How to Clean Pet Urine


If you have dogs, cats or other animals in the house, cleaning pet urine can be a problem. Here are some suggestions you can try.

Hardwood Floors

Get some water, wood soap and sponge (the thicker the better). Mix the soap with water. Clean it until the smell is gone. Dogs and cats will always return to the spot they urinated on because of the smell. For this reason, you should remove the stain completely.

Your wood soap may come with directions for usage. Follow it. Wipe in a back and forth manner. Use water to wash away the soap. Next mix white vinegar and water.

Apply some of it on the area. Let it dry for a couple of minutes. Finish cleaning pet urine by dipping a sponge in warm water. Use this to wipe away the vinegar and water.


Put the spray on the carpet cleaner. Clean the carpet with the sponge. When the carpet dries, clean it up with a vacuum. You can also use baking soda. Pour a generous amount on the stain. Sprinkle some white vinegar on it.

Ascertain the soda is saturated. You should see foam arising. Let the foam settle down. Vacuum the carpet when it has dried.

Getting Rid of the Scents Thoroughly

A dog or cat will go back to the area if it smells the urine. To be
sure, return to the area after an hour. If there is any smell, repeat the cleaning pet urine process. This should be enough to get rid of any stains and scents.

Vinegar and Enzyme Cleaners

For new stains, cover the stain with paper towels or newspapers. Allow it to soak as much of the urine as possible. Depending on the amount, it might take as much as 15 to 20 minutes to absorb the urine.

Remove the towel or paper. Soak a sponge with cold water and wipe the area. Cover it again with paper towels. Mix a tablespoon of white vinegar with a couple of cups of warm water. Apply this on the stain.

Allow it to dry. Put some enzyme cleaners on it to totally eliminate the smell. Directions differ per product, so follow the specific instructions for cleaning pet urine.


If you have carpets, consider investing in a hand held black light. This device is used to detect dried stains. Turn off the light and turn the device on. The stains will appear. It’s important that you clean up any dried urine stains. If you don’t, the smell will not go away.

Don’t use the vacuum cleaner on the carpet until it has fully dried. You can also use hydrogen peroxide to clean the stain. Avoid using cleaning products with ammonia. Dog urine consists partly of ammonia. Its presence may encourage the dog to return to the spot.

Even if you train the animal, it pays to know how cleaning pet urine is done. The next time the dog or cat decides to pee on the floor, at least you know how to clean it up.