Cleaning dog urine is best done when the stain is new. However, you can still get rid of the stain if it has already been set, say, into your carpeting. It just takes a little bit more patience. You just need to use the right chemicals and be patient as most stains of this type can be eradicated with a little effort if not perseverance.
For a New Stain, Sponge a Carpeted Area with Water or Club Soda
If the urine stain is fresh and covers a spot on your carpeting, immediately sponge the area with some water or club soda. Follow by combining 1 part mild dishwashing liquid with 8 parts of water and apply the solution with a few drops of ammonia to the area using an absorbent pad. Blot the area so you’re working from the outside of the stain towards the middle so the strain won’t spread. Keep replacing the pads as you blot up the stain. Also, make sure you continue to blot the stain. Never rub a stain, especially any produced on carpeting. Keep picking up the stain with absorbent pads moistened with the soap and water mixture and a little ammonia. Rinse or flush the area well with water.
Apply Soap and Water with Several Drops of White Vinegar
Apply the soap and water combination with an absorbent pad, but with several drops of white vinegar this time. Flush or rinse the area completely with water, and repeat the process if needed. Allow the area to dry and apply rug shampoo following the label directions. If there’s too much moisture after blotting the area, place about a 3/4″ thick stack of white cloth towels over the spot and weigh them down with a heavy object.
If the Stain has Set, Apply Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol to the Area
If the urine stain has set into the carpet, then you’ll need to take more drastic measures. Mix 2 parts of water with isopropyl rubbing alcohol and apply by tamping the area with an absorbent pad moistened with the mixture. Keep changing the pad as the stain is lifted from the carpet. Allow the area to dry. Make sure that the carpet is colorfast first by testing an inconspicuous area of the rug with the alcohol to make sure you don’t remove any of the color. Typically, if you dilute the mixture, it should be safe for use.
Clean the Area of a Set Stain after Applying Rubbing Alcohol
After applying the rubbing alcohol and waiting for it to dry, follow up by cleaning the area of the set stain by mixing 1 teaspoon mild detergent, 1 teaspoon of white vinegar and 1 quart of warm water together. Apply the mixture with an absorbent pad and rinse. Allow the carpet to dry before vacuuming. Use a white terry cloth towel to blot up any excess moisture and brush the nap.
Apply Baking Powder to Remove Odor
Once an area of staining has been shampooed or has dried, sprinkle the area with some baking soda to remove any odors before vacuuming.
Keep the following information in mind and you’ll be well-prepared if your doggy has an accident.