Finding accidental urine stains on your carpets is something that many pet owner experiences from time to time, so learning how to thoroughly remove these stains is always a smart thing to do.
Not only can urine stains be a real eyesore in the home, but they can also make house training your dog more difficult as well, because your dog may be encouraged to keep returning to the same inappropriate places to pee due to the scent that’s left behind (even if only your dog can detect it!)
In this guide, we’re going to show you a step-by-step method for getting rid of dog urine from a carpet, so let’s get straight to the techniques you need to know.
Step 1 – Soak Up With Paper Towels
If the urine stain is somewhat fresh, then soak up the urine with paper towels. Catching the urine early will make your life much easier as you’ll be able to soak up a great deal of the urine before it creates a larger stain.
If the urine has already had plenty of time to soak in, then it can still be useful to use some paper towels over a wider surface area, along with some added pressure and weight placed on top, as this will help to pick up some of the urine that can still be absorbed by the paper towel.
Step 2 – Apply Some Water
It can be useful to apply some extra water to the stain to allow you to re-absorb the water and urine with additional paper towels.
However, you’ll need to be careful about spreading the urine stain further into the carpet, so it’s wise to apply the water to the outskirts of the stain first. You may also wish to add some undiluted white vinegar to the stain afterward, although it isn’t essential to do so if you have an enzymatic cleaner at hand.
Step 3 – Use An Enzyme Cleaner
Removing the scent is a key aspect of getting rid of the urine stain, particularly if your dog has a habit of returning to the same spots again and again.
Without an enzyme cleaner, there’s a reasonable chance that some of the urine odor will remain, and your dog’s keen sense of smell will still be able to detect it. Ultimately, this can lead to your dog returning to the same spot, because your dog will often use the smell to let them know where they should urinate.
It’s important to stay away from any ammonia-based cleaners, as the remaining scent it leaves behind may be counterproductive when you’re trying to house train your dog.
Step 4 – Check With A UV Light
While the final step is optional, it can be very useful to go over the area the next day using a UV flashlight urine detector. These handy devices are very low cost, but they can be invaluable for detecting any hidden urine stains or any part of the stain that was missed during the first removal attempt.
In fact, you may be surprised to discover some of the hidden stains you may have never known about, too. It’s a good idea to check around furniture, the corners of the room, and anywhere you suspect your dog may be peeing without you knowing about it.