Odor comes standard with pets of all shapes and sizes. From furry canines that shake themselves dry all over the living room rug, to indoor-outdoor cats that leave paw prints on your favorite accent chair, keeping up with pets is a lot of work.
One of the more difficult pet odors to eliminate is urine, especially after it settles into rug and carpet fibers. If you have a furry friend at home that is prone to accidents or a rug that is in desperate need of a cleaning, Fresh Wave odor experts have put together a step-by-step guide to get dried dog pee out of carpets and rugs.
Steps to Get Dried Dog Pee Out of Carpets & Rugs
- Start By Soaking the Area
- Absorb the Vinegar Solution
- Reapply and Allow to Soak Again
- Apply Baking Soda
- Vacuum the Spot and Fight Odor
- Refresh With Odor Eliminators
- Bonus Step: Give Your Dog a Thorough Clean
1. Start By Soaking the Area
To get dog pee smell out of a rug — especially after it has dried — you should start by rewetting the spot. The sooner you can rewet the dried spot and soak up the mess, the sooner the fibers in your carpeting or rug will be able to bounce back from the accident, allowing you to eliminate any remaining odor with your favorite odor removing products.
To rewet the spot, start by mixing white vinegar with water (undiluted vinegar can damage carpet fibers). Soak a rag in the solution or pour a small amount directly onto the old stain. White vinegar’s acidic properties are perfect for breaking down alkaline stains like urine, making it the ideal first step for tackling stubborn stains and odors like those from dog urine.
Allow the solution to sit for a moment to ensure it soaks into the fibers and the dried spot. You may even see wetness on the rug’s backing, and that’s ok. White vinegar will not leave a stain or cause discoloration, especially when diluted with water. You can even test a small, discrete section of the rug to make sure.
2. Absorb the Vinegar Solution
Once you’ve saturated the area with vinegar, it’s time to re-absorb as much of the mess as you can. Cover the old patch with a dry, old rag. Make sure the rag is clean before using it so you don’t inadvertently add an additional stain as you get the dried dog pee out of the carpet.
Apply pressure to the rag. You can either do this by pressing the palm of your hand onto the towel and releasing it, or you can step onto the towel and release your foot. The more pressure you apply to the towel, the more liquid will be soaked up when you release your hand or foot.
3. Reapply and Allow to Soak Again
Now that you’ve removed some of the old mess, you can repeat step 1 by adding undiluted white vinegar to the spot again, and allowing it to sit. Vinegar is extremely effective at neutralizing odor, but in order for it to work on an old spot, you may have to be persistent.
Re-soak the area until it becomes wet again, and allow the solution to sit for 24 hours. If you don’t want to use white vinegar, opt for a cleanser with enzymes. This will help treat old, smelly stains and get pee smell out of a rug.
After your cleaning product of choice has sat for at least a day, treat the spot again. This will ensure that your cleaning solution effectively penetrates dense fiber and carpeting and eliminates stubborn odors that thrive in porous material.
4. Apply Baking Soda
Another powerful, odor eliminating solution that has many versatile uses like getting rid of odors in boots and deodorizing a gym bag, is baking soda. Baking soda will not cause discoloration and is effective against odor in carpet fibers and other porous surfaces around the house. It’s also highly formidable when combined with Fresh Wave odor eliminating products to fight odors in the air as well as surfaces.
To use baking soda to get dog pee smell out of a rug, sprinkle a generous amount onto the area and allow it to sit for a moment. The secret to baking soda’s effectiveness lies in its crystal-like structure. Volatile molecules bind to its surface and neutralize without leaving an unpleasant residue or causing a smell.
5. Vacuum the Spot
The final step in how to get dog pee smell out of a rug is to vacuum up the baking soda, and continue your odor eliminating steps throughout the room.
As you vacuum, the beads will release a powerful, odor-fighting formula to eliminate any smells from vacuum exhaust or odors related to your vacuum bag. This will ensure that you aren’t introducing additional foul smells in your effort to get pee smell out of the rug.
6. Refresh With Odor Eliminators
After you’ve vacuumed over the spot and have cleaned up the baking soda, mist the area with Fresh Wave Odor Removing Pet Spray. This powerful odor remover absorbs and eliminates pet smells with natural plant oils (including zesty orange oil).
You can also light a Fresh Wave Odor Removing Candle or use Fresh Wave Odor Removing Spray to eliminate lingering pet smells. While you won’t be applying these products directly to the spot on your rug, any additional odor removing products you use around the accident will only help eliminate lingering odor, and leave clean scents in the air.
Bonus Step: Give Your Dog a Thorough Clean
If you’re a dog owner, chances are you’re all too familiar with that ever-evasive dog smell on couches, rugs, pillows, and comfy chairs. Thankfully, the odor eliminating experts at Fresh Wave have applied their powerful and natural odor removing formula to more than just room sprays and candles, they also make a gentle-to-use, Odor Removing Dog Shampoo!
The next time you wash your four-legged friend, simply squeeze a small portion of Fresh Wave Odor Removing Dog Shampoo onto your dog’s wet fur when they’re in the bath, and lather. Just like Fresh Wave’s room Sprays, Candles, Wax Melts, and Gels, the proprietary formula is made with natural ingredients with no added chemicals and fragrances.
After you’ve lathered your pet’s fur with Fresh Wave’s gentle dog shampoo, you can rinse and repeat (let’s be honest: some pet baths require two applications of shampoo). Finish by thoroughly drying your pet — just make sure they don’t make a beeline for that pristine rug!