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Here is a recipe to use on dog urine stains on carpet or upholstery.
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
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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?
Is it wall to wall carpet or not? Forget the over the counter stuff - good old white vinegar and some woolite. It takes some work and a lot of little towels. You also need to use a lot of water. If it is wall to wall carpet, soak it with water first. I soak one of the towels with a lot of water to get it into the carpet. Then get that water up with another towel. Then, use water with the soap (over and over again)...then soak it with water again, then use the white vinegar. I put it in a spray bottle mixed with water. I spray it down and wipe it about 5 times. Then, a fan on it until it dries. If it is not wall to wall carpet, then scrub the front and the back also. The stains go away. But, it take a bit of work (and a lot of towels - I buy them from thrift stores or discount stores in bulk, some auto stores/hardware stores have them also). Then, just wash all the towels.
Soak spots with full strenght hydrogen peroxide. Let it work until it stops foaming. Blot up with old towels, or give it a good shampoo.
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.
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!
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.
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!
I have had very good results with pet stains (and the even worse stains caused by my kids' barf) using both the "Kids and Pets" and "Nature's Miracle" products. lately I've been using the K&P, which can be found at Meijer. The "Miracle" should be easily found in pet stores like PETCO.
Applied liberally to soak the stain, well blotted up, followed by rinsing out with water using a wet carpet cleaner (I have a Bissell) Some stains required several spot treatments, where I would liberally soak the stain and leave the cleaner on, allowing it do dissolve the organic stain. For severe vomit stains, I used these products as the detergent component, with hot water rinse, in the Bissell. That, and a lot of patience.
Mix (any brands) 8 ounces hydrogen peroxide (brown bottle in 1st aid aisle), 1/4 cup baking soda (orange box baking aisle), and just two drops ONLY of hand dishwashing liquid. Mix this well in a bucket & put into a spray bottle or sprinkle can. Use liberally. Allow to dry, or blot up & reapply allowing to dry after blotting excess. This will cure the odor even for the pet, and remove the stain, even set in stains. Some might require re-treatment. This solution must be used within about 20 minutes of mixing, works from the byproducts produced, does not store well. Won't work as well if stored, no byproducts anymore. Can still use as an all purpose cleaner if left over. This has saved many mattresses & oriental type rugs. Be sure it gets to the padding of the carpeting also. Beware of damaging hard woods under carpet.
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
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!
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.
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?
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.
The problem is often not the top layer of carpet but the bottom underlay. Can you lift it back and replace the section of underlay. You may find that bit is still wet even when the top layer is dry.
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.
Have you tried vinegar or apple cider vinegar? Should help.
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.
The stain is set in. I have tried vinegar and water.
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
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)!
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.
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.
How do I get puppy pee off my cream carpets? I want to do this without a carpet cleaner.
By Claire from Scotland
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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?
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
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
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.
I need suggestions for cleaning dog urine out of my carpet.
By Barbara from St George, UT
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.
What can I use to remove a dog urine stain and smell from a persian carpet?
this link has some suggestion but not sure about the persian rug
To use the homemade remedy with peroxide, etc. for cleaning dog urine stains, will it work to use a pressure washer on outdoor carpet on porch?
Thanks for your help.
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With a older dog in the house we are having some potty problems on the carpet. Any help with the stain and smell?
By Deb from Bay Area, CA
I have had great luck with the Little Green carpet cleaner. It cost around $60, but it is ready all the time and works well. After stepping on the spot with paper towels I go over it with the Little Green. I use a pet stain and odor detergent in the machine. I empty the dirty water with each use. I believe it is a Bissel product. So it may not be the cheapest solution, but a good one. (11/03/2010)
I use paper towels first to get as much wet out as possible. Then I pour a little hydrogen peroxide on the spot and use a brush to work it in. Then I use more paper towels to sop up the wet. This has also worked on older spots that have already dried. (11/03/2010)
Try mixing approximately 3-4 tblsp. of oil of oregano into a basic sized pail of very hot water and soap. Sunlight liquid dish soap worked well for me. Scrub the spot or stain in an inward circling motion. Make sure you have at least 4 liters of hot water to mix the oil and soap in. It worked for me, so good luck to you. Regards.
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)
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)
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?
I am trying to get dog urine stains off my beige carpet without spending alot of money.
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.
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?
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.
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.