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.
Ad

Solutions

Share on ThriftyFunThis guide contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!

December 21, 2011 Flag

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

Ingredients:

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

CommentWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
March 29, 20132 found this helpful
Top Comment

I think you will find that the baking soda, white vinegar & water are sufficent enough without all the extras as they do a good job on their own.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Comments

Questions

Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

0 found this helpful
January 10, 2016 Flag

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?

Ad
AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
January 10, 20160 found this helpful
Best Answer

You need to keep an enzyme cleaner around for when your dog pees again. They are sold at pet stores.

Before trying any home remedies always test first on a part of the carpet that doesn't show.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
January 11, 20160 found this helpful
Best Answer

The best product I have ever used for stain and odor is Fizzion. I used to use the enzyme cleaners, but this is better. It has never failed me.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers

1 found this helpful
April 7, 2009 Flag

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!

Related Content(article continues below)

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

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
June 17, 20090 found this helpful
Best Answer

While the spot is still wet press out the excess urine with paper towels. put on lots of baking soda/bicarbonate of soda on the spot (enough to soak up all the liquid). Try putting peppermint oil(which you can get at a health shop) in the areas that you don't want your dogs to use as a toilet. Thy won't go there as they don't like the smell. No need to crate if the pooch is properly house trained and if you use the peppermint oil in the places he/she shouldn't go then it will be easy to clean(ex. tiles).

Anyway, back to the cleaning; after the baking soda has dried you can just vacuum the spot to get all the powder out. The baking soda is easy to use and cheap. It soaks up the urine and eliminates the smell.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
March 2, 20100 found this helpful
Best Answer

I would like to inform people who need their pet stains out of carpets the way I did mine:

My sons room was so horrible from his puppy we got him, the puppy urinated all over his room, in every corner and all over under his bed, I tried all the pet odor carpet shampoo and nothing worked, I read up on the vinegar and water trick, tried it all and still didnt work so I made my own home remedy by mixing up other people remedies so here it is...

I put 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1/4 of pet odor shampoo of any kind (but with a great scent), and the I added in 1/3 cup simple green (yes the stuff you clean counter tops with, if you read the back it says it works on pet stains) and I added a few squirts of dish soap (any kind really), I used sun sations apple scent with the oxy cleaning power. Then add it all into a gallon of water, spread it over the area in which is covered in pet urine, scrub it with a scrub brush, let it soak for about 20 minutes so it can work its way down in the fibres and pad, and then use your shampooer to get all the water and cleaners out! This really works! I am so relieved that my son can sleep in his own room again!

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers

0 found this helpful
July 10, 2007 Flag

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!

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Flag
October 22, 20070 found this helpful
Best Answer

I used baking soda to get the stain out, wait 10 minutes, then vaccuum it up. any longer and it will stain the carpet white

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Flag
October 28, 20070 found this helpful
Best Answer

Many cleaners will work but make sure you are using cool water. Since it's a protein based stain warm water will just cause it to set in faster!

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers

0 found this helpful
February 11, 2014 Flag

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

By Sandy

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
February 12, 20140 found this helpful
Best Answer

How old is the stain?

Has the dog or any other animal gone there more than once that you know of?

I happen to have been a vet tech,dog obedience trainer and worked with animals my whole life.That being said, I have tons of experience with all of the stain removers on the market and "home remidies".

Unfortunately pet urine stains on the carpet and on unsealed concrete are the toughest to remove as they penetrate the flooring deeply.The carpet padding works like a sponge as does the carpet trapping the oder in there quite well, most of the time to the subflooring as well.

I can honestly say I have tried it all from every brand out there to mixing any concoctions know to man to get the stains out myself.here's the run down..

1.dogs and cats have amazing supper sniffers they can smell one atom of urin or feces left behind.one...atom! So if we can smell it its pretty well saturated.they will aslo be attracted to going there again because they can smell they went there before and thats what attracts them to going there again and again.

2.The only real way to ever remove the urine is with active enzymes that go deep into the padding and carpet and actually slowly eat the urin away.

