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How to Get Dog Urine Out of Carpet


The first thing to do if you have dog urine in carpet is, naturally, to soak up as much of it as you can as quickly as you can. You can do this using white paper towels or a clean white cotton cloth. Press down and let the cloth absorb as much urine as possible (you may want to wear rubber gloves), but avoid rubbing the spot, which could damage fibers and make the stain and odor harder to remove.

Once you have most of the urine removed you can add a little water and extract that in the same way, using those paper towels or a cotton rag. Add water in small amounts and only to the center of the area affected; otherwise you might spread the dog urine. Do this a few times to flush out most of the urine.

If you have a wet/dry vacuum cleaner use that to extract the urine and to extract the water when flushing the area. In fact, this is often better than using paper towels or cloth because you can easily rinse and extract many times quickly. This is just the start, of course, as there will still be odor, and there will probably be a stain if you did not get to the accident site immediately. So, moving on...

Dog Urine Removal Formula

Mix white vinegar with an equal amount of water, and soak the affected area with this mixture. Work it in lightly with a scrub brush or with your fingers. Then blot this up with paper towels or a cotton cloth, or use a wet/dry shop-vac. This is meant to neutralize the ammonia compounds and so remove the odor.

Here's a helpful video on how to get that dog urine cleaned up and how to keep your carpeting from retaining the odor:

Once the area is almost dry, cover it with a dusting of baking soda and work this into the carpet fibers. Leave this for a few minutes.

Mix a four or five ounces of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of original dawn or other non-perfumed dish detergent. Test this mixture on the carpet in an inconspicuous place, to see if it will affect the color or not. If it doesn't cause any discoloration, pour the mixture over the area--with the baking soda still there--and work it in using rubber gloves. Let this dry (put a fan where it will blow on it to speed the process), and then vacuum the area well.

Now for the bad news; this will not always work. If the urine is soaked down into the padding below the carpet you might not get all the odor out. Put your nose down to the spot to see if there is still the smell of dog urine. If so, your best bet is probably to call a carpet cleaner. Be sure it is one who uses a truck-mount hot water extraction system (sometimes called steam cleaning). These units are the only ones likely to clean deep enough to remove the odor.

Additional Notes

For severe cases of dog urine staining, you might need an ozone generating machine to remove odors completely. A carpet cleaning professional should either have one or know where one can be rented.

You can locate dried stains and small spots that you suspect are there by using a handheld black light. The stains will fluoresce when the light is passed over them (do this when it is relatively dark for best results).

Finally, never use ammonia-based products to remove dog urine from carpet. Ammonia is a component of urine, and if the dog smells it he might pee there again. Check that label before trying a cleaner.

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