How to Get Dog Pee Out of Carpet
If you own a dog, an occasional pee stain on the carpet is expected. Urine accidents on carpets are inconvenient but are treatable in most cases. As always, the sooner the stain is treated, the more successful the removal will be. Accidents left untreated for long periods can permanently discolor fibers and, unless you remove all traces of the stain, your pet might continue to use that spot to relieve itself.
Read up on the following methods to get dog pee stains out of carpet using items you likely already have in your home.
|Detergent Type||Distilled white vinegar, baking soda, enzyme-based carpet stain remover|
|Water Temperature||Cold water|
Before You Begin
If the pee stain is on an area rug on a hardwood floor, move the rug to a tarp or washable floor before treating the stain. If the wood floor beneath the rug is wet from the pee, remove the rug completely to allow the floor to dry or dark stains may appear.
For the best results:
- Don't ignore the stains. Treat as soon as possible.
- Don't stop cleaning until all of the odor is removed. Your pet may pick up the scent and continue to pee on the spot.
- Don't walk on the carpet until it is completely dry.
What You'll Need
Equipment / Tools
- 1 spray bottle
- 1 soft-bristled brush
- 1 shop vacuum (optional)
- 1 conventional vacuum
- 1 pair disposable or washable gloves
- 1 bottle distilled white vinegar
- 1 box baking soda
- 1 bottle hydrogen peroxide
- 1 bottle enzyme-based carpet stain remover
- 1 roll paper towels
How to Remove Dog Pee From Carpet with a Vinegar Solution
Soak up Liquid
Wearing gloves, use layers of paper towels to absorb as much of the pee as possible from the carpet. Use fresh towels as the liquid is absorbed. Apply as much pressure as you can so you reach the bottom of the carpet fibers. You can also use a wet/dry shop vacuum to absorb the urine.
Create a Cleaning Solution
Mix a solution of one part distilled white vinegar and one part cool water. For easy use, place the solution in a spray bottle.
Saturate the Stain With the Cleaning Solution
Spray the mixture onto the stain. Work from about one inch outside the visibly wet or stained area to the center. Thoroughly saturate the carpet, all the way to its backing and into the padding underneath. Use a soft-bristled brush to work it deep into the fibers.
Blot and Allow the Area to Dry
Blot the solution away using paper towels or a shop vacuum and allow the area to air-dry. Try not to walk or allow the dog back in that area until the carpet is dry. Finally, use a vacuum to lift the carpet fibers if they are crushed.
How to Remove Dog Pee Stains with an Enzyme Carpet Stain Remover
Blot and Follow Label Instructions
There are several carpet stain removers formulated to remove pet urine stains. They contain enzymes that break down the urine molecules and essential oils with aromas that pets usually avoid. After blotting as much urine away as possible, follow the label instructions carefully.
Tackle Old Dog Pee Stains and Carpet Odor
If you didn't find the stain when it was fresh and the pee has dried, there can be staining and the odor will have settled in the fibers and padding under the carpet. Additional treatment is needed to remove these stains.
Use baking soda and a three percent solution of hydrogen peroxide that you commonly find in a drugstore. Be sure the hydrogen peroxide is fresh. If there is no "fizz" when using it on the stain, it's turned into plain water.
Create a Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide Mixture
Sprinkle the stained area with enough baking soda to completely cover the stain. The baking soda should be at least one-fourth inch thick. In a spray bottle, mix one-half cup of hydrogen peroxide and two cups of cool water. Spray this solution onto the carpet and use a soft-bristled brush to work it into the fibers.
Hydrogen peroxide is a mild bleaching agent. It should not be used on a dark-colored carpet without testing it in a hidden area. It can cause fading.
Let the Mixture Work
Allow the mixture to remain on the carpet for at least 15 minutes so it can begin breaking apart the stain molecules.
Remove the Moisture and Air-Dry
Blot the stain with paper towels or use a wet/dry vacuum to absorb the excess moisture. Allow the carpet to air-dry away from direct heat. Repeat the steps if needed, and once the stain is removed, the odor is gone, and the carpet is completely dry, vacuum to lift the fibers.
Additional Tips for Removing Dog Pee Stains From Carpet
- The same cleaning supplies can be used to treat vomit and feces accidents on carpet.
- To freshen the carpet anytime, sprinkle it with dry baking soda and work it into the fibers with a damp soft-bristled brush or broom. Allow it to remain on the carpet for about eight hours and then vacuum it away.
- Regularly clean carpets to keep them fresh. Do not use a steam cleaner until dog pee stains are removed because the excessive heat can set the stains permanently.