Without proper treatment, your dog's urine stains can ruin your carpet and leave a terrible stench. Dogs urinate for a variety of reasons, including being left alone for too long, territory marking and health issues. Dogs are more likely to re-mark a spot that smells like urine, so removing the odor is as important as removing the physical stain. Enzymatic cleaners completely break down the chemical compounds in urine, lifting both the stain and the odor, according to The Humane Society. You can purchase an enzymatic cleaner at any pet supply store.
Things You'll Need
- 1 gallon enzymatic cleaner
- Paper towels
- Stiff bristle brush
Soak up any remaining urine from your carpet using paper towels. Saturate fresh paper towels in cold water and blot the affected area. Avoid using hot water; it actually binds urine to cloth fibers.
Pour approximately 1 quart of enzymatic cleaner over the entire stained area, including a few inches outside the stain perimeter. You may need to use more or less cleaner, depending on the size of the stain, but maximum saturation of the urine spot is the goal. Saturate the stained area, so that the enzymatic cleaner soaks through the carpet to the pad beneath. Saturate the underside of the carpet and pad, if the stain is on a throw rug or runner. Let the cleaner soak on the carpet for approximately 5 to 10 minutes after saturation, depending on the age of the stain.
Scrub the stain using a stiff-bristled brush. Use vertical and horizontal scrubbing patterns to reach all angles of the carpet fiber. Scrub continuously for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the age of the stain. Vigorous scrubbing loosens the urine compounds from carpet fibers.
Soak up any cleaner suds from the carpet with clean paper towels. Allow the stain to dry completely before letting your dog back into the room. Expect the stain to take up to two weeks to dry completely. The drying time will vary, depending on the air circulation and temperature of the room.
Tips & Warnings
- Repeat the saturation and scrubbing process if the stain remains after two weeks of drying. An insufficient amount of enzymatic cleaner is typically responsible for stubborn stains. If you used another chemical cleaner before the enzymatic one, you set the urine compounds, and the stain removal process will take longer.
- Neuter your male dog as early as possible to curtail his urge to mark with urine. Female dogs should also be spayed, but doing so won't affect their urinating habits as significantly.
- Avoid using urine removal products that contain ammonia or vinegar, which contain protein compounds similar to urine, and actually invite your dog to re-mark the same spot.
- Never hit or yell at your dog over the urine stains. He won't connect his action to your response.
- Take your dog to the vet if he continues urinating in the house. Frequent urination can result from a variety of medical conditions related to the prostate, kidneys or urinary tract.
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