By Marissa Leotaud
Getting a new dog is a joyous occasion. Your precious pup brings laughter, fun, and endless love to your home. Then he pees in the corner, and all the love is gone! Okay, it’s not gone, but dog urine definitely puts a damper on things. Here’s a complete guide on how to deal with doggy pee odor and stains and how to get them out of just about everything.
Is the smell of dog urine in the house bad for you?
The inconvenience is clear but can the smell of dog urine actually be harmful? Dog urine may contain bacteria and one of the primary components of dog urine is ammonia. In high concentrations, ammonia can be quite harmful; it’s important to get the pee cleaned up quickly and keep the area ventilated throughout the cleanup process.
What to spray on carpet to keep dogs from peeing
Prevention is always better than damage control. To prevent dogs from peeing on the carpet, spray the carpet with commercial repellents that include chemicals or natural ingredients that dogs will want to avoid. You can also spray white vinegar, lemon juice, rubbing alcohol or ammonia. Canines find these smells off-putting and will be sure to avoid them.
How to clean dog urine from a laminate floor
If your pup pees on a laminate floor, make sure to first wipe up the liquid as soon as you see it. Use a blotting motion instead of rubbing with something that you can throw away to permanently remove the smell from your home.
Once you wipe up the urine, scrub the floor if a stain is left behind. Use an enzymatic cleaner as the enzymes in the cleaner contain safe bacteria that will eliminate any traces of urine that may be left behind.
If you prefer natural remedies, try baking soda as an alternative to enzymatic cleaners.
- Pour the baking soda on the area.
- Let the baking soda stand for about two hours.
- Vacuum remaining baking soda.
You can also use a vinegar and water mixture that will help remove stains as well as odors from laminate floors.
How to get dog urine stains off ceramic tile.
Although pet urine can stain any surface, ceramic tile is much easier to clean up than carpet or fabrics. You can easily blot dog urine off of ceramic tiles, but be sure to wipe the grout between tiles quickly so the urine doesn’t soak into those spots:
- Soak a towel in white vinegar and lie it on the stained tile for 10 minutes.
- Wipe the tile down to remove any urine remnants.
- Repeat the process with hydrogen peroxide to complete disinfection.
To clean the grout:
- Combine baking soda and water to make a paste.
- Use an old toothbrush to rub the paste into the grout until it’s clean.
- After you’ve brushed, make sure to rinse the floor with water and wipe away any remaining residue.
How to remove dog pee stains from stone floor
Stone floors require deeper cleans when it comes to puppy pee. From marble to slate slabs, the acid in a dog’s urine will seep into the pores of the stone. If you don’t catch your pup in action immediately and a stain sets; a deep clean will be needed.
- Wipe down the area with a cloth soaked in soapy water.
- Wet a new cloth with rubbing alcohol and wipe down the stained spot and the surrounding area as stains tend to spread.
- Once the alcohol dries, rub the spot again with a cloth soaked in a water/bleach mixture (two parts water, one part bleach).
- Repeat the cycle of soapy water, alcohol, then bleach until the stain lifts.
- Finally, wipe the area down with a wet cloth and then pat dry.
How to remove dog urine stains from carpet
Perhaps the toughest surface to deal with when removing dog urine, carpet can require deep cleaning. If the stains go ignored or your dog is a repeat offender, the carpet may need to be replaced. Like with other surfaces, you want to catch a dog peeing on the carpet immediately and quickly get to the cleanup!
Start the process by diluting the stain with water:
- Pour warm water directly onto the carpet and blot up the combined liquid with a towel.
- Next, use a water/vinegar mixture to neutralize the stain.
- Let the mixture soak into the spot then use a brush to really work the mixture in. The vinegar will neutralize the ammonia in the dog urine.
- After the mixture soaks, you can use a wet/dry vacuum to suck up any remaining moisture.
- Once the spot dries, sprinkle on some baking soda and a small amount of hydrogen peroxide with a squirt of dishwashing liquid.
- Once again, scrub this mixture well into the carpet. When the mixture dries, you can vacuum the residue off of the carpet.
The stain (and odor) should be gone. If not, repeat the process until you see results. If this technique does not work after multiple attempts, consult a professional carpet cleaner.
How to get dog urine out of brick
Because brick is porous like stone, it is nearly impossible to scrub out a dog urine stain like you would with carpet or a tile floor. To eliminate the stain and smell out of brick, use an enzyme-based cleaner and follow the following steps.
- First, soak up the urine that is sitting on top of the brick as quickly as possible with an old towel you can dispose after cleanup.
- Pour an enzyme cleaner/water mixture over the stained area until it no longer soaks into the brick and surrounding grout and instead pools on top of the brick.
