Cleaning up after parties

How to Remove Dog Urine Stains From Carpeting

If you have a dog, you might have trained it properly, but occasional accidents still happen indoors. It is best that you clean them up as soon as possible to prevent the dog from sniffing the area and marking the same spot.

Soak Up the Urine

Start by soaking up the urine as soon as you notice it. Even if it looks dry, it might be possible to soak some of it up. This will reduce how much you need to clean it, and hopefully keep it from absorbing into the carpet padding underneath. Get paper towels or a dry towel you don't mind soiling, and place it over the urine stain. Use the pressure from your feet to apply to the towel, letting the urine soak into the towel or paper towel. Now use dry areas of the towel to blot the remaining stain dry. Continue doing this until the majority of the wetness is gone.

Use Baking Soda and Vinegar

The next thing to do is try to absorb the smell and the remainder of the stain in the carpeting. To start with, you can absorb the remaining wetness by sprinkling some baking soda over it, then letting it set for a few minutes. Vacuum up the baking soda, then apply a solution of white distilled vinegar and water to the stain. Use a dry towel to blot at the stain to try to lift it from the carpeting. This not only removes the urine from the carpet, but helps to deodorize it as well. Keep blotting until you get a good amount of the wetness up. If the stain remains, you can try adding more baking soda along with dish detergent and water to scrub at the stain, then blot it up once more. Vacuum the area when you're finished.

Have the Carpet Cleaned

If you have access to a wet-dry vacuum, that can be helpful at removing the stain from the carpeting. If not, or if you're not sure how to use one properly, it might be time to get help from professional carpet cleaners. They can come out and not only clean the problem areas, but clean the entire carpeting. They will be able to deodorize the carpet so your dog doesn't want to mark it again, remove the visible stains and hopefully clean the padding underneath as well. Getting your carpets cleaned regularly when you have pets is always a good idea.