Dogs are among the most popular pets for homeowners. We play with them, give them love and attention, and take care of them with pleasure. Sometimes our dogs have accidents on the carpet or upholstered furniture. Usually, you discover this surprise when you come home tired after the long, busy day at work. To get rid of the pee smell permeating your home, you take the easy route and reach for the air-freshener to mask the odor. But for how long? Moreover, pet urine usually consists of acid, which can destroy fragile surfaces. This article will provide pet owners with some useful advice about how to efficiently clean dog pee out of your carpet or furniture, both the stain and the smell.

Removing the odor with a vinegar & water mixture is key to the cleanup. 

It's very important to remove any odor on the carpet or sofa because dogs are attracted by the scent and it's highly likely your dog will return to that same spot and do it again. However, the secret to cleaning up all the evidence of the accident is not necessarily expensive and messy. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Use a cloth or towel to blot up and absorb as much of the urine as possible.
  2. Prepare your homemade detergent by mixing white wine vinegar with warm water.
  3. Fill a spray bottle with the vinegar mixture and apply on the stain.
  4. Use a brush and with gentle movements let the liquid permeate the tissues of the carpet. The vinegar has deodorizing power, which will eliminate the urine odor.
  5. Soak up the moisture with a paper towel, but don't rub.
  6. Allow the spot air dry.
  7. Sprinkle baking soda on the soiled area and spray with the vinegar again. It will make a small chemical reaction, but it's normal.
  8. Let the baking soda sit for 10 to 15 minutes and then dab the area with a wet sponge.
  9. Vacuum clean the spot and leave it to dry. You can use a fan to speed up the drying process.
Using this cleaning method will eliminate all signs of the accident.  


What if you find a pile of your dog's poop on the carpet?

If you are a lucky one, your pet will leave a solid, well-formed nugget you can simply pick up. But if your dog left something a little mushier, roll up your sleeves. First, remove as many hard particles as possible. Try not to squish or spread the mess. Then use the trusty white vinegar and baking soda method described above to clean the mess and eliminate the odor. 

Plan ahead. Mix up a batch of a sweeter scented alternative to the vinegar solution:

  1. In a container or jar, mix brown sugar, lemon peels and water.

  2. Shake the mixture well so that everything is thoroughly mixed.

  3. Quickly loosen the cap in order to degas the mixture, otherwise, it may burst.

  4. The experts at Top Wood Green Cleaning Services say to leave the mixture to sit for three months. After that your citrus, chemical-free detergent will be ready for use! 

If you are a pet-lover, it is normal to have had to deal with pet urine or other accidents at least once in your life. We can't blame our four-legged friends for that, but just provide them with our love and try to avoid the next accident by getting rid of smell and stains. Pets are attracted by the smell of ammonia (which is the smell of urine), so the chance to repeat this accident is very high, especially if you don't get rid of the odor.  

With these tips, you can avoid spending a lot of money forspecial detergents and air-freshener, by using the power of products you may already have at home! 

A big tail wag to Joanna Wilkins for this helpful guide to cleaning up your doggy's accidents in a way that will help you prevent them from happening in the same spot again and again. 

Doggy diapers and Belly bands.
If the accident problems persist and your training efforts aren't working, you can help control accidents with doggy diapers for girl dogs and belly bands for boy dogs. Each is an easy and effective way to protect your carpet and furniture from further stains and odors.