Dog Urine Stain Removal

Dog urine stain removal can be a nightmare many dog owners frequently face. Before you banish Fido outdoors for his leg-lifting indiscretions on your home’s carpets or hardwood floors, there are several steps that you can take to thoroughly remove the stain and also to help decrease the likelihood of him repeating this potty mishap.

Dog Urine Stain Removal

Whether you are housetraining a new four-legged addition to your home, or your older dog has perhaps forgotten the way out, as a dog owner you are likely familiar with the sight and unfortunately with the feel of a wet puddle on your flooring.

Dogs often use urine to mark their territory, even inside of your home. What this means for you is that even if your dog’s first incident was simply because the pup didn’t make it to the yard on time, unless that spot is thoroughly cleaned and the odor removed, the dog is going to view this as his very own personal potty inside of your home.

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • Enzymatic cleaning solutions
  • Clean dry towels
  • Clean dry sponge
  • Gloves
  • White vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide

Dog Urine Stain Removal From Carpets

The majority of dog owners are most familiar with dog urine stain removal from the carpets in their home. If the urine is spot is fresh then it is important to immediately soak it up with towels.

  1. Place a clean towel over the spot for a minute, wearing your gloves for hygiene reasons, and pat down to quickly absorb some of the moisture.
  2. Repeat the process of placing a clean down over the spot, but this time place a heavy object on top of it for up to thirty minutes. A stack of books or a plastic organizational tub can do the trick.
  3. For both a new urine spot, and a dried stain, your next step is to thoroughly spray the affected area with a good quality enzymatic cleaner, available from most pet stores, and allow the cleaning solution to soak in. Place another towel on top and soak up the excess moisture.
  4. Repeat this twice, and then allow to air dry. You should not be able to see any trace of the urine stain, and there should definitely be no odor.
  5. Lightly mist white vinegar over the area in order to discourage your pooch from piddling in that spot again.

You could shampoo your carpet as a next step, in order to thoroughly remove any remaining traces of the enzymatic cleaner. Many also opt to use white vinegar in their carpet cleaning machines. White vinegar will leave only a fresh and clean smell once dried.

Dog Urine Stain Removal From Hardwood Floors

Many homeowners install hardwood floors as a means of being able to quickly clean up and manage their dog’s indoor potty training indiscretions.

While hardwood floors do definitely help with cleaning up new puddles, if the urine has been allowed to dry there is likely going to be an unsightly stain on the finish of your beautiful hardwood floors.

Some cleaning experts claim that short of ripping up and replacing your floors, there are often not many solutions to getting the stain out. However, there are a few things that you can try before you take this drastic step.

  1. Dab a bit of enzymatic cleaner onto a clean sponge and dab it onto the stain on your hardwood floor. This will help to remove any traces of the urine that are remaining, and will help to reduce the odor you’ve likely been experiencing.
  2. Using another clean sponge, dab a very small amount of hydrogen peroxide onto a small area of the stain; the stain should start to fade almost immediately.
  3. Allow setting overnight and in the morning you should see a visible reduction in the stain on that spot. If the results are to your liking, then repeat the above step until you’ve covered the entire stain.

With a good finish and waterproof seal on your wooden floors, this shouldn’t be much of a concern for you. You may, also, be able to simply sand down the affected area and apply another stain to the wood so that it once again matches the rest of your flooring.

Dog Urine Stain Removal From Linen

Whether out of frustration, boredom, or just because he couldn’t make it to the back door, many dog owners are faced with the need to tackle dog urine stain removal from the linen on their bed.

Don’t toss the sheets and quilts out in frustration, there are a few tricks to quickly and effectively removing the stains so you can once again dream sweetly.

  1. Thoroughly soak the stain with the enzymatic cleaning solution for fifteen minutes. No pet household should be without at least two bottle of this type of cleaning solution on hand at all times!
  2. Rinse in the sink using cold water.
  3. If the stain remains then soak the sheets or quilts with another splash of the enzymatic cleaning solution in a bucket or sink full of cold water. Soak overnight.
  4. Run the linens through the washing machine on a regular cycle and check to make sure that the stain has been removed before line drying the linen.

Consider using white vinegar in your final rinse. It will help to deodorize and soften your clothing, and can also be used as a deterrent to help keep your pup from using your bed as his personal potty palace.

Dog Urine Stain Removal From Furniture

It is important to always check for colorfastness by testing your cleaning solutions on a hidden area of your furniture.

While the majority of fabrics can withstand today’s cleaning solutions, it will save you a world of frustration if you quickly test before getting to work on the dog urine stain removal from your favorite sofa or dining room chair.

  1. Thoroughly soak the stain with the enzymatic cleaning solution and place a clean towel on top of the stain. Press down firmly on the towel, but do not rub at the stain.
  2. Apply another spritz of the enzymatic cleaning solution and place another clean towel on top of the stain. Place a heavy object like a book or plastic container on top of the towel for up to thirty minutes.
  3. After thirty minutes remove the towel and see if the stain is still present. In most cases, the stain will be either completely gone or greatly diminished. You may need to repeat the first two steps a few times.
  4. Mist white vinegar over your furniture to discourage your pooch from using your furniture as his potty pad from now on.

Remember that fabric refreshing sprays may leave a pleasing smell in the air when sprayed, but they simply mask the smell of the urine.

Dog Urine Stain Removal From Your Car

Short of rolling your windows down, it may seem like there are ways to escape the smell of dog urine in your car. Dog urine stain removal from your car’s floor mats and seats is a snap, thankfully.

  1. Remove the mats and spray them with an enzymatic cleaning solution.
  2. Allow the solution to sit for up to thirty minutes before spraying off with your garden hose.
  3. Allow to air dry.

For your seats, there are a few extra steps.

  1. Thoroughly soak the stain with enzymatic cleaning solution and place a clean towel on top of the stain.
  2. Firmly press down to work the solution into the stain and help to lift it out with the towel.
  3. Repeat until the stain has been removed.
  4. You may wish to use a car shampooer to effectively remove all traces of the enzymatic cleaning products.
  5. Allow to air dry with the windows open.

Enough can’t be said about the value of an enzymatic cleaning solution. They are even effective at removing cat urine smells from the soft surfaces inside of your home.