How To Get Rid Of Dog or Cat Urine Smell In Your Carpets
27 February, 2012

Every pet owner knows that when your cat or dog urinates on the carpet, the smell is very hard to pick up.  I know it isn’t pretty, but it is the reality of pet ownership.  Even if you clean up right after it happens, the smell can remain.

The smell of dog or cat urine is very distinctive, making it uncomfortable to be in that room, embarrassing to have company over and simply unpleasant!   

Below are some steps to help you get rid of the odor.

Finding the Stain

Obviously, you need to find where the urine smell is located. Look for dark, wet spots on the carpet. If the urine stain is older, it may already be dried and the only sign may be a slightly yellowish discoloration. If you can detect the urine smell but can not seem to find the stain, try using a flashlight or some device that is ultraviolet. Your dog or cat’s urine stain will glow yellow or green under ultraviolet light and may be easier to find. !

Use a commercial Deodorizer

Clean the stain with a commercial urine odor deodorizer. You can also use a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. The mixture should be one part vinegar to every two parts water. Spray the urine stain until it is slightly damp. Press a few paper towels down over the urine stain to soak up the moisture. Allow the area to dry. It may take several hours, depending on the size of the stain.

Sorry about the smell!

Baking Soda

Sprinkle baking soda over the urine stain area and let it sit for about an hour or so. Vacuum the baking soda.

If the stain is already embedded in the carpet, try the following:

Clean area with a wet vacuum

Clean the soiled area with a wet vacuum to remove all traces of old scented cleaners and deodorizers. Use warm water and do not add any type of cleaner.

Use an enzyme- based solution

Apply an enzyme-based odor neutralizer to the affected area. Use enough product to soak the carpet and the padding underneath. Read the label closely and allow the cleaner to remain on the carpet for the recommended amount of time.

Repeat with the wet vacuum

Clean with the wet vacuum again, this time using a carpet shampoo designed to remove pet stains and odors. Repeat once or twice if any sign of the stain or odor remains.  Then, allow the carpet to dry thoroughly.


If the urine smell is still present after all of the above steps, you should consider having your carpet cleaned professionally.  Good luck!

Related Posts

How To Find A Dog Trainer
Fostering a Rescue Dog  
Should I Hire A Dog Trainer
High Energy Dogs
Should You Buy Your Puppy A Mattress?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *