How to Clean a Dog Urine Stain on a Leather Couch

A dog laying on a leather couch.
Some consumers have had success removing pet urine stains on leather furniture with shoe polish or hair gel. Depending on the value of your couch you may want to consult a professional, at least for advice. This is a page about how to clean a dog urine stain on a leather couch.


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February 10, 2009

Our dog has urinated on our "real" leather couch that was covered with a sofa cover already. Will the stain ever go away or will it look wet forever? I tried to clean it and the cleaner has dried but the stain stayed.

Al in Texas


Dog Urine Stain On Leather Couch

How annoying for you. Depending on the color of your couch you will find that leather shoe polish rubbed gently into the area, left overnight and then rubbed vigorously, will bring back the couch to its former glory. Match the colors carefully. And DON'T buff too hard or you will have a shiny patch. (01/04/2005)

By ang

Dog Urine Stain On Leather Couch

With any solution, I would pretest on an out of site piece of leather. (01/04/2005)

By ThriftyFun


Dog Urine Stain On Leather Couch

I tried gently wiping over the area with hair gel. It took it out and then after that I used perfume to take out the gel. It works. (10/08/2007)

By I'm the best deal with it

Dog Urine Stain On Leather Couch

Wow, the suggestion to use hair gel really WORKED! Thanks so very much. I used water and a bit of ammonia to wipe the gel off. I think ammonia cuts or eliminates the urine smell. Perfume is probably good too. (10/14/2008)

By Barb

Dog Urine Stain On Leather Couch

What kind of hair gel did you use? How do I apply it? Rub it in, wipe it off, then perfume? More details please. Got a new puppy for Christmas and need all the advice I can get. Thanks! (12/19/2008)

By lisa

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December 12, 2020

Our dog peed on our grey leather couch. There is no stain, but you can smell it. I didn't notice it until about 2 days in I am guessing!

How do I get the smell out? Also the part where she peed you can not take out the stuffing. There is no zipper. Please help.


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First thing to remember:
Do not use any product or suggestion that does not specify that it can be used on leather - even faux leather.
Second - always test any method on an inconspicuous part before actually using on your front sofa.


A solution of vinegar and water can be used safely. One cup vinegar / 2 cups water.
Use a soft cloth to wipe the area several times; always use a clean cloth the second/third time so the solution stays clean.
Wait a few minutes and then dry the area with another soft cloth - rub gently but several times. The seams may still be damp so use a hair dryer on low to finish drying (not too close to sofa). check it for dryness after a few hours.
Check for odor the following day. You may have to repeat this if it was really strong and has been 'settled' in for a few days.
You can also place a small fan where it can blow on the area for an hour or so.

You can also try sprinkling the area with baking soda as this will absorb odor from leather. Just be sure the area is completely dry before using baking soda.


Some people recommend using the baking soda then add the vinegar that will have foaming effect. Wipe clean and dry.
I have not tried this method.

You should probably use a good leather conditioner after you are sure the odor is gone.

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October 19, 2010

What can I use to get a pet urine stain off of my leather loveseat?

By CINDY from West Monroe, LA

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October 19, 2010

My sister's dog urinated on my burgundy leather couch. The couch is a washed out kind of bomber jacket leather and has a "worn" look. The stain left a very dark circle on the couch. There is no odor left, just the stain. I was out of town and did not find the stain until it was dry. Is there a way to get the couch back to way it looked before?

Tracie from Perry, FL


Dog Urine Stain on a Leather Couch

No one has left feedback for this problem. I would say go for broke and try anything. You don't have much to lose at this point. I would take a spray bottle and put vinegar in it and soak it good, then I would use a wet vac to suck the vinegar and try this continuously to get the urine out.


Or try blotting, re-wetting and re-blotting. You might try a dry method using the vinegar and applying a paste made of baking soda and allowing it to dry. As it dries it will put the stain away from the leather? Maybe? These are untested on leather; worth a shot though. (07/01/2009)

By rhonda froland

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