Urine odors in carpets can be difficult to remove. With the proper method you can get your carpets looking and smelling just like new. This is a guide about cleaning urine odors from carpet.
This is a guide about cleaning dog urine odors from carpet. Pet owners may find themselves needing to remove dog urine odors from their carpet.
Many years ago a vet tech suggested using hydrogen peroxide to remove pet odors from carpet, rather than buying the all too expensive store bought cleaners. I gave it a try and have been hooked ever since. Test an area of the carpeting/upholstery first, then soak the area you're treating with peroxide. Let it dry completely. The odor won't disappear until it is completely dry so don't be impatient, give it time. If it's a stubborn/very strong odor, you may need to repeat the process, but when you're done, the odor will be completely gone and you will have saved a lot of $$.
This cleaner is cheap and works wonders. The recipe was given to me by my daughter years ago.
I mix this up in larger amounts. I usually use at least 3 cups of peroxide and 6 Tbsp of ammonia. I have yet to find a carpet stain that it will not remove. Some spots just disappear before your eyes. Others need to be blotted with white paper towels or a white cloth. If it is a terrible stain, the paper towels may need to be weighted down overnight.
Being the owner of four cats, I keep it mixed up all the time and I would put it up against the most expensive cleaner you can buy commercially. I have also used it on spots on upholstery as well as spots on the walls. It is a multipurpose cleaner for me.
By Dink from Louisville, TN
Is there a product I can use in my carpet cleaner to remove urine odor?
Lisa from Long Island, NY
I use a few different treatments which work well. Sprinkling stain with dry washing powder with enzymes works well to remove the scent to help prevent attracting animals to re-offend. Also some spray fabric deodorizers such as Fabreeze can help too. Bi-carb of soda is a cheap & effective treatment to absorb urine odours. Sometimes it takes a few treatments to completely remove odour & do test on a hidden patch of carpet first to check carpet colour fastness.
I have tried alot of the neutralizers from pet stores without getting good results. What I have found that works very well & cheaply is to use Tide or Gain liquid detergent mixed with water, at least a 50/50 or stronger mix, pour over stain area, scrub in , cover with towels and let dry. You may want to test a spot to make sure it doesn't discolor your carpet. I have burgundy frieze carpet & it didn't change colors. I'd much rather smell Tide or Gain than urine!
Before I put down wood floors, I used a little Woolite with a bit of Clorox 2 and some white vinegar. That usually cleaned the rug very well, didn't remove the color, and got rid of any bad smells.
After my dog got sick and had diarrhea and vomiting both at once all over the carpet, I took them all up and replaced the floors with oak. Much better! Better to replace the floor than my precious dog. Since I live in FL, I probably should have put down ceramic tile instead of wood, but wood works fine for now.
This is how I get rid of pet urine odors. I have a lot of cats, when one pees on the carpet, the other ones do it in the same spot. I spray Listerene mouth wash on the area and the smell goes away. I've tried everything, this really works. Every morning, I lightly spray over my carpets and cloth furniture and it also makes the house smell fresh.
By Melissa from Blytheville, AR
I have a Bissell Shampoo machine, bought especially because I had 2 older dogs, that once in a while peed on my carpet. To make a long story short, I tried everything everyone suggested and happened upon a good one. Someone here on Thrifty Fun suggested white vinegar and I tried it.
Remember you have to get through the pad or it won't do any good, so do small areas. Keep going over it until the liquid is all picked up. I put about l/4 cup of white vinegar to the gallon water container in shampooer, and put the regular shampoo in the dispenser on the shampooer. I let dry for at least 2 days then put dry baking soda on the spot, and left it there until the next time I vacuum.
This took the odor out and cleaned carpet, too. Hope it does as well for whoever tries it. Remember sometimes it takes 2 times to get to the floor below the carpet and the carpet pad. If you leave it too wet, it will sour, and you have another odor to contend with.
Sometimes now when one pees, I pour the vinegar water immediately on a spot. Then I just suck up all the liquid, and let dry. It is less work, and takes care of the problem.
Source: Thrifty Fun Hints
By gbk from south GA
This is a guide about getting rid of urine odors. It can appear clean, but sometimes the foul smell lingers.
To remove dog/cat urine from carpets, use Masingill's Vinegar and Water Douche. Pour solution on the spot and with a towel using a circular motion..
My carpet does not have stains it has been cleaned twice, but the urine smell keeps coming back.
Sorry to tell you this, but it may not be your carpet. We just had to tear up all the carpet in our church paronage (not that old) because the urine had penetrated the wood floor beneath. We had to sand and revarnish.
