Cleaning up pet urine stains and smells can be one of the most unpleasant cleaning jobs, but it’s also one of the most important if you want to keep your home pet-friendly and odor-free. Cat urine has ammonia in it, which makes it particularly difficult to remove from carpet and other materials, while dogs can leave smells that are even worse than ammonia’s sharpness. Whatever type of pet you have, there are some techniques you can use to clean up their messes with as little effort as possible. Here are 10 tips on how to remove pet urine stains and smells from your carpet!
10) Vinegar And Water
Vinegar is an excellent natural cleaner that can be used to remove stains, bad smells, and pet urine. Combine it with water in a bucket, soak the affected area with the solution, and blot dry with paper towels. This will help take care of your problem without using harsh chemicals.
9) Sodium Bicarbonate
The most common item found in homes with pets is baking soda. The first thing that we recommend using is a mixture of water and baking soda. For example, add 1 cup of water to 3 tablespoons of baking soda and shake the bottle. Spray this on the stain, scrub with a brush if you need to and then blot dry with a clean cloth or towel. This should remove most of the urine odor right away.
8) Powdered Nail Polish Remover
Powdered nail polish remover is the cheapest, easiest way of getting rid of pet urine stains.
- Soak a paper towel or small rag with the remover.
- Put it on the stain and wait for it to soak up as much as possible.
- Sprinkle some baking soda on top of the wet spot, add a little water and let it sit for about 20 minutes before wiping off any residue.
Make sure your carpet is wet by using a rag or sponge with a solution of water and ammonia. Pour the mixture onto the affected area, agitate with the solution, then use a towel to wipe off any residue. Repeat if necessary. To avoid the oversaturation of ammonia in the air for sensitive individuals, it is advisable to open windows or doors as you work through this process. Ammonia can also irritate people’s skin and eyes, so take precautions when handling it and wear gloves if possible.
6) Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is one of the quickest and easiest ways to clean up pet urine stains, but it is imperative that you use it sparingly so that it doesn’t disrupt the fibers. If your stain has dried for a couple of days, pour a small amount over the spot with an old cloth, sponge or paper towel before using a well-wrung-out sponge or cloth to rub over the whole area.
5) Enzyme Cleaners
Enzyme cleaners will work wonders on removing pet urine stains from your carpet. When using enzyme cleaners, be sure to read the instructions carefully before applying so you can avoid the chance of any type of allergic reaction. Even when you have successfully removed the stain with an enzyme cleaner, keep in mind that it’s always a good idea to purchase an odor neutralizer, just in case. We’ve found that Febreze is by far one of the best brands for neutralizing pet smells after accidents happen.
4) Potassium Permanganate (PPI)
PPI is the best solution for severe cases of pet urine. It may not seem like a common household cleaning product, but it’s readily available at grocery stores and pharmacies, where it’s sold as a common stain remover. Use a damp rag to pour some PPI onto the affected area, then allow it to soak into the carpet for up to 20 minutes before blotting up with a clean cloth.
3) Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide Mix
Sprinkle baking soda over the wet spot and, if possible, soak up excess urine with a towel. Next, mix together one part hydrogen peroxide with three parts water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the soiled area, let it sit for 30 seconds or so, then scrub thoroughly with a brush. Blot dry the area with an absorbent cloth until all of the moisture is gone.
2) Hydrogen Peroxide and Dish Soap Mix
Add 1⁄2 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1⁄4 cup dish soap, and a few drops of liquid dish soap for particularly set-in stains. Mix thoroughly. Apply mixture directly to the stain, let it sit for about five minutes, then blot the area with a clean white cloth or cotton ball until stain lifts away from carpet fibers. If the smell remains, apply dry-cleaning fluid or fabric freshener as directed on its label. Let dry before use.
1) White Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Hot Water
Mix 1 cup of hot water with 1⁄2 cup of white vinegar. Pour the mixture over the affected area. Mix 1⁄2 cup of baking soda with 1⁄4 cup cold water. Pour the solution over the stain, let it sit for 20 minutes, then blot up any remaining liquid or dry with a towel. Repeat until no smell remains.