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How to Clean Pee from Carpet: Effective Urine Removal Tips

Are you dealing with a urine stain on your carpet? Perhaps your pet decided to relieve himself, or your kid had an accident. Regardless of the source, a urine stain can prove an eyesore, and you might end up dealing with an unpleasant odor. Luckily, here are effective tips for removing urine from the carpet without needing professional cleaning services. 

Quick Fixes 

When it comes to pee on your carpet, you cannot let it sit. You have to be quick and take action immediately. Here are some quick fixes that you can try:

Dab with Paper Towels

Use paper towels to blot the pee spot. You can also use a clean cloth instead of a paper towel. The purpose is to blot quickly by using a cloth or towel to absorb the urine. The quicker you act, the better you will be able to soak up the urine. However, do not rub the affected area, as that could lead to urine stains on the carpet. Moreover, rubbing will push the urine deep into the carpet fibers. 

Sprinkle Baking Soda

Perhaps the most popular remedy for getting urine out of the carpet is to sprinkle baking soda. Again, the emphasis is on swift action. Keep a box of baking soda handy so you can sprinkle some onto the urine whenever the need arises. Let the baking soda sit for 15 to 30 minutes, then vacuum the carpet. This step will help you remove much of the urine. 

Sprinkle baking soda
Sprinkle baking soda

DIY Urine Cleaners

Removing urine does not have to involve you buying expensive products or contacting a carpet cleaning company. You can easily make a DIY cleaner using household products. Here are some ideas:

Vinegar Solution

Create a solution using equal quantities of white vinegar and water. Apply the solution onto the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Next, blot it using a cloth. You can use warm water to create this solution.  


Combine hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to make a paste. This DIY stain remover is effective; you only need to apply it to the affected area. Once it dries, vacuum your carpet. 

Enzyme Cleaner

Combine dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, distilled white vinegar, and baking soda in a spray bottle. You can also add essential oils to this enzymatic mixture to eliminate the urine odor. Simply spray this cleaning solution and let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes. Then, blot the pet’s urine and allow your carpet to dry. 

Before using a DIY cleaner, test any cleaning solution you make on an inconspicuous area of the carpet. This step ensures you do not have to deal with color fading or any other issues down the line. Also, avoid using ammonia, as the substance could mix with the dried urine and lead to a foul odor.

Professional Carpet Cleaning

In some cases, DIY methods might not work. You might get as much urine from a carpet as possible, but the odors and stains remain. In this situation, you can consider professional carpet cleaning. 

Try professional cleaning services
Try professional cleaning services

Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning is a reliable and safe method for cleaning human urine from carpets. This technique involves combining hot water and a cleaning solution. The carpet cleaner applies this mixture using a high-pressure hose or spray. The mixture penetrates the carpet’s fibers, making the stain and odor easier to remove. 

Odor Neutralizing

Professional cleaners use different products to get the smell of urine from your carpet. These products include odor-neutralizing agents that remove the pee smells and leave your carpet smelling fresh.  

Dry Cleaning

You can also opt for dry carpet cleaning for effective urine removal. Carpet cleaning companies use high-powered drying equipment for this purpose. 

Remember to ask a professional cleaner about long-term stain protection. Stain protection will protect your carpet from future dog urine incidents. Moreover, you can also look for eco-friendly cleaning options to prevent using chemicals and other potentially harmful ingredients. 

Preventative Measures

You don’t want to deal with urine smells and pet stains all over your carpet. This is why it is important to soak up as much urine as possible as soon as you see it and take certain preventative measures. These steps will make life easier for you and preserve the look and feel of your carpets. 

Train Your Pets

Whether you have a cat or dog, your pet is a creature of habit. You can train your pet to pee in a designated area, preventing dog pee on the carpet. You must reinforce positive behavior, especially when your dog pees where you want them to. You can offer treats and also verbal praise to communicate this. 

Potty training your pets is essential
Potty training your pets is essential

Place Padding Underneath

Pets tend to frequent areas where there is high traffic in the house. In this situation, you should place a carpet pad that will soak up most of the urine out of the carpet. Using a pad can eliminate the need to remove and replace the carpet because of urine. 

Act Quickly

We cannot stress this point enough, but you must act quickly if your pet pees on the carpet. If you let the pee stay as it is for a few minutes, you will have stains and odors that might prove unbearable. Rinse the area immediately to remove pet pee odor and stain without deep cleaning. Cat pee and dog pee smells are unpleasant, to say the least, and therefore, soak as much urine as possible with paper towels or cloths right away. 

Keep in mind that new urine is much easier to clean. If you don’t act quickly, you might need a top-of-the-line urine remover to remove pee stains and odors from your carpet. 


Just because your dog or cat peed on your carpet doesn’t mean you should think about replacing it. Even for tough stains, there are effective cleaning methods. Rather than simply covering up the stain, follow the steps above to clean your carpet promptly!

Michael F

Michael F

Owner, Elevated Cleaning

Michael started Elevated Cleaning to help fill a gap in the Florida cleaning market. With a focus on quality, and a passion for giving back to the community, Elevated Cleaning continues to serve hundreds of happy homeowners each month.

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Michael F.

Michael F.

Owner, Elevated Cleaning

Michael started Elevated Cleaning to help fill a gap in the Florida cleaning market. With a focus on quality, and a passion for giving back to the community, Elevated Cleaning continues to serve hundreds of happy homeowners each month.

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