Pet Urine Stains – What to do?  Removing the odor from your rug after a pet urine accident is relatively simple.  But the pH level of the stains left behind change as they dry, sometimes causing permanent color loss, or bleeding of the dyes.  In extreme cases, when layers of pet urine has been allowed to build up over time, “dry rot” will develop and the foundation yarns may not be sturdy enough for cleaning.  At that point you’ll have to make a decision – Have it professionally cleaned at your own risk of damage and hope for some degree of improvement*, or replace the rug entirely.  So, before you get to that point…

Treat Pet Urine Stains Immediately!  We understand – It’s not always convenient to take your rug to a professional and experienced rug cleaner right away.  Here are a few steps to follow at home to keep any damage down to a minimum until you’re ready to schedule a full cleaning. Be sure to follow the steps carefully, and be patient – sometimes it takes a few tries before you see real results – It’s all about the chemistry.  

REMEMBER:  Always BLOT – never rub or scrub, which could distort and damage the fibers.  And always test in an inconspicuous area before spot cleaning your rug – If you observe significant color transfer on your towel or paper towels, you may want to stop and consider taking it to a professional rug cleaner. It will require special chemical treatments to prevent dye bleeding and loss of color, and should only be administered by a professional.

For Fresh (still wet) Pet Stains:  

  1. Before you start, BLOT (don’t rub) as much of the moisture out of the rug as possible using a white towel or paper towels.
  2. Using a detergent solution of a teaspoon of colorless dish soap to a cup of tepid water, carefully sprinkle this over the area and work it in with your fingertips and then blot again, starting at the outer edges of the stain and working in toward the center (to prevent making the stain any bigger!).
  3. Next, using an ammonia solution of 1/4 cup of clean household ammonia to a cup of water, sprinkle this solution over the area and work it in with your fingertips, then blot – again, starting at the outer edges of the stain and working in toward the center.
  4. Next, using a vinegar solution of 1/3 cup of white vinegar to 2/3 cup of water, sprinkle this solution over the area and work it in with your fingertips, then blot – again, starting at the outer edges of the stain and working in toward the center.
  5. Finally, after all traces of pet urine have been removed, sprinkle plain, tepid water over the area and work it in with your fingertips as a final rinse.  Then blot the area thoroughly.

For Dry (older) Pet Stains:

  1. Using a vinegar solution of 1/3 cup of white vinegar to 2/3 cup of water, sprinkle this solution over the area and work it in with your fingertips, then blot – starting at the outer edges of the stain and working in toward the center (to prevent making the stain any bigger!).
  2. Using a detergent solution of a teaspoon of colorless dish soap to a cup of tepid water, carefully sprinkle this over the area and work it in with your fingertips and then blot – again, starting at the outer edges of the stain and working in toward the center.
  3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until the stain has improved.
  4. When the pet urine stain has improved to satisfaction, sprinkle plain, tepid water over the area and work it in with your fingertips as a final rinse.  Then blot the area thoroughly.

(*Although a professional cleaning by Disaster Recovery can guarantee pet ODOR removal, no guarantees can be made on older, dry pet urine STAINS. Sometimes they are permanent and will require professional, chemical treatments to see any significant improvement. These treatments should only be administered by a trained professional.)

Disaster Recovery offers FREE Inspections of your area rugs.  Your rug will be carefully evaluated as to its construction and condition, any existing damage and stains, and the best method to clean and preserve it.  We also recommend and offer fabric protector, custom rug pads, moth treatments and professional wrapping for long-term storage.  If you’re interested in a professional appraisal of your rug and/or need custom repairs (fringe, binding repair, etc.), we also work with a nationally-certified and accredited Appraiser and Repair company.  Just give us a call at (307) 686-0078 and set up your appointment today!