3. Keeping then dog away from this area some times for weeks go months is essential to removing it fully.(can use a weighted overturned laundry basket w allows the spot to breathe and dry and keeps anyone from stepping on it as well!

4.Always test a spot of your carpet with any cleaner to be sure it doesn't destroy your carpets color.Usually some where unnoticeable and let it set for several days before using it some where noticeable.

The absolute best product out there that I used to get the hardest stain out there out of my carpet (cat urine).. was "urine off".It smells nice to people but also has strong enzymes that removed the stain and smell for good to you and your pet.It also didn't take as long as most other enzyme stain removers. (And no I am not affiliated with the company but was finally so impressed with a product that does what it claims! )

You will want several light colored or white "rag" towels folded fairly thick saturate the area with the stain remover (after colorfast testing it of course) let is sit an hour or so then put a folded towel over the area and start stepping on it, rocking on it with your whole body weight. Use several towels if you have too. Repeat this until the towels aren't pulling up any more stain or smell. Saturate the carpet again this time leaving the "urine off " in the carpet padding to work its magic as it slowly dries.

Then use a clean damp but not dripping wet hand towel to gently rub and blot at the surface of the stain. I use gentle back and forth light movments changing in each direction every now n then..left right back forth up and down w out pushing down on the stain. This part is to actually remove the surface stain and you don't want to pull up more from the carpet pad...don't scrub hard as it will also fray the carpet fibers. Gentle sweeping motion on the surface. Unfold the towel and use only clean spots if you notice the towel getting dirty.this avoids making a bigger stain. Then mist the top of the carpet with more urine off and let it dry. ( Some of this is on the directions on the bottle.)

If your stain is still there even after all of the other steps (sometimes hard to tell until its drying) you can use a tiny tiny dab of dawn dish soap to remove the rest of the visual stain. You want to be sure to use a damp towel.Its best to colorfast test this too but I usually just wipe off a tiny amount say the drop of soap that's left on the cap.rub the towel together over soap if it foams a lot rinse some out you want it almost unnoticeable just a bubble here n there is ok..no white foam or it makes the stain worse and sticky! Do the same gentle back and forth movements with out pushing hard you can use a finger or two to get stubborn spots .After its lifted the stain use another damp towel to gently rub in every direction to get the remaining soap off.

It seems pretty involved bit it does work . It mostly just takes several rags or towels,time and patience. I once you have removed the stain leave the basket over it and let it just dry.

I also always told my friends and students if they can't invest in a carpet steamer to get a wonderful little thing called a spot bot.They run about $99.00. When a stain is new (any liquid like urin) you always want to use the suction tool first and pull as much liquid out before hitting the scrub button this helps keep from spreading the stain..but after that you hit the button it scrubs the carpet for you you remove the extra moisure w the same tool . Its wonderful it does most of the work for your right away when the stain is fresh and even sometimes for old stains too. But I am always "armed" with my trusty spot bot and urine off and have no more stains on my carpets!

I hope this helps! 8) good luck!

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
February 12, 20140 found this helpful
Best Answer

The best product I have found is "Out" - you blot up excess urine (or vomit or?) if it is still wet; pour on the Out. Do not use sparingly - pour on enough to saturate & go all around the spot. Leave it. This may have to be repeated if the stain is old & set, maybe repeated several times. But is has always worked for me. It is made in formulas for hard surfaces & carpet/cloth.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers

0 found this helpful
October 8, 2011 Flag

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.

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
October 10, 20110 found this helpful
Best Answer

I use Natures Miracle. I have never had it fail. The secret is allowing it to soak into the damaged piece of furniture, carpet and flooring (including pads and floor boards) etc. and then allowing it to dry completely. It can take several days.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
October 10, 20110 found this helpful
Best Answer

Have you tried vinegar or apple cider vinegar? Should help.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers

0 found this helpful
April 12, 2011 Flag

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

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
April 12, 20110 found this helpful
Best Answer

The odor can be dealt with reasonably, with an enzyme product you can get at the vet's office or at a big pet store. The staining may be a little harder, though. You could try the spot treatments, first. Be aware, however, that they may clean the spot so well, that you will end up renting a machine to make the carpet "match" all over. Work on the spot, and then worry about the odor. (Most of the enzyme products have you put it on, and leave it to dry.) Good luck! These fur kids are troublesome at times (but worth it)!

