Removing and Deodorizing Dog Urine Stains

Terrier Watching Someone Cleanup Dog Urine.

Removing Dog Urine Stains from Carpet

To some, having a puppy or adopting an older dog is often like adding another member to your family. We get those cute little fury animals and, after potty training, most of the pet stain issues are over.

For other pet owners the issues continue and they are faced with the hard task of trying to completely eliminate stains and odors on a regular basis.

If you are a pet owner faced with removing stains, below are cleaning tips that will not only help to remove pet stains and odors, but also to prevent them.

So, whether you have cute little puppies or have an elderly dog companion, these tips will help make your life a little easier when dealing with cleaning issues.

Cleaning Dog Urine from Carpet

The first and foremost issue in effective stain removal is time. Cleaning the stain immediately is crucial so try to attend to the stain as soon as possible. When this is done you will not only be able to reduce the risk of permanent staining, but also reduce the chance of the stain soaking into the pad underneath your carpet.

To clean pet stains from carpet, first, get on your rubber gloves then use clean white paper towels to absorb as much of the liquid as possible. Blot the stain, be sure not to scrub. Repeat this process until no more liquid comes up from the spot.

When you’re done soaking up the liquid, you will still need to follow up with a cleaning solution. Perform the steps below to get your carpets back to fresh and clean.

To Remove the Stain:

  • Mix a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and warm water. Put solution in a spray bottle.
  • Spray the area lightly with the solution to neutralize the odor.
  • Blot area until dry with a clean white cloth. Do not scrub as it may damage the carpet fibers.
  • Repeat if necessary.

To Deodorize:

After removing as much of the stain as possible, use one of the following methods to deodorize.

  • Sprinkle enough baking soda over the stain to completely cover it. Let sit about five minutes.
  • Use the 50/50 warm water and vinegar spray mentioned above and spray the area. Let sit another five minutes.
  •  Blot with a paper towel or clean cloth.


  • Sprinkle plenty of baking soda on the area to completely cover then allow it to sit overnight.
  • The next day, vacuum up the baking soda and the area will be odor free.

If you still notice an odor, try using a natural enzymatic based cleaner.

With any method above, be sure to cover and allow the area to dry thoroughly.

Just remember, the best solution is to act fast. The sooner the better as you’ll have more opportunity to remove all traces of the urine stain and odor.