How to get dog urine out of wool carpet

Updated June 18, 2018

It is not uncommon for a dog to have an accident inside the house. Although you will want to clean up the urine immediately, it is important first to evaluate on what type of flooring the dog urinated. For example, the steps in cleaning urine from a hardwood floor are much different than cleaning urine from carpet. Some carpets and oriental rugs are made of wool. That, too, requires a different set of cleaning steps. Dog urine on wool actually attracts moths, so it is imperative that you clean the wool carpet properly.

Place white cloths over the urine spot on the wool carpet. Step on them, or press down with your hands so the cloths absorb as much of the urine as possible. You can then rinse the cloths and wash them in your washing machine.

Pour 1 gallon of cool water into a small bucket. Add 1 cup of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of mild washing powder. The vinegar has two purposes -- it stops the colour in the wool carpet from running, and it eliminates tough odours, such as dog urine.

Saturate the stained area with the cleaning solution in your bucket. Rub it in lightly with a clean, white cloth.

Blot up all the cleaning liquid and remaining urine with a fresh white cloth. You may need more than one to successfully get up most of the liquid.

Rinse the area with water to get rid of any remaining soap residue in the wool carpet fibres. Blot again with a clean, white towel.


You may also add vinegar to the water in your carpet shampooer, and use that to clean up the dog urine on your wool carpet.


Never scrub a wool carpet with a stiff brush. It will pull the fibres loose. Do not use coloured cloths, as they can bleed colour into your wool carpet.

Things You'll Need

  • White cloth
  • 1 gallon water
  • Small bucket
  • 1 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 2 tbsp mild washing powder
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