The first thing to do if you have dog urine in carpet is,
naturally, to soak up as much of it as you can as quickly as
you can. You can do this using white paper towels or a clean
white cotton cloth. Press down and let the cloth absorb as much
urine as possible (you may want to wear rubber gloves), but avoid
rubbing the spot, which could damage fibers and make the stain
and odor harder to remove.
Once you have most of the urine removed you can add a little
water and extract that in the same way, using those paper towels
or a cotton rag. Add water in small amounts and only to the center
of the area affected; otherwise you might spread the dog urine.
Do this a few times to flush out most of the urine.
If you have a wet/dry vacuum cleaner use that to extract the
urine and to extract the water when flushing the area. In fact,
this is often better than using paper towels or cloth because
you can easily rinse and extract many times quickly. This is
just the start, of course, as there will still be odor, and there
will probably be a stain if you did not get to the accident site
immediately. So, moving on...
Dog Urine Removal Formula
Mix white vinegar with an equal amount of water, and soak
the affected area with this mixture. Work it in lightly with
a scrub brush or with your fingers. Then blot this up with paper
towels or a cotton cloth, or use a wet/dry shop-vac. This is
meant to neutralize the ammonia compounds and so remove the odor.
Here's a helpful video on how to
get that dog urine cleaned up and how to keep your carpeting
from retaining the odor:
Once the area is almost dry, cover it with a dusting of baking
soda and work this into the carpet fibers. Leave this for a few
Mix a four or five ounces of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon
of original dawn or other non-perfumed dish detergent. Test this
mixture on the carpet in an inconspicuous place, to see if it
will affect the color or not. If it doesn't cause any discoloration,
pour the mixture over the area--with the baking soda still there--and
work it in using rubber gloves. Let this dry (put a fan where
it will blow on it to speed the process), and then vacuum the
Now for the bad news; this will not always work. If the urine
is soaked down into the padding below the carpet you might not
get all the odor out. Put your nose down to the spot to see if
there is still the smell of dog urine. If so, your best bet is
probably to call a carpet cleaner. Be sure it is one who uses
a truck-mount hot water extraction system (sometimes called steam
cleaning). These units are the only ones likely to clean deep
enough to remove the odor.
For severe cases of dog urine staining, you might need an
ozone generating machine to remove odors completely. A carpet
cleaning professional should either have one or know where one
can be rented.
You can locate dried stains and small spots that you suspect
are there by using a handheld black light. The stains will fluoresce
when the light is passed over them (do this when it is relatively
dark for best results).
Finally, never use ammonia-based products to remove dog urine
from carpet. Ammonia is a component of urine, and if the dog
smells it he might pee there again. Check that label before trying