If you’ve witnessed your pet urinating on the carpet, take action immediately. The sooner you can get the urine up, the less time it has to set in and leave stains and odors behind. Then there are those times when you discover older messes or stains that have already set.
Every dog owner deals with accidents from time to time. Whether you’re house-training a new puppy, caring for an elderly dog, or giving a rescue dog a refresher course, learning how to get stubborn dog pee smell out of carpets comes with the territory. For more information on carpets, click here and you’ll be guided to the things you should know in taking good care of your matting.
Fortunately for you, we’ve compiled tips and tricks to clean up after your pup and get rid of that lingering pee smell depending on the stains on your carpet. We’ve also put together a list of recommended products to help you keep your home clean and odor-free.
Fresh or New Stains
For pet stains that are still wet, start by soaking up as much of the urine as possible. Make a thick layer of paper towels and place it on the wet spot, then cover that with newspapers or the absorbent side of a pee pad. Apply your weight on this padding for a minute or so. Repeat until the area is only slightly damp. Rinse the area with cool, clean water and blot dry.
You won’t always be there when your pet has an accident. Once stains have set into your carpet, you have to take different measures. Consider renting a carpet cleaner, then use a pet odor neutralizer once the area is clean. A carpet stain remover might be needed if the area still looks stained after it has dried.
Old urine messes that have dried can be challenging to locate. If you detect a hint of odor in the air, you’ll have to get down and sniff out the soiled area. Mark the soiled area and follow the steps for removing set-in stains.
Another option is making your own carpet cleaning solution. The following solutions are known to work, but be sure to test a small area of the carpet first, and don’t scrub too hard—gently blot instead:
Baking soda and vinegar: Spray white vinegar on the stain, then sprinkle baking soda over it. Cover the area with a towel and leave it for a day or two. After that, scoop up the dried baking soda, rinse with cool water, then blot dry with paper towels.
Dishwashing detergent: Mix a quarter teaspoon of dishwashing detergent with a cup of warm water. Put this in a spray bottle, apply to the stain, then towel dry. Repeat if necessary.
Store-bought Stain Removers
You can buy a bottled pet urine stain remover from the store. Before buying, read the label to be absolutely sure the formula is non-toxic for your pets. Start the cleaning process by blotting away as much of the stain as you possibly can. Apply your stain remover to the area according to the instructions on the label, rinse the area of cleaner, then blot dry. Don’t use too much cleaner, or you risk leaving behind a sticky residue that won’t help the situation.