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
April 12, 20110 found this helpful
Best Answer

If the stain is too set in, you might try using a professional rug cleaning business. They have experience with stain removal and odor.

Have you thought of getting male doggie bands to prevent future urine spots on carpet from happening? You can also make them yourself with a few older wrapped towels and velcro to fasten. I did this with my male dog when he was younger and it worked though laundry loads were increased.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers

0 found this helpful
November 5, 2009 Flag

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

By Claire from Scotland

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
November 7, 20090 found this helpful
Best Answer

Blot Blot Blot, then, Natures miricle or citra solv. Can't find citrasolv? Janitor supply Limonene. Some fabrics stain or fade with any moisture. Check before using.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
November 7, 20090 found this helpful
Best Answer

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.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers

0 found this helpful
April 14, 2011 Flag

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

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
April 15, 20110 found this helpful
Best Answer

Try a product called Spot Shot. A lot of the dollar tree stores have a smaller can of it so you won't spend much if it doesn't work. It's a great product. Just spray it on and it's almost like it raises the stain to the top and then you dab at it with a sponge. It hasn't failed me yet! Good Luck!

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
April 18, 20110 found this helpful

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!

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers

0 found this helpful
June 10, 2011 Flag

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.

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
June 10, 20110 found this helpful
Best Answer

If you have a carpeted hallway with padding, the pee has seeped deeper and the odor is still there, that's why your dog continues to use the same places. To remove the lingering odor you will need a professional cleaner to get down deeper to the problem area (the padding) and will probably need to have it done more than once to get rid of the urine.

Get a black light and use over the area where your dog is urinating. You can see the intensity of urine how much is remaining even after you've done your best to clean it.

OR put doggie bands on the dog. I bought an older cocker spaniel female who was used as a breeder and she's lost some bladder control, so I bought her several pairs of doggie panties and she's doing great in the house. You put a pad in the panties to absorb the liquid and replace as needed. If you're good at the sewing machine, you could make the dog some for a lot less and for a male dog, it's much easier to make than the panties. Just remember to remove them before taking the dog outdoors for potty breaks. I kept forgetting to do that when she first began wearing them.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
June 10, 20110 found this helpful
Best Answer

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!

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

0 found this helpful
May 13, 2011 Flag

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

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
May 17, 20110 found this helpful
Best Answer

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.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
May 16, 20110 found this helpful

Do a search on Thriftyfun for the "pee recipe" which I posted a while back. Test an inconspicuous area first.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

0 found this helpful
April 7, 2013 Flag

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

By Rachel M

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
April 8, 20130 found this helpful
Best Answer

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.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

0 found this helpful
May 21, 2011 Flag

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

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
May 27, 20110 found this helpful
Best Answer

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.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

1 found this helpful
September 16, 2010 Flag

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

By Barbara from St George, UT

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
October 30, 20110 found this helpful
Best Answer

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.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Load More
In This Guide
Woman on hands and knees scrubbing white carpet
Cleaning Carpet
Categories
Home and Garden Cleaning CarpetNovember 9, 2011
Guides
grease stain on carpet
Cleaning Grease Stains on Carpet
Cleaning Carpet
Removing Vomit Stains from Carpet
Cleaning mildew from carpet.
Removing Mildew from Carpet
Vacuum being run over old dirty carpet
Cleaning Old Dirty Carpet
More
🐰
Easter Ideas!
🍀
St. Patrick's Ideas!
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Categories
© 1997-2017 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Published by . Page generated on February 23, 2017 at 8:46:51 PM on 10.0.2.145 in 4 seconds. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of ThriftyFun's Disclaimer and Privacy Policy. If you have any problems or suggestions feel free to Contact Us.
Loading Something Awesome!