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How To Remove Dog Urine Stain & Odor From Your Carpet

How To Remove Dog Urine Stain & Odor From Your Carpet

The following method of removing pet urine stains and odors from carpeting has been tried and proven over and over.  The results you get will depend on how accurately you follow the steps noted below as well as the length of time the urine stain has been on your carpet.  It is always best to treat a pet stain as soon as possible after it occurs.

Following is the 4 step method :

1. Absorb the urine

First, check to see if the urine is still wet by dabbing a dry paper towel on the spot. If it absorbs some liquid you should proceed to absorb as much as possible by placing several paper towels on top of the urine soaked area and stepping repeatedly on them. Continue to do this using fresh paper towels until you have absorbed as much of the urine as possible.

This step is very important since allowing the urine to dry on your carpet will permit bacteria to grow which will manifest itself with a nasty odor.

If you find that the urine spot is completely dry after doing the paper towel dab test you should check the surrounding area for other spots. Dogs like to frequent the same general area and, unfortunately, there is a good chance that your pet has relieved his or herself in the same area before.

Some dried urine spots on your carpet may not be visible. A good way to find them is to scan your carpet with a black light.  Black lights are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased at retail stores or online for about $20.00. The dried urine stain will glow under a black light making it easy to find.

A second method is to simply get close to the carpet and sniff (like a dog). Urine usually has a powerful ammonia odor and is easily detected.

 

2. Dilute and neutralize the urine

The most effective way to do this is with a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and regular tap water.  Vinegar will neutralize the ammonia in the dog urine which is the chief odor given off.

Depending on the size of the stain you should use anywhere from a cup of each (white vinegar and water) to several cups for large stains.  You should pour the solution on the stain then gently massage it into the carpet with a soft brush. You can use your fingers to do this but I recommend that you wear rubber gloves if you choose to do it this way.

You are trying to get the solution deep into the carpet where the urine has already penetrated. If possible you should try to lift the carpet up and place a plastic trash bag under it to prevent further saturation of the wood below. Since this is not always practical you may have to proceed without lifting the carpet.

After you have soaked the area with the solution and massaged it in let it sit for about ten minutes. Now you can begin to blot it up using multi-layers of paper towels and stepping on them. Remember to keep replacing them with dry paper towels and stepping repeatedly until the solution has mostly been absorbed.

 

3. Deodorize the stained area

Once the carpet is mostly dry you should spread a layer of baking soda over the entire area. As you probably know baking soda will absorb some of the moisture and most of the remaining odor with it. Now prepare a solution of ½ cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide (do not use a stronger concentration of hydrogen peroxide) with a tablespoon of ivory dishwashing liquid or any other brand of dish-washing liquid. Do not use strong detergents used for washing clothes or powerful household detergents. Dish washing liquid will work best and will not usually harm the color of the carpet.

 

4. Super-clean the area

Pour the mixture (hydrogen peroxide and ivory liquid) over the baking soda (which is already covering the stained area).  Once again you should massage this solution and baking soda into the carpet for a few minutes using either a brush or your fingers. If you use your fingers don’t forget to wear rubber gloves.

Now let this sit on your carpet for several hours until it dries completely. You can use an electric fan or heater with a blower to accelerate the drying process. Be careful not use excessive heat as this may damage the carpet fiber.

5. Vacuum to remove all traces of deodorizing and cleaning agents

Once the carpet is totally dry you should vacuum the area thoroughly. You may have to use a brush to help lift any dried, caked-on baking soda.  For most urine stains one complete application (4 steps) is enough to completely remove both the stain and the odor. However, deeply saturated stains may take two or more repeat applications following each of the above steps.

If you do this carefully you will usually meet with great success permanently removing pet urine stains from your carpet.  However, some stains and carpet materials do not allow for complete stain and odor removal using this method. If the stain and odor persists call your local carpet cleaning pro to see if they can remove the stain for you. There are some stains that are not able to be removed because the carpet color is altered due to the chemical reaction of the urine with the carpet.

 

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