Written by Anna Hollisey
Wet patches mysteriously appear, and soon the whole place smells bad… dog pee stains are the worst! We speak from experience. Here are the best ways to remove dog pee from carpets, mattresses, hardwood, and grass…
In most cases, the quicker you can act, the better the outcome. Don’t worry, we’ll also give some top tips on dealing with stains you didn’t notice until it was too late.
In order to act as quickly as possible, there’s a few things you always need to make sure you’ve got to hand. Spending ten minutes turning the house upside down looking for an old towel or the white vinegar is time that urine has to soak in. Always have a ‘dog pee stain kit’ easily accessible:
Catch it fast! Your first line of defense against pee stains is to soak away the liquid. Grab paper, regular towels or microfiber cloths and press them over the wet patch to absorb as much pee as possible.
Now, the pee’s sucked out, except for the fluid which was already absorbed by carpet fibers. To remove most of that, tip baking soda generously over the area (wait an hour, and then vacuum it all up).
If you didn’t catch your dog in the act (it happens!) and you’re looking at an older pee stain, do not use a steam cleaner. From personal trial-and-error, we know that steam can make the stain even more determined to stick around.
Instead, try one of these simple remedies:
Hardwood floors are different to carpet: once soaked in, the fluid can’t be persuaded back out! Urgent action is key. If your dog urinates, be ready to throw down a wad of towels as fast as possible.
Stuck with a stain? Don’t reach for the trusty vinegar solution. It can affect the finish on your hardwood floors. Instead, apply a small amount of bleach using a toothbrush to see whether you can remove the stain.
If that doesn’t work, you’ll probably need to sand and re-finish the floor. Trying to avoid big-budget fixes? You can sand the stained area using fine-grade sandpaper and then seal it using the original floor finisher (wax or oil). It might not blend in with the shade of the surrounding floor but, trust us, it will become less noticeable over time!
Now… your dog has peed there once. Will they return to the scene of the crime? Dogs like to repeat-urinate in one place. If this happens, try a dog urine deterrent like “Don’t Mark Here” – a floor-friendly mixture of distilled water with a scent that deters dogs.
The occasional sprinkle won’t harm your grass, but dogs are creatures of habit and they love to pee in the same place. You’ll know where that place is when a sad, brown circle appears in your prized lawn.
It’s a common misconception that acidic dog urine ‘burns’ grass, causing it to turn brown. While baking soda will neutralize pH level, it won’t affect the amount of nitrogen which is soaking down into the soil. And that’s the real cause of browned grass: excess nitrogen.
Just like your carpet and hardwood flooring, your grass is best protected by swift action. Throwing a can of water over your dog’s pee will dilute it and keep your grass safe. Of course, this depends on watching your dog every time they trot outside. Not always feasible.
Our favorite way to prevent the sad browns in your grass? Proactive planning. Install a pee-post in a spot where your dog is allowed to pee. (You can even purchase fake turf-covered stations with built-in trays to catch the pee.)
When you brought home your new puppy, letting them sleep on your mattress seemed like a good idea…
The carpet may look clean. It may even smell clean (kind of). But remember that your dog can smell 10,000 x better than you – and they like to return to their original peeing place next time.
So how can you be sure that you’re really getting rid of dog urine smells? You’ll need to use an enzyme-based cleaner. The type you want is a protease-based enzyme cleaner (the kind which is also found in biological laundry detergent).
Choose an enzymatic cleaner like Nature’s Miracle or Bissell Stain & Odor. The protease-based enzyme breaks down protein particles and stops odors from developing.
(If the stain doesn’t come out the first time, don’t worry. It can take a few applications to vanish.)