You wake up in the morning or come home from work and your dog has a “surprise” for you: a pee stain on the carpet. This is a problem, from two points of view. Dog urine can leave a permanent, visible stain on the carpet. It also has a persistent smell.
Stay Calm and Solve the Issue
The good news is that you can remove dog pee completely from your carpet, using regular products you certainly have at home. Our tips will help you clean your carpet whether you’ve just caught your dog in the act or you have to deal with a dried pee stain.
Case 1 – Clean a Fresh Pee Stain
This step is applicable to situation when your dog has just finished peeing on the carpet. The first thing you have to do is try to remove as much of it as possible using rags or paper towels. Press vigorously into the carpet, so that you absorb as much urine as possible.
Next, use fresh water to clean the area. Pour the water on the stain, and then use paper towels to soak it up. Afterwards, put a little vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the area of the stain.
Finally, get some baking soda and pour it over the vinegar. You will notice foam forming on the surface of the carpet. Cover the area with a paper towel and leave it for 24 hours. Rinse the surface and let it dry.
Case 2 – Cleaning a Dried Pee Stain
In some cases, you may not notice that your dog urinated on the floor until the stain is already dry. In this situation, to get dog pee stain out of carpet, you have two cleaning options.
Dish Soap Solution
Dish soap can remove stubborn grease from your cooking pot, so it is very good for dry pee stains, as well. Mix a teaspoon of dish soap with one cup of warm water. Soak the stain with the mixture and then use paper towels to blot the area. Repeat the process as many times as you need.
If you want to speed up the cleaning, use an old toothbrush to rub in the soap and water mixture, but not too vigorously, otherwise you may damage the carpet.
Vinegar, Baking Soda and Peroxide
This is the “heavy-duty” cleaning solution for difficult stains. Mix vinegar and water in equal proportions and blot the stain with a cloth imbibed in the solution. Next, pour more vinegar solution over the stain. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the area and then apply a thin layer of baking soda. Lastly, mix half a cup of peroxide with one teaspoon of dish soap. Pour the mix over the stain and leave it to dry.
Case 3 – Getting Rid of Urine Smell
The stain may be gone, but the pee smell persists on the carpet. In this case, cornstarch is your best ally. Pour it in generous quantity over the area (apply water if the carpet is already dry). Wait for 30 minutes and then rinse with water. Use paper towels to blot the area.