How to Remove Pet Urine

Pets have many redeeming qualities and they enrich our lives but they sometimes urinate in the house. Generally this is a territorial issue, but it might be the result of old age induced incontinence. Occasionally it marks a sign of rebellion; or at least humans imagine it to be the case. Regardless of why it is done, what the pet owner needs to know is how to remove pet urine.

In an ideal world, the pet owner would get the urine up as soon as it hits the floor. That would make for fewer stains to set permanently; if the affected area is carpeted this is especially true. The visible mess on the carpet's surface is only a portion of the total problem.

Urine and the accompanying odor descends through a carpet, through the pad, and into the subfloor. A problem is that a dog can smell it even when you can't and his instinct tells him to relieve himself there over and over to mark his territory. So a single spot has the potential to be a headache.

Basic Fresh Urine Removal Steps

If you have pet urine problems frequently, consider buying a carpet shapooer/extractor. You can use it to rinse out and extract fresh urine and minimize the long term damage. These machines are a great investment. They can be rented at grocery stores or home improvement centers but by the time you get it home the damage has been done.

If in fact you do not own one, do the following right away. Soak up as much urine as you can with a white cotton towel or white paper towels by blotting the spot; do not rub it since rubbing has the potential to damage the carpet fibers. The more often one particular spot gets abuse, the more chance there is of this occurring.

Work on the spot beginning with a circle outside the stained area. Blot repeatedly as you move inward. Now use cool tap water to rinse the entire area to dilute the urine. Now blot the spot once again with fresh, clean towels. Now do the whole process again using club soda instead of water.

Next blot up as much as possible using towels. Put bricks or a stack of books on the towels to help leach the wetness out. Leave the towels on until the area feels dry to the touch.

Then use a fan to blow air on the uncovered spot. Let it blow overnight. The carpet surface might feel dry to the touch, however the padding will still be moist. A moist pad can can produce mildew and mold. Eventually the pad will decompose.


If the damage is done and the spot has dried out, it is too late to use the method outlined earlier. Now the urine is deteriorating chemically and re-wetting won't help.

First, find the suspect area(s); there might be more target spots than than are obvious to the naked eye. This is actually simple; close the drapes tightly and turn off the lights. Shine a black light over the floor. The peed-on areas will glow under the light.

The pad is not salvageable. You will have to pull the carpet up from its tack strips. Now roll it up to get it out of the way. Using your black light to find the bad pad. Next cut the pad out, then scrub and dry the subfloor. Patch in new padding and tape the edges to make sure it won't move.

Spread your carpet back out, stretch it with a kicker, and attach it to your tack strips. Now you will have to apply a commercial chemical product on the carpet surface to rid it of the smell and discourage further urination there.