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Cleaning Fresh Pet Pee From Carpet

By September 20, 2016Pet Stains and Odor
If you are animal lover like we are, you may experience the occasional urine issue.  Sometimes you notice the urine soon after it happened, and cleaning fresh pet pee from carpet is easier than dealing with old stains.  If you are working with dog urine, you’re a bit more fortunate.  Dog pee is water based and easier to break down and remove than cat pee.  The reason cat urine is hard to remove is because it is oil based.

Tools You Will Need

To go about cleaning fresh pet pee from carpet you will need a few items.

  1. Clean water and a bucket or carrying vessel.
  2. Odor Eliminator* – NOT a cover up scent! (We can provide)
  3. Wet – Dry Shop vacuum that can extract water.
  4. An SOS Sub-Surface Extraction Tool is very helpful but not necessary.
  5. Towels
  6. Hydrogen Peroxide
  7. Box fan or air mover
  8. Patience

Steps for Cleaning Fresh Pet Pee from Carpet

  • First, blot up all of the urine you can with towels or paper towels, and remove them from the area to remove the odor from the home ASAP.  You will want a “clean nose” to detect urine later in the process.
  • Then, extract as much as possible with the wet/dry vac. The SOS Sub Surface Extraction tool is helpful (But not necessary) for improving the water recovery. You are attempting to draw as much offensive material from the carpet as possible before introducing more liquid that may spread the pee.
  • Following the initial extraction, flush with mixture of water and deodorizer, such as Fresh Wave.  Flush the area until the recovered water is clear. We do not recommend enzymes for fresh urine spots.
  • After you feel you have sufficiently flushed out all urine residue and have run your deodorizer of choice through the area, you need to extract as much water as possible.  Again, using your wet/dry vacuum and the SOS extraction tool remove water until you feel you cannot remove any more water.
  • After extracting as much as possible, blot the area with a towel to absorb as much surface moisture as you can.
  • If you still notice yellow discoloration on the area, you will need to determine if it is a stain or if there is still urine in the carpet.  Do this by smelling the area. If you smell urine, repeat your process, as you have yet to remove all of the urine.  If you do not have an odor, it is likely your nylon (or wool) carpet has stained. Apply light spray of 3% peroxide (can be diluted to 1.5% to decrease strength, always test for color loss in an inconspicuous area.) to remove yellowing.  This stain correction process sometimes produces better results when performed on dry carpet after the cleaning has been done and dried. (Always test peroxide for color loss in inconspicuous area.)
  • Put a fan on it to dry quickly.  An industrial powered centrifugal air mover is suggested, and can sometimes be rented at hardware stores. A ceiling fan, box fan or other home fan can also be used. Drying the area quickly will reduce spots wicking back up from deep in the pad.  If you do have a spot wick back on you (reappear after a few days) you will want to use the process for cleaning old pet stains from carpet as it is likely that you still have urine in the pad or carpet that has now dried.

Final Thoughts

Finding and working to correct the problem while it is still fresh definitely puts you at an advantage. But, sometimes even your best efforts will not remove all of the urine. If all of this sounds like more than you are willing to take on or if you have tried this method but still have a problem, then it may be time to call a professional. Decker’s Carpet Cleaning specializes in cleaning pet stains from carpet. We have years of experience dealing with this issue in our customer’s homes and even cleaning fresh pet pee from carpet in our own home. We can help you, too!