- Let the mixture soak into the brick and then pour some more on top. It will take some time to completely saturate the brick.
- Soak an old towel in enzyme cleaner and lay it over the area. Leave the towel there until it completely stiffens (this can take a day or more).
- Once the towel is stiff, remove it, soak the area again, and scrub once again. Pat the area dry after scrubbing.
- Finally, use 1/3 cup of bleach and a gallon of water to mop the area and eliminate the smell.
How to clean dog urine off of leather
Leather may be the most expensive material your dog will pee on, but luckily, it’s one of the easier materials to clean! Urine stains are unlikely with leather and you should be able to eliminate the odor quickly and easily.
Be sure to use mild cleaning products on leather as harsh chemicals can cause more problems than the pee.
- Wipe up the pee with paper towels to begin.
- Prepare a mixture of white vinegar, a few squirts of dishwashing liquid, and warm (not hot) water. You want to be able to fill a small bucket with the mixture containing mostly water.
- Dampen a sponge in the mixture and wipe the urine spot. Squeeze the sponge out in the bucket and repeat this process several times.
- If there is a lot of urine, you can replace your bucket with a fresh mixture of vinegar and water.
- Once all of the urine is wiped off of the leather, ring out the sponge and wipe down the area one more time.
- Dry the area with paper towels then wait for the leather to be completely dry (perhaps the next day).
- Finish up with a leather-conditioning solution.
How to remove old dog urine stains.
Sometimes the stains escape us then we discover them days or even weeks later. Old dog urine stains are more difficult to remove because they’ve had time to set. Clean an old urine stain with a wet vacuum then spray the area thoroughly with a cleaning product that neutralizes pet odors. You can also use your own mixture of one part hydrogen peroxide and two parts water. If the stain is still visible, apply a commercial stain removal product. Depending on how set the stain was, you may have to try several different products before the area is completely restored.
How to remove the smell of dog urine
Stains are one thing but dog urine odors are just impossible to live with! Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is great at neutralizing the acidic pH of dog urine and the odorit creates. Once you wipe up dog urine from an area, sprinkle it with baking soda in order to absorb any remaining moisture and the odor it brings. If the stained area can handle chemicals, try an enzymatic urine cleaner. The enzymes present will break down components of the urine and should completely eliminate the smell!
For stubborn stains, you may have to repeat the cleaning process for a second treatment. Diluted vinegar is a great all-purpose house cleaner that especially helps with neutralizing dog urine odor on solid and fabric surfaces.
If you want to not only eliminate urine odor but replace it with a pleasant odor, try essential oils!
- Add 5-10 drops of essential oil to one cup of water in a spray bottle.
- After blotting away the urine spray the area with the essential oil mixture for a much more pleasing scent.
How to remove dog urine odor with vinegar.
Most solutions for removing dog urine include vinegar because it is natural and quite effective. The smell of vinegar is also off-putting for canines. Your dog will not want to pee on a spot that’s been sprayed with vinegar.
To clean dog urine with vinegar:
- Start by soaking up the urine.
- The less urine there is, the less work the vinegar will have to do. Mix half a cup of vinegar with 1 1/2 cups of warm water.
- Saturate the urine stain with the entire mixture then let it six for five minutes.
- Use a towel to soak up as much wetness as possible.
- Next, include another go-to odor remover, baking soda, to the process.
- Sprinkle baking soda onto the area and allow it to dry.
- Once dry, vacuum up the baking soda to completely remove the dog urine odor and stain.
How to remove dog urine odors from laundry.
Perhaps the worst place your pup can pee is the laundry. Most importantly, don’t let the stains sit! We can easily toss dirty laundry to the side to deal with later, but clothes, sheets and towels that your pup has peed on should be dealt with right away.
- Rinse the soiled items in cold water before putting them in the washing machine.
- Use your usual detergent but be sure to add a 1-pound box of baking soda before running the cycle.
- Once the clothes are clean, smell them to check for any traces of urine odor. Wash them again with an enzymatic cleaner instead of baking soda and detergent if you still smell urine.
- You may need to soak the clothes in the cleaner first.
When you’ve done your final sniff test and believe the odor is completely gone, do NOT use the dryer. Air-dry your laundry then check them once again after drying to make sure they are free of the urine odor.
How to remove dog urine smell outside.
Urine stains outside have one thing on their side: ventilation. Unfortunately, if dog urine stains are exposed to the sun or other elements, the smell can get out of control.
To get rid of the urine smell outside you must first find the spot. Your nose should bring you to it pretty quickly. You can also use a black light at night to locate a urine stain. The spot will give off a bright glow.
