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Cleaning Urine Odors from Carpet

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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.


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By 1 found this helpful
September 6, 2013

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.


January 5, 20160 found this helpful

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

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August 15, 20171 found this helpful

Vinegar does not work we have tried that we have tried everything and we are getting no results we have cleaned our carpet many times I have done the vinegar and baking soda I have tried to paste baking soda none of it works I have tried a urine defense that didn't work it's to the point now where we have to get rid of our rug

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August 15, 20170 found this helpful

Nature's Miracle is sold on amazon and in pet stores. It does a great job

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September 20, 20170 found this helpful

Is it wall to wall carpeting? The smell is probably in the pad and possibly the floori g undermeath. My advice... ODOR MUTE.


It is an excellent product and simple to use. The key is getting contact with all of the smelly bits which meand thoroughly saturating to as deep as the urine soaked. Once you get it all contacted, the smell will no longer emanate from the spot. If it's been smelley for a long time, you may need to treat upholstry, draperies, walls and anything around that could have gotten stunk up from the lingering reek, if you want the room to not smell bad anymore. GL! J.

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December 28, 20170 found this helpful

Hi, do you have a link or phone number phone Odor Mute. I'm not having any luck. Thanks

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February 16, 20180 found this helpful

Here is a link on Amazon for that product.

https://www.ama  ed/dp/B0002XJ1D2

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April 11, 20180 found this helpful

But room must be well ventelated will cause respiratory problem. Brought my oxygen levels low

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July 11, 20180 found this helpful

Nature's Miracle is a waste of money. I'm not even dealing with cat or dog urine. I am dealing with a little boy's urine. I rented a Rug Doctor and used expensive enzyme shampoo, bought two gallons of Nature's Miracle, and I used another whole bottle of a different product.


Not only am I left with a sour stench of urine, I am stuck with an aweful smell eminating from Nature's Miracle. One might think I overdid it with product, but this was over a period of time waiting for drying in between applications. Don't buy this stuff, it is aweful.

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August 3, 20180 found this helpful

Did u find a solution as im having the same trouble?

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November 12, 20180 found this helpful

Try regular Gillette shave cream, white foam

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May 15, 20110 found this helpful

My carpet does not have stains it has been cleaned twice, but the urine smell keeps coming back.

By Mary


May 17, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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August 9, 20051 found this helpful

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?

Mix one gallon of white vinegar with one gallon of water. Pour it straight on the area with urine and let is soak the carpet, pad, and sub floor. After letting it sit for about 30 minutes, use a carpet machine to pull out as much solution as you can. Your house may smell like vinegar for a few days, but it will dissipate over time. The vinegar neutralizes the urine smell and your house will smell so clean. Enzymatic cleaners cost approximately $12 -


$15 per 8oz. 1 gallon of vinegar is $2.50. What a savings and just as effective!

By Meari


Removing Urine Smell from Carpet, pad and base flooring.

If you have the dog or other pets you will need to use an enzyme based cleaner, available at most pet stores; even WalMart carries a good one called Pet Out. White vinegar will remove the smell as far as a human is concerned, but will leave enough scent to continue attracting animals to the area. Treat the carpet according to the product directions. If you can get to the under-layment, then you can coat that with any shellac based primer to seal in any remaining scent. It has to be shellac, don't settle for Kilz. (07/07/2004)

By Patti

Removing Urine Smell from Carpet, pad and base flooring.

I agree with Patticat. Once it gets to the under-layment, you will need to use shellac to seal in the smell. If it is in one place, pull up the rug in that area and treat the rug, pad and floor with Pet Out, Nature's Miracle or another enzyme type cleaner. Once the under-layment is dry, coat it with shellac, making sure to go outside the edges of the stain.


When the shellac is dry, put the rug back down and shampoo the carpet in that area. Hopefully that will remove all of the smell. If it is all over the place, it may be necessary to replace the rug. It is easy to tell where the under-layment is ruined once the carpet is up. If the under-layment is warped, you may need to replace it, too. Nasty job but sometimes it's necessary. (07/07/2004)

By Susan Sanders-Kinzel

Removing Urine Smell from Carpet, pad and base flooring.

Go to your local Dollar General Store, and, on the laundry aisle, get a bottle of DG Fabric Refresher Super Strength - $1.50. It's the same as Febreze. Spray liberally on every layer of carpet, pad and floor. Leave to dry. It will lift the odor out; there will be no smell when the spray dries. (I'm sure that Family Dollar has a similar product, also.) (12/12/2004)

By Janet Marilyn Stitt

Removing Urine Smell from Carpet, pad and base flooring.

Get a steam cleaner solution made for pet odors. Steam clean repeatedly. The scent will indeed come up again so this is why it is necessary to steam clean three, four times in the area. In-between efforts use arm and hammer carpet powder for pets and also vacuum the area before steam cleaning. If the smell remains try febreeze (or alternative) and spray liberally every day for a week. This is what I always try to do but is very time consuming as you can see. I personally will be trying the vinegar! (01/23/2005)

By Melody

Removing Urine Smell from Carpet, pad and base flooring.

Use white vinegar and then spray the Stay Off Training aid to help keep the pet from going to the bathroom on the carpet again. (03/10/2005)

By Michelle


Sprinkle borax on the area, rub in, vacuum it up or shampoo, but let borax work for at least a half hour! (08/10/2005)

By K

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September 5, 20100 found this helpful

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


Removing Pet Urine Smell From Carpet

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)

By Holly

Removing Pet Urine Smell From Carpet

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)

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July 15, 20090 found this helpful

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.

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April 30, 20100 found this helpful

How do I remove pet urine odor from a carpet?

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March 30, 20100 found this helpful

Is there a home remedy for getting dog urine smell out of your carpet?

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February 25, 20100 found this helpful

How do I get dog urine smell out of my carpet?

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May 15, 20090 found this helpful

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.

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October 23, 20080 found this helpful

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.

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June 26, 20080 found this helpful

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.

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July 11, 20070 found this helpful

I have pet stains on my carpet. What will clean stains and kill urine odor?

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