Dog urine stains can quickly ruin your carpet. Even worse, when the smell of urine lingers, your dog is more likely to continue soiling the carpet. To effectively house-train your dog, you should remove stains immediately, but it's still possible to get them up weeks later.
Rub an enzyme-based carpet cleaner into your carpet using a carpet cleaning brush or toothbrush. Allow the cleaner to set according to the package instructions or for 15 to 20 minutes. Then blot—do not rub—it with paper towels until the area is dry. If there is still a visible stain, repeat this step until the stain is not visible.
Apply a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water directly to the stain. This helps remove particles deep in the carpet fiber and reduces odor. It also removes any carpet cleaning residue. Allow the solution to set for five minutes, then blot with a paper towel.
Wait for the stain to dry, then spray on a urine odor neutralizer. These products discourage future soiling and are available at most pet stores.
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Brenna Davis is a professional writer who covers parenting, pets, health and legal topics. Her articles have appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines as well as on websites. She is a court-appointed special advocate and is certified in crisis counseling and child and infant nutrition. She holds degrees in developmental psychology and philosophy from Georgia State University.