- Squirt a few drops of liquid soap on the stain and hose it down through a nozzle with the highest level of pressure.
- If the surface is porous, like brick or stone, the urine has to dry first before you can clean it.
- Once it’s dry, mix a small amount of bleach with water and pour it over the surface. Allow that to sit for 10 minutes before rinsing the area with fresh, warm water.
If the stain is in grass, sprinkle the area with garden lime then douse the lime with water. This should eliminate the smell and have your grass looking green!
How to remove dog urine smell from hardwood floors.
Dogs are wonderful animals and great pets, but even the most well-trained dog can have an occasional accident. If it happens on a hardwood floor, you face a real challenge when it comes to removing the dog urine smell.
- Mix three parts water with one part white vinegar in a mop bucket. Use this solution to scrub the area thoroughly.
- Pour some baking soda in to the water until it forms a paste that you can scrub into the floor. Let this paste sit for several hours, and be sure to open your windows for some ventilation.
- After hours pass, rinse the affected area with warm water. Unique to hardwood floors, you can then rub a small amount of full-strength Listerine mouthwash into the the floor, and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it away with cold water.
- After the mouthwash, dab the affected area with fabric softener, then rinse, and finish up by pouring some lemon juice and a handful of salt in a bowl.
- Scrub the salty lemon juice solution into the area then rinse with warm water for urine-free hardwood floors.
How to remove dog urine smell from concrete.
Because concrete is porous, it’s more likely to hold onto dog urine odor more than other surfaces. Deep cleaning is definitely required. Once you clean the concrete you also want to seal it to prevent future stains.
- Rinse the concrete thoroughly with hot water before applying the cleaning solution of your choice. Give the solution plenty of time to absorb into the concrete.
- Next, scrub the stain and surrounding area with a strong, bristled brush.
- Rinse away the solution and allow to dry.
For sealing, use a concrete sealant available at most home supply stores. Make sure the sealant is designed specifically for concrete and that you follow the application instructions precisely. For good measure, you can use a sealant that is designed to block odors.
How to neutralize dog urine in a dog run.
Before cleaning the dog run, be sure to remove any dogs from the area so you can clean thoroughly without harming your pets (and without them making a bigger mess).
- Spray the dog run with cold water from a water hose. Use a spray nozzle for a more impactful clean.
- Mix three cups of water and one cup of white vinegar and apply that solution liberally to the area. Let it sit until the area is completely dry. You can repeat this process if needed until the odor is neutralized.
- When the odor is neutralized and the area is dry, combine one cup of hydrogen peroxide and two drops of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle. Use this to clean any remaining urine spots.
- Top it all off by scrubbing baking soda mixed with peroxide on the area. Rinse this paste off with cool water and your dog run should be good to go!
How to get the dog pee smell out of linoleum floors.
Like with all hard surfaces, you want to mop up dog urine off of linoleum floorsquickly. You can use paper towels for this and dispose of them in a trash can outside of the house.
- Soak a few sheets of paper towel in lukewarm water and rinse the area to dilute any remaining acid on the floor.
- You can then spray the floor with pure, undiluted white vinegar and let that soak for 10 minutes.
- Once you wash off the vinegar, let the floor dry completely before sprinkling baking soda on the area and allowing it to sit for 15 – 20 minutes.
- You can sweep or vacuum the powder then check the floors for remaining odors. If smells remain, try a proprietary pet urine remover and be careful to follow the manufacturer’s directions.
How to get dog urine smell out of house and rugs
Use a black light to find the source of dog urine odor on rugs and carpets. There may be more than one stain so a black light is a useful tool in making sure you cover all of your bases.
- Mix three parts water to one part white vinegar and apply the solution to the stained areas.
- Allow this to soak for up to five minutes.
- Next, sprinkle baking soda on the area and allow to dry. On top of the vinegar and baking soda, apply 3/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide mixed with a teaspoon of dishwashing soap to the area. Pour an additional layer of the vinegar/water mix and allow to dry.
- For the final step, vacuum the white powder off of the area and do a sniff test to make sure all odors are eliminated.
For something stronger, you can use a commercial enzymatic cleaner. This form of spot cleaning can leave the rest of your carpet or rug looking dingy. Consider an overall carpet cleaning with a non-steam carpet cleaning machine to even out the appearance of the whole area.
In order to get dog urine odors out of your home’s air in general, keep windows open while cleaning. After cleanup, air purifiers and commercial air and fabric fresheners are great aids in removing pet odors and freshening the air and fabric surfaces. You can make your own freshener by mixing one part baking soda and one part liquid fabric softener with two parts warm water and using it in a spray bottle!