How To Remove Urine From Carpet

Easy Pet Stain Removal

If you have pets, buy one item for your home, get a wet vacuum!

If a pet has an accident on your carpet or upholstery, and you get to it while still wet, what do you do? Do you get a stack of paper towels to mash the urine into the padding?

NO! Use a wet vac or a small spot removal machine. Simply suck up any liquid. This will allow the urine to be sucked up out of the fiber. If nothing else is available, use paper towels. Wet vacs are available at most any department store for $25-$75. Or, use a carpet spot removal machine.

It is more convenient with a small spot removal machine because its smaller and you are more likely to get it out of the closet when a minor accident occurs. The larger, upright carpet cleaning machines are too bulky for small problems, they break down all the time, and hardly do much good for larger areas anyway. Instead, use a wet vacuum. After you’ve removed all the liquid you possibly can treat the area with a proper spot remover or enzyme. The biggest mistake most pet owners make is adding the wrong type of spot remover to a urine spot before they remove the urine. Doing this will give you a puddle of urine with some spot remover in it. This is hardly considered cleaning. Make sure you remove any liquid matter BEFORE adding a spot remover.

Follow these steps:

  1. Locate all affected areas using a black light
  2. Extract the urine with any wet vacuum or shop vac.
  3. If you have a spot removal machine that allows you to rinse with water, put plain water with no detergent in the tank. Rinse out as much of the urine as possible. since urine will change to an alkaline when dry, most common store-bought carpet cleaning spot removers will be ineffective at removing it.
  4. Extract the water with several dry vacuum passes
  5. Repeat steps 1-3 if necessary.

If urine stays in the carpet or upholstery for an extended period of time, it WILL permanently stain. Even worse, it will eventually eat away the backing of the fiber and destroy the carpet or upholstery. Not to mention the unhealthy situation and odor the urine will cause. The best thing you can do for any type of pet accident is remove it right away. The longer the problem stays in the fiber, the worse the problem becomes. Professional cleaning is still necessary for overall maintenance. If you cannot remove the stain or odor, call us immediately at 208-314-3099.

What cleaning agents to use AFTER the liquid has been removed?


You can buy our Pet enzyme by clicking Here. Enzymes are usually the best cleaning agent for urine, vomit, and feces. We use enzymes for professional cleaners. An enzyme is the only cleaning agent that actually eats up the bad bacteria in urine. There are many enzymes on the market. Some work well, some do not. You can also dilute 1 cup of vinegar with two cups of water. The acid-base of vinegar will help removal of a fresh urine spot, but it won’t actually digest any of the urine like an enzyme does. CAUTION: DO NOT USE THESE SPOTTERS ON URINE OR VOMIT!!! Never use any high ph or high residue product. This would include ammonia and Resolve carpet spotter. I have seen many instances where the wrong product caused a urine stain to be permanent. The use of oxygen bleach is also risky on many carpets.

Facts About Pet Urine

  • Urine is acidic, but once dry leaves a salt alkaline residue
  • Urine is detected more in the humid months due to moisture trapped in the salt crystals of the urine and emanating an ammonia-like odor.
  • Some urine stains are not noticed until after the carpet is cleaned.
  • A general rule is if over 20% of the carpet has been saturated, it is too costly to try to clean/deodorize and should simply be replaced.
  • Female dogs and cats have higher levels of nitrogen in their urine, which attacks the dyes in carpet leaving a lighter-colored area which can only be corrected by dying the carpet.
  • Females will usually urinate in areas of high traffic away from walls.
  • Male animals tend to mark vertical territories, such as walls and furniture.
  • Urine on vertical surfaces can spread to baseboards, moldings, and other flooring material.

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