How to Get Dog Urine Smell Out of a Rug

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Dog urine stinks. The pungent odor permeates every aspect of a home even months after the fact. Frustrated dog owners have resorted to every method possible to rid their carpets of house-training accidents, some more effective than others. The good news for frustrated pet owners is that with a little bit of time, patience and effort, you can rid the rugs in your house of this distinct smell for good.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Toothbrush
  • Enzymatic cleaner (optional)
  • Use a towel to blot up fresh urine, removing as much liquid as possible from the rug. If the spot emanating odor is not fresh, disregard this step.

  • Mix a solution of white vinegar and water. One part vinegar to two parts water is usually more than effective.

  • Pour the vinegar and water solution onto the rug. Make sure to fully saturate areas that have been urinated on. Allow the mixture to sit for up to five minutes.

  • Blot the water and vinegar mixture with another towel, making sure to remove as much of the fluid as possible.

  • Sprinkle a little baking soda over the most saturated spots. Mix a small amount of water with the baking soda so that the texture resembles a paste.

  • Scrub at the urine-saturated spots with the toothbrush, grinding the baking soda into the rug.

  • Allow the baking soda to dry on the rug. Beat area rugs when dry to remove the baking soda particles. Larger rugs should be vacuumed.

  • Repeat this process as many times as necessary to remove the smell. It might take more than one try.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the smell does not dissipate after several tries, consider purchasing a commercially available enzymatic cleaner. These cleaners contain microorganisms that feed upon the organic matter and bacteria that cause dog urine odors.
  • Test an inconspicuous spot on your rug before beginning to ensure that the vinegar and baking soda will not discolor your carpet.
  • In some cases, the rug is not what is causing the odor. If the dog urine has saturated the rug and rug pad, the stench may be caused by the floor beneath. In these cases, the floor will need to be repaired. When in doubt, consult a professional.

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References

  • "Pet Clean-up Made Easy: Tackle Any Pet Mess, Any Time, in a Snap--from Stains and Smells to Fleas and Furballs;" Don Aslett; 2005
  • "How the Queen Cleans Everything: Handy Advice for a Clean House, Cleaner Laundry, and a Year of Timely Tips;" Linda Cobb; 2002
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