Our rental property has carpet and the last renters had cats who peed in the carpet. I need to know what I can clean the carpet in the whole house with or what should I do?
By carsonsmomy from TN
We had to replace the carpeting including the padding. When it was removed, yellow spots in the concrete were very evident all over the house. These I washed with water and Clorox before the new carpeting was laid.
We replaced the carpeting with one that has a plastic liner, and it is advertised as a product for people with pets. I got it from Home Depot. Truly, the plastic liner looked more like thick Saran Wrap, but we didn't have a choice. The house has since been sold a few years ago, the new owners have dogs and have already had the carpets cleaned, and there was no comment about the smell coming back, so I guess it works! (07/05/2010)
We had dog urine on our carpets. I rented a steam cleaner and cleaned the carpets 6 times. The rinse water was coming out clean and I thought we were good. The next day the carpet was dry and I thought I could still smell a faint smell of urine. Grrrr. By the next day all the smell was back again, I read the posts and tried peroxide and baking soda in a test area. It seemed not bad. Today, I mixed a spray bottle half and half with Scope and peroxide then poured a liberal amount of baking soda though a sifter over the area. At this moment it seems to have neutralized the smell!
When dry I will vacuum the area and if it still smell is gone I will steam clean out the Scope and hope that will be the end of it. (08/17/2010)
How do I remove pet urine odor from a carpet?
By John from Tuede
You could use some "Perrier" water (French sparkling water). Pour it straight on the area, pat with clean piece of fabric. Can be used on any spoil, even vomiting. (03/31/2010)
Coffee grounds work. I am so amazed that this actually worked. I am a busy mom with four children and (now) four dogs. My three Pomeranians never had problems pottying in the home, and if they did it was so small I was able to take care of it with just RugDoctors Oxy pet cleaner. I recently got my husband an 18 month old Malamute who was fully house broken, but given his new home he was nervous, didn't pee for over 30 hours and when he did, he decided to urinate in my bedroom (one of two rooms with carpet not hardwood floors).
I tried everything, but the smell wouldn't go away. Lysol, Clorox wipes, 409 (I was desperate), Nature's Mircacle (not saying it doesn't work, I may have not used enough so I'm on the fence whether or not it works), but the smell continued and wouldn't go away. So in reading everyone's comments, I decided to use coffee grounds. My husband couldn't stop laughing at me when I brought the coffee container into the room and told him what I was about to do. He then said "your gonna stain the carpet and it's gonna have a coffee/urine smell to it". Well, he was right about one thing, I managed to stain my carpet, but the smell is gone. With the coffee stain remaining (I have creamed color carpet).
After letting the coffee grounds sit for about 30 minutes, I vacuumed up as much as I could, then used my Bissel steam cleaner (4-5 times, dumped the water out for fresh water til it wasn't discolored), then diluted bleach and soaked a old towel, rang it out, and scrubbed the carpet as hard as I could for about 5-10 minutes, then steam cleaned again. The stain is now gone. My room smelled a little like a clean coffee house, but once the floor dried I could only smell a very light smell of bleach. I hope this helps. Good luck. (04/21/2010)
Is there a home remedy for getting dog urine smell out of your carpet?
By Elva from Canton, OH
I just read an article about the uses for the plain old amber Listerine and removing odors was listed. I haven't tried it yet, but have Listerine on my shopping list. There seem to be a number of uses besides as a mouthwash. (02/25/2010)
How do I get dog urine smell out of my carpet?
I read this tip on a cleaning site, thought it might be helpful. It is for removing urine smell from a carpet. Mouthwash. While it may not clean the actual stain, it will remove the odor.
I have been overwhelmed by the horrible smell in my carpet! I have steamed, used baking soda, enzyme sprayed, etc. with no success .I have since decided to use previously used coffee grounds.
What really gets rid of cat urine odors, cheaply? No, I won't give up my babies, but something has GOT to work. Has anyone had any success at all without it costing an arm and a leg?
I am going insane with the odor in my house. Vinegar doesn't work and I clean my carpets with a carpet cleaner using Tide in it and nothing seems to be doing anything.
How do I get the smell of pet urine out of the carpet? The whole room smells. I've had a shitzu for about 3 months. She is house trained.
I have pet stains on my carpet. What will clean stains and kill urine odor?
On a humid day, does your house smell like a zoo? Why spend big bucks on carpet cleaning, and enzymatic cleaners when trying to remove pet urine smells from carpet?