Having cute cats and dogs can bring great joys, though occasionally, life with your feline friends can be messy. The mess and smell, if not correctly handled, tend to linger and result in discomfort. Thus, you should know how to deal with accidents your little friends make, such as their pee. How to clean dog pee from the carpet? Noble Pawtrait will give you a brief guide on making surfaces and carpets look and smell fresh.
Why Dog Pee Is Badly Smelly
According to Hunker, dog pee consists of hormones, uric acid, bacteria, and ammonia. Over time, ammonia in the urine can turn into mercaptan, also called methanethiol. This pungent gas accounts for dog pee’s ammonia smell and distinctive odors. Hence, dealing with smelly dog urine on the carpet is not an easy task. Many people choose to use cleaning products, but sadly, these products only make pee stains more visible and the odors more pervasive.
How To Clean Dog Pee From Carpet
Since dog pee can seep down into the carpet’s padding, dealing with it is challenging. Typically, the solution depends on how old carpet stains are and how frequently the carpets get urinated.
When Catching Them In The Act
No matter how well-behaved your pets are, sometimes they do not do their business on their pee pad or outside. And you can do nothing but clean up your dog pee before it sets in and becomes a stain. To blot the smelly liquid effectively, you should avoid a standard terry cloth towel as it cannot be so absorbent as an old T-shirt or a paper towel. After blotting your dog pee, you need to sprinkle baking soda on the urinated area and let it sit for 15-20 minutes before vacuuming to eliminate any lingering odor.
Recent Pee Stains
You can try a relatively simple DIY cleaning solution to remove pee stains that have soaked into the carpet but are not set in yet. The pet-safe household ingredients you need include:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup of distilled white vinegar
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of baking soda
- 3% hydrogen peroxide (or oxygen-based bleach)
After blotting the urine as much as you can, mix those ingredients and spray the solution on the stained spots liberally. For stains that have had time to dry, you can soak them out of the carpet by wetting them with water or rub them in with your fingers using a rubber glove, and then treat the spot.
After spraying the solution, leave the spot to dry for a few minutes. Once it dries completely, you can sprinkle it with baking soda to eliminate any remaining odor.
Homemade cleaning solutions are unlikely to tackle set-in pee stains or areas to which your puppy frequently returns. So how to clean dog pee from the carpet in this case? Utterly easy with enzymatic pet stain remover! You can purchase this product in pet supply stores. It is advisable to opt for non-toxic and pet-safe products by checking its label.
The enzymatic remover’s enzymes help neutralize the odors by breaking down proteins and ammonia in your pet’s urine. Just follow the bottle’s instructions, and you can clean carpets, wood floors, and porous surfaces where odors are trapped. Typically, this kind of cleaning product is safe to use without any need for rinsing.
When Nothing Else Works
If you have tried all these above solutions and unsucceeded, then it’s time you got your carpets cleaned. To treat your pet pee, you need a carpet shampooer. It can be better at removing and deodorizing the smelly pee than spot treatments. Remember that steam cleaners and shampooers using heat might cause more problems since applying heat to a pee stain can fuse stinky urine proteins to the carpet fibers, making the smell linger permanently.
How To Clean Pee From Dog Crates/Beds?
Sometimes, dog crates or dog beds are subject to your dog pee stains, so follow these steps below to treat the odors.
Remove all the bedding, then take the crate outside and spray it down with a garden hose. You can also put it in a bathtub and rinse it out using water and a pet-safe detergent/ cleaning solution. For the plastic crate with the set-in urine odor, an enzymatic cleaner helps clean up the floor and wipe off stains.
You can wash your dog bed using water, pet-safe detergent, vinegar, enzymatic solution, but avoid hot water because it may lead to the smell setting in permanently. Regarding the machine-washable bed, you can put it in a mildly warm bathtub with a cleaning solution. Subsequently, soak it thoroughly by swishing it around in the tub before using cool, clean water for rinsing and drying it.
The Final Thought About Dog Pee
In a nutshell, it’s not always pleasant to deal with dog pee, but you can adopt the ways above to get rid of dog pee smell in carpets, bed crates, or beds. In some cases, you should consult a vet because, except for puppies, urinary problems may be responsible for frequent dog pee in your home. In this case, you should consult a vet who can help your pet friend back to its happy, healthy self and save you from the unpleasant experience of removing dog pee out of the carpet.