works great on cut pile carpets. We have used this technique for almost 6 years in 2 different homes and it has never discolored our carpets. (10/11/2008)
So how do you damage your carpet when cleaning up a pet accident? as I said you want to treat a urine stain that's in the underlay, but not just soak it with soapy water. The only time you want to soak the area is with the spotter.
So why do you get brown marks that look like the stain when the carpet is dry. It's the colour coming out the backing and rising up to the tips of the fibres in your carpet. Carpets dry from bottom up and if your backing is a natural one the colour is risen up to the top. This always looks like a urine stain, but its now a stain that you have made by soaking the carpet.
Always keep the water to a minimum and as I said only soak with the spotter. Then dry out and put a towel with a heavy object on top. (not metal or wood that has has wood stain in it). (02/03/2009)
By Ian H
Thanks. I especially like that the site came up so easily on google. Also, that so many ideas are cheap and environmentally friendly. (02/21/2009)
How do I remove dog urine stains from a carpet?
The absolute best thing I have used is a mixture that was made to get rid of skunk odor, its chemically able to break down the urine crystals that form.
Use a bottle of peroxide, about half a cup of baking soda, and a couple of spoonfuls of Dawn. You mix it up and apply, let it sit for about five minutes, then blot it out. It works like a charm. It even got out the cat urine on my sister's mattress (her cat was not happy at being left alone for the day). (09/22/2009)
You can find a product called Natures Miracle in most pet stores. This product is fantastic. Our dog had pooped on a white Berber carpet in a house we rented one summer and it removed every bit of the stain and odor. It removes the scent completely so the animal does not revisit the spot. Don't use a vinegar or ammonia based cleaner that attracts them back. (09/23/2009)
Citrasolv. Removes odor too. (09/23/2009)
What is the best thing to remove dog urine from carpet, using household products?
By Shanan from IL
How do I remove dog pee and stains from carpet?
By Peg from Northern Ireland
Cleaning up Pet Messes:
(read my post towards the bottom of that page) and follow the directions:
I have had many people write to me since I answered the post above to say that this technique has worked when nothing else did! (especially for ferret urine in carpeting behind a space heater)
When you use the "enzyme-based" pet cleaner, be sure to pour it down into the padding and saturate both the carpeting and the pad) then cover the spot with plastic (like a new, unfolded garbage bag) to keep the spot wet (the enzyme cleaner only works when it's wet) then leave it sit overnight.
(read more details I've posted about cleaning and preventing pet urine at the links below)
This is really simple and has been posted before, I'm sure. I mix in a spray bottle: 1tsp. baking soda, 1tsp. Dawn, and 2 cups (16oz) peroxide. Shake lightly and spray stain. Do not blot. Let it dry by itself. Works for me and keeps Izzy out of the dog house. (05/09/2010)
To Peg regarding removing urine spots and odors from carpet. I use a simple mixture of 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 tablespoon of household ammonia combined in a spray bottle. Saturate the spot and rub gently to begin with. Then respray, cover with a layer of paper towels and place a heavy object like a brick on top of the paper towels and leave several hours or overnight. When you removed the towels, voila! The stain and odor are gone. This has never failed me. This also works on many other types of stains on carpet. (05/12/2010)
How can I get dog urine stains and smell out of carpet?
By Suzanne from Atlanta, GA
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)
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)