Cleaning urine from your carpet incorrectly can lead to permanent stains, foul odors, and repeat accidents. Follow these simple steps to keep your floors looking and smelling fresh after your pet has an unexpected accident. No matter how well potty trained your pet might be, accidents happen—and more often than not, they happen on rugs and carpets. These easy steps will teach you how to clean pet pee from your floors and share safe and effective cleaning products you should be using to do so. Plus, learn how you can work with your pet to avoid repeat accidents in the future.
If you find yourself needing to clean up a dog or cat pee stain from your carpet though, luckily it’s not a very difficult task when done correctly.
Before you start scrubbing, make sure you have all the cleaning supplies you need to clean your rug or carpet while keeping proper hygiene in mind.
The following steps will help you clean pee stains from the carpet effectively so that you don’t have any leftover residue:
Using a thick layer of paper towel, blot the stain to remove as much moisture as possible.
Distilled white vinegar is the go-to household item to get rid of pet urine stains. “Dilute vinegar with water for a 1:1 ratio and spray on the stain,” recommends Caitlin Sole, senior associate home editor for Better Homes and Gardens online. To make sure the vinegar is safe on your area rug or carpet, first spot-test on a small corner or discreet area, Sole adds..
Once applied, let the vinegar sit for a few minutes before blotting dry. Repeat as necessary to remove odors.
Baking soda is an excellent ingredient to help eliminate stubborn odors for good. “Sprinkle it on your rug or carpet as needed, and let it sit for at least 15 minutes or longer for set-in odors,” Sole says. The editor, who owns a Great Pyrenees, will sometimes let the baking soda sit overnight for best results.
Once the area is dry, thoroughly vacuum the carpet to remove any excess baking soda and check the stain to make sure it’s really gone.
Carbona’s Oxy-Powered Pet Stain & Odor Remover, for instance, is an enzyme-based cleaner that removes cat and dog pee stains and neutralizes odors to keep pets from returning to the scene for repeat accidents. Rocco & Roxie’s Stain and Odor Eliminator is also a popular choice among pet parents to remove urine stains and smells.