How Do You Get Rid of Pet Urine Smell in Carpet? Quick Guide

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Ok, so you’ve been working late at the office, held up in commuter traffic or out and about running errands and doggy walk time has unfortunately passed you by.

Pooch has done his best to hold it in until you get back, but he just couldn't wait until you arrive home to that unmistakable odor of urine on your carpet.

Or worse, he’s picked the perfect place to relieve himself, in a spot you weren’t aware of and haven’t yet removed the smell, making it a prime place for more!

In this article, we will look at some great tips to get your carpet smelling fresh and clean in no time.

How do you get rid of the pet urine smell in carpet?
In order to completely get rid of unwanted urine stains and odors on your carpet, it’s important to discover whether the urine is old or fresh. Follow our great tips on how to completely remove the odor and stain and use a non-toxic, fabric safe and eco-friendly Instant Pet Odor Remover.

Let’s take a closer look at the most important part. Where do you start?

Where do I start?

When your dog relieves himself on your carpet, there are a few issues you need to address to make sure you use the correct fix.

  • The type of smell: stale or a newer urine smell
  • How long has the stain been there? For instance, is it a fresh stain or one that you may have previously overlooked?
  • How much carpet is involved with the saturation?

What’s the best dog urine remover? You might be surprised to know that it’s plain old water. Below are some tips on the first steps to take to get dog urine out of carpet as soon as you find his “oops” spot(s).

So, once you have worked out a few basics, it’s time to get to work! Take a look below at our super tips on how to get rid of fresh urine your pet has left on your carpet.

How to remove fresh wet urine from your carpet

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  • Place a few layers of paper towels over the carpet to soak up the urine
  • Cover the paper towels with a clean towel and additional paper towels
  • Place a clean towel under the affected area if possible, for example, if the urine is on a rug
  • Press firmly into the stain with an old, clean shoe or something else that you don’t mind getting urine on to help absorb as much of the urine as possible
  • Replace the paper towels or towels if they become soaked and if required, repeat
  • Once the urine is soaked up, rinse the area with cool water, and be sure to soak up the water with towels or wet vac. If you use a towel, make sure it’s been washed multiple times, so the dye from the towel is not transferred to the carpet.
  • After the area is thoroughly dry, vacuum the carpet

So, with that useful information above, it may be that although you can’t see the urine stain, meaning that your pet has recently done it, it could be you are smelling it from a past episode, you didn’t notice.

Let’s suppose your pooch has previously left urine on your carpet, which you may have overlooked, let’s take a look into how you should deal with it.

How to remove older pet urine stains from your carpet

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  • Find the exact location of the stain with a UV flashlight
  • Thoroughly rinse the stain with water. A carpet cleaner will do the best job since it saturates the carpet with clean water and sucks up the dirty water. Apply a pet odor neutralizer
  • Be sure to follow the instructions and test a hidden area of the carpet first to make sure the neutralizer doesn’t stain the carpet
  • Allow the spot to completely dry

If the area still looks stained after drying out, use a high-quality carpet stain remover. Just note that the Humane Society suggests that you do not use cleaning chemicals, like ammonia or vinegar. Neither of them actually remove the odor, and the strong scent of the chemicals may entice your dog to further mark his territory.

What if the urine has soaked through to the padding under my carpet?

If the urine has soaked into the padding under your carpet, you may have no choice but to replace that area of the carpet and padding. Once the carpet pad is wet, it’s extremely difficult (if not impossible) to clean and dry it.

One really important tip to remember is never use a steam cleaner. The heat from a steam cleaner permanently sets the stain and odor.

So now you are armed with the fixes to get rid of old urine stains for good, you can get straight to it with our instant urine odor remover, it’s totally non-toxic and safe for both you and your pet. Once you’ve done that, then it’s important to find out why your pet insists on leaving urine on your carpet, so you can get the root of any underlying issue.

"One really important tip to remember is to NEVER use a steam cleaner. The heat from a steam cleaner permanently sets the stain and odor."

Why might my dog be soiling my carpet?

Let’s start with the most common reasons your dog may be urinating on your carpet.

Territory marking

Dogs use their urine and sometimes their feces to mark areas they consider to be theirs. Marking their territory lets other dogs know that they are present. Urine also signifies the reproductive status of the dog and its ranking. Dogs who aren’t spayed or neutered are more likely to mark than those who haven’t.

Medical Issues

Before determining if your dog is genuinely just marking territory, it’s important to rule out some medical issues.

sick pet
  • Incontinence - which is when a dog “leaks” or completely releases the bladder without meaning to. Most dogs who are incontinent don’t realize they’ve soiled
  • Urinary tract infection - it could be that the reason your dog is urinating frequently on your variety because he has a UTI or Urinary Tract Infection. Another sign of this is if you notice your dog excessively licking their genitalia
  • Disease or medication - if your dog is taking a particular medication or he may have an underlying condition which is causing him to urinate, so do get this checked out

Uncontrollable urination

There are three types of urination that are considered uncontrollable, which can generally be categorized as below:

  • Submissive - submissive urination is when your dog urinates during greetings, play, physical contact or punishment. If this is the reason you are finding urine on your carpet, you may also notice submissive postures during his interactions with you, and other dogs
  • Excitement - your pet may become over-excited by a situation or perhaps by greeting its favorite humans! and he may urinate out of excitement
  • Anxiety - If your pooch is feeling overwhelmed with anxiousness, such as fear, a fright, being left alone, or any other kind of upset, your dog may urinate

So finally…

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To help you remove odors and stains from dog soiling on your carpet, check out our instant urine odor remover, it’s totally non-toxic and safe for both you and your pet. We hope this guide has been useful, be sure to check out our store for more really useful and helpful pet sanitization products!

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