There is nothing more frustrating than your dog mistaking the living room carpet for a fire hydrant and peeing all over it. Your dog has peed at some strategic places on the carpet and you're left wondering how you're supposed to get rid of the smell. Maybe, right about now, you're probably giving in to the fact that the carpet is ruined for good, what with the stains, and more importantly, the smell. Well, think again. We have some perfect, easy-to-follow methods on getting the carpet to look as good as new.
Removing Dog Urine Stains
No matter how disgusting it sounds, it must be done. Here are some ways by which the stain removal will become possible.
If the puddle is still fresh, then place paper towels on it and soak as much of the pee as you can. This will ensure that the stain does not become deep and set permanently. It will also ensure that the carpet does not emit a smell.
- Take some white vinegar and mix it in water, in a 50:50 ratio.
- Now, take the mixture and pour it over the stain so that it percolates deep into the carpet and covers the entire stain.
- Then, take a hard brush and scrub over the area (make sure you use the right pressure so as not to damage the carpet).
- Next, blot it with some paper towels.
- The vinegar will act as a neutralizing agent for the ammonia in the dog pee.
Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
- Take a handful of baking soda and pour over the dried stain.
- Then mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with some detergent (about 1 tsp.).
- Be careful about the type of dish washing liquid you use. Make sure it is not caustic.
- Next, pour this mixture over the baking soda.
- Now, work this paste into the carpet with your fingers or a brush.
- Let dry and then use a vacuum cleaner on it.
- It might sound pretty unconventional, but take some toothpaste (any brand will do) and put it on the stain after diluting it with warm water.
- Now, take an old toothbrush and scrub the area carefully.
There are certain products in the market that contain absorbing granules in them. These granules have absorbing agents that soak up the pee and also clean the area.
- Take these granules and pour them over the wet stain (they work best on a wet stain).
- Let sit for sometime for it to soak in all the liquid.
- These will not only remove the odor, but also correct the discoloration (if any).
Biological Washing Powder
- Take some biological washing powder and mix it in lukewarm water to turn into paste.
- Take this paste and rub it over the spot.
- Let sit for sometime.
- Then, blot with paper towels and vacuum dry.
- This will get rid of the stains and the smell as well.
Things to Remember
There are certain things that you should keep in mind before trying to remove dog urine from the carpet. They are:
- It is always easier to clean a fresh spot, so try and attack the spot as soon as possible.
- Never use an ammonia-based product for stain removal as this will lead to further staining. This is because, dog urine contains ammonia as well.
- Always test a small portion of the carpet with the detergent so that you are ensured that the solution itself does not stain.
- Always get rid of the smell completely, or else your dog might end up peeing on the same spot with an intention of marking his territory.
Now that you know exactly how to remove dog urine from that carpet... put on some gloves, plug your nose if the need be, and attack that tough spot.