How to Clean Pet Urine

When pets urinate in unwanted areas, indoors or out, it takes a special cleaning product to remove the remaining odor. Although we may not smell it, pets can and will do the deed in the same location over and over. There are enzymatic cleaning products available that will break down the urine and remove the odor for good, lessening the chances of a repeat occurrence. Whether you’re training a puppy, have a cat that marks its territory or a guinea pig whose had an accident, the removal process remains pretty much the same. See either of our guides below for steps and products to treat these nasty stains and odors. 


  1. Lynn says:

    Treat the urine spot first, get as much of it cleaned up as you can, then steam clean the carpet to get the rest of the odor out.

  2. Lynn says:

    Dogs and cats smell ammonia and think another animal has peed there – which means the dog or cat will feel the need to cover the other animal’s scent with their own to reclaim their territory. Be sure you only use ammonia-free cleaning products if you have animals in the house.

  3. Lynn says:

    Be sure to get one that says it will destroy pet odors; a lot of them won’t. Follow the directions for treating the messy spot, and then you may have to do it again to get all of it up. Treat the area around the spot too just in case you missed any splatters.

  4. Lynn says:

    Soak up as much urine as you can and then pour a bunch of salt on the spot. The salt will soak up the rest of the mess, and then you can vacuum it up. Best of all, salt is cheap and it won’t hurt you or your pet!

  5. Lynn says:

    Pet stores carry a spray that will keep animals from coming around a particular area. If your pet is doing its business in corners all over the house, clean those areas thoroughly and then treat with spray to keep the animal out.

  6. Mary B says:

    Apply your treatment of choice AROUND the stain FIRST. That way, when the stain bleeds outward from the treatment you put on it, it will run into a wall of odor-fighting product, instead of your cleaning product spreading the stain further and further out.

    If the urine soaked through to the pad, your treatment will have to also, in order to be effective. In order to avoid mold growing between your carpet pad and floor (it usually dries enough between the carpet & the pad; it’s under the pad that really supports mold growth), you will need to pull up that section of rug to let it dry thoroughly. Mold grows in about 48 hours, so it needs to be dry before then. If your carpet has been there awhile, it’s probably stretched out enough that you will easily be able to push the carpet back down on the tack strips at the edge of the wall, without using a stretcher, muscle, or any knowledge of carpet-laying. And keep the cat’s box clean and scooped, with at least as many litter boxes as cats! (SPCA says one more than that.) MANY fastidious cats who would never DREAM of peeing on carpet will feel forced to if their litter box smells to them. Use deep, scoop-able litter, scoop daily, and bleach boxes every 1-2 weeks & fill with fresh scoop-able litter. If it is deep enough that the waste never touches bottom, it will stay fresh longer if scooped daily.

  7. Cecily says:

    I have found that the best agent to get rid of cat urine is Ariel liquid biological soap. I tried all the expensive spray stuff that is sold to get rid of cat urine, but nothing else works.

    You literally wash the carpet and suck dry with a VAX carpet cleaner.


  8. Roger says:

    I am thinking of buying a house, but the lady that lived there before had dogs and cats in the house. Apparently they went to the bathroom more on the floors of the whole house than outside, and for a long time! All the carpet has been pulled up, but the house stinks unbearably. Can this house be reclaimed? Can you please tell me what to do?

  9. Sandy says:

    Hello, Does anyone know how to remove cat urine stains from car aluminum rims? Some cats urinated on my rims and now the stains won’t come off and they look ugly – it became green stains.

  10. Rebecca says:

    “Use deep, scoop-able litter, scoop daily, and bleach boxes every 1-2 weeks & fill with fresh scoop-able litter.”

    Be careful when bleaching the litter box to make sure it is fairly clean when you do this. I usually prewash with the garden house nowadays. If there is any urine still in the box, the ammonia in it will react badly to the bleach.

    Normally this isn’t a big deal, because the amount of urine left in the box is negligible. However, I did want to warn, because most people don’t think about that. We were on vacation for about a week, pet-sitter didn’t clean up the litter box, so we came back to a rather dirty box. Even after dumping the litter, there were still clumps on the bottom, but I figured the bleach would take care of it. Yeah… we had to move all the animals into our bedroom for the night with our window AC running full blast because of the fumes.

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