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.
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 $$.
Remember that "test first"- One drop of peroxide on my carpet and the spot is still there, years later. Just a warning.
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
You never want to use ammonia when cleaning up any pet accidents. Ammonia is present in their urine and will only reinforce that the spot they peed in is an acceptable potty place, hence more accidents.
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.
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.
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.
Is there a product I can use in my carpet cleaner to remove urine odor?
Lisa from Long Island, NY
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!
This guide is about pet urine smell after using a carpet cleaning machine. Removing dog or cat pee odors from carpets can be a challenge.
How do I use ammonia to get cat urine out of a carpet?
You don't use ammonia at all as urine is ammonia. Anti icky PPP is the product you want. Find it on line. I will not use anything else in my home. As long as you have pets you need cleaner so spring for a bottle and keep it under the sink.
My carpet seems to be saturated in dog urine from 2 small Dachshunds. We didn't know it was done until it dried and was too late. I have a steam cleaner and have tried everything. Help me!
I had the same problem and hiring a carpet cleaning service didn't help. A friend told me what to do and I thought she was nuts but it worked. Get a bottle of Windex and saturate the stain or spot then take a rag and scrub back and forth in all directions then place rag down and step on it to remove most of the moisture. STAIN/SPOT GONE!! Hope this helps!
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..
I made my own solution to spray areas where there have been accidents, but without luck when the humidity goes up. It (the smell) just hits you in the face as soon as you come in the door. I have used my carpet cleaner with pet solution by the gallons and still no results.
By Maggie T.
Use white vinegar or an oxy type cleaner. The enzamatic action of oxy should do it. I've also heard of hydrogen peroxide working, this also works very well on blood as well
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)
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