How to Get Dog Urine Out of Couch or Carpet?

If your dog has urinated on the carpet and it wasn’t caught in time, the stain and smell in their urine have gotten into the carpet. It is difficult to remove dog urine from the carpet once it has dried. That is why I’m going to give you my best tips on how to get dog pee out of the carpet.

How to get old dog urine smell out of carpet

How to get old dog urine smell out of carpet or couch

Here are the 8 best tips to get dog pee smell and stain out of the carpet.

1. Blot the stain

You cannot successfully remove the odor of urine if the stain is fresh and urine is still soaked into the carpet/blanket/couch. Get a piece of kitchen roll or other absorbent material to remove the liquid. Press lightly on the urine spot, and keep dabbing until the area is almost dry.

2. Dilute the urine

Any remaining urine in the affected area needs to be diluted. To do this, you can mix lukewarm water with a small amount of liquid soap. Be careful which soap brand you use. Choose one that is ammonia-free or you will never get the smell out!

Using a clean towel, gently dab or wipe the wet area. You will need to repeat this process a few more times until the stain is gone.

3. Deodorize!

Now that the urine spot has been diluted and cleaned, you need to add a deodorizer to start breaking down the ammonia crystals in the carpet/blanket/couch. Natural deodorizers are safer for your carpet/blanket/couch and most are found in your pantry. Baking soda is the best option here.

Simply sprinkle a few tablespoons of baking soda over the area and leave it overnight. The longer you leave the baking soda, the more ammonia crystals will be broken down. This is what removes the smell of urine. Make sure the layer is not too thick or your vacuum will have a job getting it all out.

4. Vacuum

The following day you can vacuum up the baking soda. Go over the spot several times to ensure all the baking soda has been removed. If you can still see a light stain, repeat the process once more.

Older urine stains can be a little trickier, as they have had more time to settle into the carpet/blanket/couch. Also, because the urine has now dried, you may not be able to see the stain. A UV light will solve this problem for you. Dog urine contains phosphors that light up under UV light.

5. Towels and blotting

You will need a similar method to removing fresh urine, however, this requires a little more work. You will need one towel to soak the area and a second towel to do the blotting. Use the same water and liquid soap method as before to soak the stain, then use the clean towel to blot the area until it is almost dry.

6. Use an enzyme neutralizer

The smell of urine lingers because of the proteins. An enzyme neutralizer will break down those proteins and remove the urine smell. They don’t take as long to work as baking soda. Simply spray the area and wait for 10-20 minutes (always follow the guidelines on the product).

7. Try natural options

If you prefer to use more natural methods, you can use white vinegar instead. It works the same way as an enzyme neutralizer purchased from a store. Soak the area in lukewarm water only, then blot dry. Use a spray bottle to apply the white vinegar to the urine spot. Now use a clean, dry towel to blot the area until it is dry.

8. Rinse and repeat

As with the first method, you can repeat these steps multiple times if the urine smell is still present. As long as you do not use too much of your enzyme neutralizer, repeating the process will not cause any damage to your carpet/blanket/couch. Leave time between each application to ensure the carpet/blanket/couch has dried.

How to stop a dog from peeing on the carpet or couch

The unfortunate truth is that as dogs age they have less control of their bladder and will need to pee more often. To avoid any more accidents indoors, try to increase the number of times your dog has access outdoors.

Reverting back to his puppy schedule will really help here. Puppies and older dogs have very simple bladder control. They will need to pee first thing after waking in the morning, so take them straight outside.

After breakfast, take them out again so they have another chance to go. Remember to include potty breaks after naps as well. It is recommended that an elderly dog has access to an outdoor area every 3-4 hours, much like a puppy who is toilet training.

If you are not home every day to do this, ask a friend or neighbor to drop by to let your dog out. Not only will this prevent them from peeing indoors, but it will also prevent them from feeling uncomfortable and will give them extra company.

Remember to let them out again the last thing before bed. Smaller breeds may also need to pee during the night. An old dog cannot be expected to hold its bladder for 8 hours. This means setting an alarm during the night so you can let them out.

If your elderly dog has had lots of accidents on the same carpet/blanket/couch, you may not be successful in getting all the urine spots or smell out. Dogs will pee over an area that smells of urine, just like they pee over other dogs’ pee when they go on walks.

In this case, it may be more practical to replace your carpet/blanket/couch. Remember to also replace the underlay that sits between your carpet and the floor. If your dog has regular accidents, the chances are that the urine has soaked all the way through.

Conclusion of getting dog pee out of the carpet or couch

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’ve got a stain on your carpet that smells like dog pee. You may have tried everything from baking soda to vinegar, but nothing seems to work. So what do you do? The good news is that there are several products designed for removing pet stains from carpets, and they can be found at most pet stores or online.

Dogs are territorial and instinctually use their urine to mark their territory. This is why it’s essential that you clean dog urine stains as soon as possible to avoid permanent odor damage to your carpets and floors, especially if your pet has already urinated on the same spot multiple times.

There are several methods for cleaning dog urine stains, but some are better than others when it comes to preventing the smell from returning once the stain has been removed. The most effective way to remove dog urine stains is by using an enzymatic product and then soaking up as much liquid as possible before cleaning the area with hydrogen peroxide. You can also try using baking soda or white vinegar as part of your stain removal routine.

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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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