How to Remove Dog Urine from Carpet

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Your dog is a true four-legged friend, and sometimes urine around the house is far from an uncommon scenario.

Aside from behavior training and health checks at the vet, you will have to get the carpets and rugs free from stains.

For canine lovers around the world, enjoying your dog’s company without the smell and stains of urine can be an essential question.

Read on to find out how to remove dog urine from your carpets in a pet-friendly way.

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Among the many products on the market to help remove dog urine stains and smell, you want the most effective and easy methods working for you.

How to Clean Dog Urine from Carpet

Method 1: Use an Enzyme Remover

Your first defense to set in urine stains is a dog urine enzymatic formula.

Apply the formula onto the stain and wait 10 minutes. During this time, it will break down the stains.

Then use a cloth to blot up the excess.

The formula is safe for pets when used for stains and wiped up thoroughly.

You can use this method for carpets, hard floors, furniture, and clothing. It will get rid of the urine odor and sticky messes.

Method 2: Carpet Cleaner

If you’ve got a house full of carpet, or large rugs, you’ll want to invest in a carpet cleaner.

On the budget side, the Turbo cleaner/shampooer on Amazon works well.

Use the carpet cleaning solution that it comes with, which is formulated for pet stains.

Or add your own carpet cleaner, which is adding an equivalent of hydrogen peroxide into the water tank. Hydrogen peroxide from the drugstore is safe around pets because it breaks down into water and oxygen. It’s also environmentally-friendly.

For stubborn stains, you’ll want to pre-treat by spraying and soaking the stain with hydrogen peroxide.

You’ll get the stain out with a few swipes of the carpet cleaner. That makes it super easy if you’ve got urine stains around the house.

If you want to do the job quickly, you’ll want a heavy-duty carpet cleaner like the Big Green Machine.

The one I have is the Bissell ProHeat for pets. It’s like the little brother of the professional Big Green and more maneuverable (only half the weight of Big Green). I preferred it for carrying up and down a two-story house and quickly cleaning before guests come over.

These carpet cleaners work super well even on old stains.

If your dog doesn’t often pee on the carpet, you will want something small like the Little Green Machine. It’s for spot stains. I still have mine but prefer to use the big machine to clean large areas all at once.

As with every new solution to clean your carpet or rug, do test a small area first to make sure that you don’t damage your beautiful rug.

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Method 3: Vinegar Method

For spot stains of carpets and rugs, mix an equal amount of water and vinegar in a small bucket.

Then put the solution in the place where you smell the dog urine or you can see the stain.

Let the solution sit there for 5 minutes and then rinse it off the rug. To wash and soak up the vinegar, you can use a ShopVac or a spot carpet cleaner, like the Little Green Machine.

You will have to let the vinegar sit longer if there is a lot of calcium buildup, usually if it’s one of your dog’s favorite spot to urinate.

Although a carpet cleaner will make your life easier with a frequently-staining canine, you can get away with using towels to soak up the vinegar solution.

Repeat this method a few times until the stain is gone.

Then use water to remove the vinegar.

The vinegar will break down the stain and remove the dog urine smell from your carpet.

Method 4: Baking Soda Method

This method is best to use after the vinegar and water method. You need to cover the area with baking soda and let it sit for a while.

Then mix one cup of water with a drop of dish soap. Spray this mixture on the baking soda and scrub with a microfiber cloth.

Then let the solution sit until it gets dry. You can use an old toothbrush to rub the area to make sure that the urine stain has gone away.

Lastly, vacuum the carpets to remove the dried baking soda.


These simple methods are effective at removing dog urine from your carpets, easily.

It will help you get clean and smell-free carpets for you and your pets’ enjoyment.

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