How to Remove Pet Urine (and Odor) from Carpet

Last updated on May 17th, 2016 by Garrick Dee

How To Clean Pet Urine From CarpetHaving pets indoors has this inevitability – urine on carpet. There’s no going around it, unless you train your pets to do their business in a specific area this will be a cycle.

The key here is not only cleaning up urine but also removing odor. If your pet still picks up the odor, chances are they’ll take a piss on that same area over and over again. It’s their way of “marking their territory”, a little animal psychology is in play here.

For Fresh Stains

When you spot fresh urine, remove it as quickly as possible. This will lessen the odor and stain afterwards. Use a stack of paper towels and/or newspapers to absorb urine. Experts recommend that you stand on this stack for around a minute so that it absorbs as much as possible. Repeat the process until the area is as dry as possible.

Why not use a towel instead?

You can use a towel but the purpose of using a paper towel and newspaper is two-fold. First obviously is to absorb urine and the second purpose is potty training. Throw both of these into your pet’s litter basket or their designated “pee” zone, that way you transfer the urine scent from the carpet to their litter box and tell them that’s where they’re supposed to pee.

Lastly wash the “crime” scene with cool and clean water. Blot dry with a clean microfiber towel and finish off with a wet/dry vacuum.

Clean those rugs

Put rugs and other washable items in a washing machine. Add around a pound of baking soda to the detergent mixture to help remove odor then air dry outdoors.

After a cleaning cycle in a washing machine, smell the items for traces of pee odor. If you can still smell it, throw them back in the washing machine for another cycle. This time wash them with enzymatic cleaner which is available in pet stores. This product will help break down pet waste odor.

For Stains That Have Set

To spot urine stains on your carpet, turn off the lights then use a black light to spot all soiled areas. Mark those areas down with a chalk.

First clean the soiled areas with a carpet extractor or a wet vacuum that forces clean hot water into carpet to clean soiled areas then extracts dirty water back out.

After cleaning soiled areas with an extractor, treat those soiled areas with pet odor neutralizer available in pet stores. Make sure to follow instructions and test it in a small inconspicuous area first to see if it’ll stain the carpet.

If stains are still present, then try using a carpet stain remover.

Here are some homemade remedies for urine stains:

Vinegar + Baking Soda

To use this effectively pour in vinegar FIRST before adding baking soda. If you do the reverse order, you’ll have a bubbly mess in your hands.

Vinegar acts as the cleaner and baking soda absorbs the stains. Miraculously stains are gone! Check this these photos by Jillee (thank you for sharing this!).

Removing Pet Stains

Before and After

Image source: One Good Thing by Jillee

Use a wet dry vacuum to clean up all that dirty baking soda.

Now it does not say if this technique removes the urine odor. You’ll have to get down on all fours to smell.

Vinegar + Water + Baking Soda + Liquid Dishwashing Detergent + Hydrogen Peroxide

This is actually two homemade cleaners. I found this recipe here.

The first one includes a 50% mixture of water and vinegar. Treat the stained area with this mixture then blot dry with a white towel or paper towel. Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove excess moisture.

Next step is applying baking soda over the affected area.

Then mix one cup hydrogen peroxide (use only 3% max or it’ll stain) and one teaspoon of liquid detergent. Apply this mixture using your hands (wear gloves) on the carpet and allow it to dry. Once it is dry use a vacuum cleaner to clean up.

This will remove both stain and odor based on testimonials that are written.

If you’ve tried any of these techniques or have any of you’re own to share, please comment below.

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