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How to Remove the Pet Urine Smell From the Carpet

Updated March 28, 2018

Pet owners have to deal with accidents on the carpet. The smell of urine can be intolerable, especially in hot weather. Removing the smell completely is imperative in preventing further accidents. Even if a person can't smell the urine any longer, the pet still can. If a dog or cat can smell the odour on the carpet, it will continue to use the same spot to urinate. To avoid further accidents and the headaches that come along with them, remove the urine odour for good.

Stack four to five paper towels and place them on the urine stain. Apply pressure to blot up as much of the urine as possible. Replace the paper towels once they have become saturated with urine. If the urine has dried, pour warm water on the stain and blot well.

Mix 1 cup white vinegar with 2 cups warm water in the spray bottle. Spray the area until saturated. Let sit for 30 minutes.

Use four to five paper towels to blot the vinegar solution. Replace the paper towels once they have become saturated. Let the area dry and smell the carpet for any traces of urine smell. Remember that even the slightest odour will encourage your pet to use the same spot to urinate.

Mix 2 tbsp baking soda, 2 cups hydrogen peroxide and 1 tsp dish detergent in a bowl. Pour on the area of the carpet that smells of urine. Let sit for 30 minutes.

Wet a cloth in warm water and rinse the baking soda solution. Use to four to five stacked paper towels to blot up as much of the baking soda solution as possible. Replace the paper towels once they have become saturated. Allow the carpet to dry.

Apply a pet odour neutraliser to the carpet.

Tip

For best results, treat the carpet as soon as possible after the accident occurs. If possible, keep your pet from the area of the carpet that smells of urine until you have the odour completely removed. This will prevent further accidents. In some cases, urine soaks into the padding under the carpet and the only way to get the smell out is to tear up the carpet and replace the padding.

Warning

Test a hidden area of the carpet with hydrogen peroxide before apply the solution.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel
  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Bowl
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Dish detergent
  • Cloth
  • Pet odour neutraliser
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About the Author

Jess Jones has been a freelance writer since 2005. She has been a featured contributing writer for "Curve Magazine" and she teaches English composition at a small college in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her Master of Arts in English language and literature in 2002.