How To Clean Pet Urine Effectively

How To Clean Pet Urine

We do love our dogs but the odors they may leave behind are sometimes unsightly and unhygienic. If you have old stains in your carpet it may hamper your house training efforts.

The smell is not actually caused by the dog urine, but by bacteria. The bacteria is feeding on the pet waste and will produce ammonia as a by product which will cause the urine odor. To get rid of the smell you must remove the bacteria food source with a good dog urine cleaner.

Why is it so difficult to remove pet urine?

Urine has several components that can be washed away with ordinary cleaners. It is the uric acid crystals that are the source of most of urine's stain. These crystals cling to any surface. To address how to clean pet urine I recommend an effective natural cleanerand which one you decide to use will depend on whether it is a new or older stain.

Detecting Stains

The first thing to do is find the stains. This is important as your dog may keep going back to the "scene of the crime" if the urine is not removed. Some stains you can see or smell. black light For those that are not easily detectable you will need a black light. A black light can be purchased from In the evening when the lights are out, check your carpet with the light. The stains will be illuminated. You may be amazed at what you see! Mark them with masking tape.

Cleaning Set In Stains

Once you have found the stains, it is time to go to work. Follow these steps:

  • thoroughly vacuum areas to be cleaned.
  • Use a wet vac with plain water to clean area - no chemicals. Consider renting or buying an extractor or wet vac. This machine operates much like a carpet cleaner; efficiently rinsing clean water through your carpet and then forcing the dirty water back out.
  • Once the "accident zones” are cleaned, use a good enzyme neutralizer and follow instructions on the container.
  • If the carpet still appears stained, use a good carpet stain remover and rinse well with a Wet/Dry Vacuum.

Do's And Don'ts

  • Do test in a small, unnoticeable corner of carpet before using any treatment. The cleaner could discolor or damage the carpet.
  • Do not use any cleaner containing ammonia to clean pet urine. Ammonia is as component of urine and may confuse your dog.
  • Do not use a steam cleaner for dog urine stains from carpets. The heat from the steam cleaner may cause stain and odor to be set in permanently.
How to clean pet urine effectively is important to keeping your home free of stain and odor. Try to get at the stains immediately. Fresh stains are much easier to remove.


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