Oh puppies. With their big eyes, wagging tails, and playful pounces, they’re just so hard to resist! Even the most hardened heart can be softened after playing with a pup. But as much as you may love their adorable faces and fuzzy ears, I doubt that you’ll enjoy potty-training your puppy. Like roses with thorns, puppies are both lovable and frustrating; for every sweet kiss and cuddle, there’s crying, nipping, gnawed furniture, begging at dinner, and, of course, peeing in the house. Whether you’re potty-training your new puppy or cleaning up after an older dog, it’s essential that every dog owner knows how to clean dog urine from carpet properly. With our tips, you can learn how to remove the urine you see, the urine you don’t see, and the odors that linger afterward.
How to Clean Dog Urine from Carpet
First, use paper towels to soak up as much urine as possible. Pile up a few layers and place them on the stain, weighing them down with something heavy like a brick. You could also stand (wearing shoes, of course) on top of the padding. Keep the paper towels pressed down for about a minute, remove, and repeat as needed. If you’re able to do this soon after the dog’s accident, you should be able to soak up most of the urine. When the area is barely damp, rinse it with water and then blot up the remaining liquid.
Of course knowing how to clean dog urine from carpet goes beyond simply removing most of the offending yellow liquid. You’ll also need to use a basic carpet cleaner (following the directions on the bottle) to effectively clean the accident zone. Then, use a high-quality pet odor neutralizer (available at pet supply stores) to completely remove the odor.
Avoid using cleaning chemicals with strong odors, like those containing ammonia or vinegar. These don’t clean carpet and eliminate carpet odor in the same way carpet cleaners and pet odor neutralizers do. From your dog’s perspective, the smell will still be there (remember that Fido’s sense of smell is far better than yours) and may encourage your dog to pee there again, reinforcing his or her scent mark in that area.
It’s also a bad idea to use steam cleaners, which can set the stain permanently. Instead of cleaning the carpet, steam cleaners sometimes attach the urine and its odor to the carpet fibers.
If you need to know how to clean dog urine from carpet when the stain has been there for a long time (and already dried and set), you may want to rent an extractor or wet vac. This will remove all traces of the scent by forcing water through your carpet. Follow the machine’s instructions and avoid using chemical cleaners (which do not work as effectively as plain old water). If you can smell the accident but you can’t see it, use a black light to locate the stain.
Or if the stain just won’t budge (or the smell still lingers), consider contacting a professional carpet cleaning company. With their heavy-duty equipment and carpet cleaning expertise, the stain won’t stand a chance.