Dog Urine Smell Removal
Dog Urine Stain
and Odor Removal from Carpets
Homemade recipe to clean dog urine using
common household products
How to get rid of dog urine smells
and stains out of carpets and rugs.
This home remedy for cleaning
dog urine from
carpets is easy and inexpensive and it
really works! Below is a recipe which removes dog
urine smell and stains
from carpets and rugs even if the urine has dried and is old.
For whatever reason your dog has peed on the
carpet the outcome is the same. A smelly carpet! When your dog pees on the
carpet it leaves an odor that your dog may repeatedly return to. Avoid using
ammonia based products to clean dog urine. One of the ingredients of dog urine
is ammonia and he may well be encouraged to re-offend in the same area.
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If the area is still wet you should first attempt to absorb the dog
urine. Leaving it there to dry out will only encourage bacterial growth
which causes the smell.
The best method to to remove the dog urine is to use a wet/dry vacuum. If
you don't own one an alternative method is to place several layers of paper towel over the wet
urine area and tread on it so as to soak up as much of the dog urine as
you possibly can. You may have to repeat this several times until no
more dog urine can be soaked up.
Sometimes dog urine accidents have
already dried because you did not notice them previously. You can find
dried urine spots on your carpet with the aid of a black light. The dog
urine stains will fluoresce
under the ultra violet light in a darkened room. Hand held
black lights are quite inexpensive usually costing between $15 - $25.
Of course, you can always save the
expense of a black light. Find the urine spots by using your nose. Just
get down on your carpet and sniff and find the offensive urine odors
Mix a solution of fifty percent white vinegar and
fifty percent water. Use a spray bottle to apply the vinegar
solution to the carpet. Work the solution
into the carpet with a soft brush (or your fingers) to ensure it
penetrates the carpet fibers below.
Then blot the area using the paper towel
method above to absorb the vinegar mixture. The vinegar will
neutralize the ammonia in the dog urine.
If you own a wet/dry vacuum extractor use it
to remove excess moisture.
Step 3 When the area has dried or almost dried sprinkle a
good handful of baking soda over the soiled area.
Mix half a cup of 3%
hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of Dish Soap detergent. Plain
liquid dishwashing detergent is required. Do not use caustic
(Explanation. Dish Soap or Dishwashing Detergent? Different countries
call it different names. It is what you use to wash dishes in your sink.
For example, Dawn, Palmolive, Fairy etc. Do not use Detergent that you
put in your dishwasher)
Pour the 3% hydrogen peroxide and dishwashing detergent mixture
over the baking soda.
Alternatively you can use a spray bottle for the hydrogen peroxide/dish
washing detergent solution.
Caution: Do not use Hydrogen Peroxide that is higher than 3% strength
Stronger strengths may bleach a carpet.
Then work the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mixture well into the
carpet with your fingers (put on some rubber gloves) or use a brush.
Allow the area to dry completely. Once
the area is thoroughly dry, vacuum up the baking soda. A fan or heater
can assist drying. The baking soda absorbs the odor and urine. (Use a hard bristled brush to loosen up the baking
soda if necessary.)
That's all there is to it. Your carpet
will smell fresh and free from urine odor.
If you don't have hydrogen peroxide on hand you can
substitute it with a laundry spray stain remover. Check the bottle. If it
says 'Oxy' anywhere on the label then it probably contains hydrogen
peroxide. Preen, Sard, OxiClean etc.
Hydrogen peroxide can be purchased from
your drug store (US) Chemist or Pharmacy (UK or Australia)
This recipe is for one small area of
dog urine. For larger areas you will need to adjust the
quantities of ingredients used. Feel free to experiment.
In areas that have been heavily soiled
with dog urine you may have to repeat the process again.
It is highly recommended that you perform
a small spot test in an inconspicuous area before proceeding with the
Peroxide. Do not use Hydrogen
Peroxide that is higher in concentrate than
Bleaching may occur on some carpets with a stronger solution.
Read the label on the Hydrogen
Peroxide carefully. The label will state the strength.
(In some countries hydrogen peroxide is measured in volume. Use no higher than
Dog or Cat
Urine may alter the chemical nature of dyes in
carpets causing discoloration, bleaching or dye run.
The picture at right shows how
dog or cat urine can bleach colors in some carpets.
This carpet has
NOT been treated with the above recipe. The bleaching
occurred as a result of pet urine.
Please be aware that the above
recipe cannot reverse bleaching which has been caused by dog
or cat urine.
Important. Never use ammonia or
ammonia-based products on the carpet to remove pet pee. One of the
ingredients of urine is ammonia and your dog or puppy may well be
encouraged to re-offend in the same area if it detects the smell of
ammonia. Many household cleaner cleaners contain ammonia so be sure to
read the label.