This is an updated article on How to Remove Urine Stains.
As a dog owner, whether you have an older, incontinent dog, are puppy housetraining, or have a male dog who marks his territory, you will no doubt have to deal with a urine accident on the carpet at some point.
As a dog owner myself, I’ve experimented with many products and methods over the years and have decided on the best system for cleaning and removing dog pee from the carpet that works well every time. It’s also eco-friendly and doesn’t use any harsh chemicals. The most important fact when cleaning up a doggy urine stain is to remove as much of the urine as you can out of the carpet before you begin to treat it. Cleaning chemicals and odour-fighting treatments will not work if there is any sign of urine in your floor covering and carpet underlay.
Its most probable that if you’ve been out of the house for a few hours, your pet’s urine stain may have been there for a while, and it’s important to tackle it as soon as possible before bacteria begins to develop in the soiled area, which can lead to smelly odours.
The first thing you need to do is to do a spot test on an area of carpet that’s not usually seen, say under your sofa or in the corner of the room, out of sight. Don’t be tempted to use a steam-cleaner on these pet pee stains, as the heat can actually adhere the protein in the urine onto the carpet fibres, leaving you with a virtual, permanent smell.
Our tested method for removing stains from carpet
- Using a towel, press firmly onto the urine stain. Keep moving the towel to another dry area, and use it to absorb as much of the urine as you can. If need be, stand on the towel and apply as much pressure as you can to draw up the moisture from the carpet and underlay below. Repeat until the towel is almost dry, as it’s vitally important that you absorb as much of the pee as possible to eliminate odours.
- Make up a mix of 50% water and 50% white vinegar enough to cover the stain and to reach down into the fibres of the carpet. Vinegar will neutralise the ammonia smell without harming the carpet. (Don’t use cider or malt vinegar obviously, or they will stain)
- Pour the vinegar and water solution onto the urine patch, and work into the carpet fibres. You can use a scrubbing brush or a towel to do this. Leave in place for around 10 minutes.
- Using a paper towel or a dry cotton towel, blot up the liquid by pressing firmly onto the patch and standing on the towel, as previously if need be, to draw up as much moisture as you can.
- When the carpet is totally dried, perhaps overnight is best. Take some baking soda, and sprinkle over the area of the stain. Allow this to settle into the fibres for around 15 minutes, then vacuum up. At this stage, it’s wise to use a stairgate or an upturned laundry basket to keep your dog away from the carpet while the baking soda is in use, as if any is swallowed, it can cause a stomach upset for your dog.
If you don’t have much success with this cleaning method, you may need to use a carpet cleaning machine or hire one from your local store for a few pounds. This will give a deep clean to your carpet and remove any stubborn stains. If all else fails, hire a professional carpet cleaning expert, who will have a wide range of equipment and chemicals at their disposal to remove odours and clean your carpet, leaving it to look as good as new.
Removing urine stains from upholstery
There may be times when your pet has an accident on your sofa, and although the most expensive upholstered seating will need to be professionally cleaned, you can attempt to remove the stain yourself. Place 1 tablespoon of washing up liquid with around 2 cups of water, and using a small sponge, dab onto the upholstery. Don’t use a rubbing or scrubbing motion, as this could easily damage the fabric. Use a dry cloth to place over the area, and press to blot up the liquid.
Before you get too upset with your dog, remember that accidents do happen. Don’t scold your pet, especially if a puppy or a senior dog, who may not be able to hold his bladder until you get home.