Trying to get the dog pee smell out of carpet is a frustrating task that comes with being a dog owner.
Over the years, I’ve had to deal a dog peeing in the house from:
- A dog learning potty training
- A dog with separation anxiety
- Guest dogs we were sitting that were confused about where to go potty
- A senior dog with incontinence issues
Although I’ve found many ways to deal with a senior dog that pees in the house, there will always be the occasional puddle on the carpet to clean up.
UPDATED: December 31, 2022
Ideally, I would have wood floors in our house so we can use area rugs that can be replaced if they get too stained or smelly.
However, our house had carpet when we moved in and we haven’t been able to replace it.
If you have permanently installed carpet, dealing with dog pee can be a real mess – pun intended.
Once the pee soaks into the carpet pad below, getting the smell out is near impossible.
I try to clean any dog pee accidents on the rug as best I can but the pee smell is strong and I fear it my houseguests can smell it.
With the help of Sears Carpet Cleaning, I’ve compiled some of the best tips to remove the smell of dog urine out of your carpets.
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DIY Solutions for Getting the Dog Pee Smell Out of Your Carpet
With some good old fashioned elbow grease, and the right cleaning solution, you can get most pee smell and stains out of carpet, even after it has dried.
At least to a level where you no longer see or smell it.
Below are some different carpet cleaning solutions you can use.
Vinegar and Baking Soda
Many people have tried the vinegar plus baking soda technique and been successful at removing pet stains and odors.
The great thing about this method is that it’s natural and you probably already have the supplies in your pantry.
This method isn’t 100% reliable, but it is always worth a try.
To clean using this method:
- Start with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water.
- Pour the solution on the spot, get out your scrub brush, and put some elbow grease into cleaning the mess up.
The vinegar neutralizes the ammonia in the urine, which is the first step of eliminating the odor.
- Once the spot on the carpet is dry, sprinkle baking soda on top of it.
- After that, get some detergent and hot water and scrub it again – this time like you’ve never scrubbed before!
Once the area is dry again, run the vacuum over it a couple of times and you’re set!
Commercial Pet Stain & Odor Removers
Pre-made products designed to remove pet and stain odors from carpets are convenient.
They’re usually a one-step process and you can grab them in seconds.
As with the vinegar and baking soda method, they don’t always work but they’re certainly worth a try.
I’ve used several different ones and their effectiveness has really varied.
My favorites are:
- Biokleen Bac-Out Stain and Odor Eliminator (my #1 fav right now)
- Nature’s Miracle Advanced
- Skout’s Honor Urine Destroyer
The instructions for how to use the cleaner varies and can be found on the back of the container.
However, it usually requires that you to:
- Soak up as much of the dog pee as you can
- Saturate the area with the cleaner
- Wait a while (sometimes up to 30 minutes)
- Soak up as much of the cleaner as you can
- Allow the area to dry naturally.
Bleach + Carpet Cleaner
This should always be your worst-case-scenario option when it comes to cleaning stains.
Be sure to only use bleach on white carpets because colored carpets will fade.
If you’re going to use bleach, make sure to open any nearby windows and keep your pets in a completely different room to prevent the fumes from affecting them.
One thing to keep in mind is that bleach itself won’t clean the carpet.
You will still need to thoroughly clean it using a carpet brush and carpet shampoo or cleaner to remove the pet odor.
Using bleach and the carpet cleaner can be effective, but should not be your first option.
Professional Carpet Cleaning Services
While home remedies can work on light stains and smells on your carpet, pet owners who experience frequent accidents from their canines might need to bring out the big guns.
The most reliable and efficient way to get rid of those pet stains and smells is to get a professional carpet cleaning crew to your house.
Professional carpet cleaners are highly-skilled technicians who are trained in removing tough odors and stains.
They will get your carpet clean from top to bottom and rejuvenate spots that seem to be at the point of no return.
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Dealing with pet urine is certainly not fun, but it’s inevitable. Even the cutest of pups have accidents sometimes.
Most pet stains and odors can be removed, or at least greatly reduced, with one of several carpet cleaning techniques, even if the pet urine has already dried.
If you choose to use a home remedy, always make sure the items you’re using to clean your carpet are pet-friendly and block off the area of the room so your 4-legged pal doesn’t get hurt or sick from the carpet cleaning solution.
If large area of carpet needs to be cleaned, or the pet stains have been there for a long time, you may want to consider hiring a commercial carpet cleaning company.
About the Author
Hi, I’m Jessica. I’ve been studying the Dachshund breed since 2007, owned 3 of my own, and shared in the lives of thousands of others through their owner’s stories. When I’m not sharing what I know on this blog, you can find me hiking, camping, and traveling with my adventurous wiener dogs.