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Your Rug Smells like Dog Pee? Here’s What You Can Do!

“The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.

Johnny Depp, The Kentuckian World-Renown Actor

Dogs are our best friends. However, they might not be quite as friendly to our home as they are to us. If you have furry friends at home, then you should prepare yourself for scratches on the floor, the vase getting flipped, and worst of all, dog pee on your rug! ? 

But who can blame them for that? They’re the only creatures in this world that love us even more than ourselves, and no matter who we are, these furry angels always look up to us as their heroes. ?

On the other hand, you have bought a rug, hoping to charm your room with its delightful pattern and vivid colors, but what if the rug smells like dog pee instead? In this blog, we are giving proven tips to clean dog pee out of rug quickly, and effectively. ✅

How Does Dog Pee Damage Your Rugs?

Dog pee is the most common stain accident for rug owners. That terrible stink is not the only problem; that stain can severely damage the rug and the floor underneath. Dog urine is a protein-based liquid with a pH level ranging from 5.5-7, which means it’s acidic in most cases. The moisture is the biggest issue.

It provides a perfect place for mold, mildew, and bugs to grow inside your rug and eat off its fibers. That moisture also turns your rug into an incubator of germs and bacteria. That would be quite dangerous to you and your family, especially newborn kids and allergic people. The acid in the dog pee affects the delicate pH balance of your rugs, leading to burnt fibers and color run. If you ignore dog pee on your rug, it reaches out the floor underneath and damages it as well.

The proteins in the dog pee leave ugly yellowish marks on your rug and an awful smell. If you leave them to dry out, the urine turns into crystals that leave a much more intense odor each time it’s exposed to moisture.

For effective rug cleaning Washington D.C. and premium rug cleaning, especially in case of pet accidents, trust professional services to restore your rugs and maintain a clean environment.

The Clock Is Ticking For You ⏰

Getting dog pee out of a rug heavily relies on how fast you react to it. That is because the fresher the pee stain is, the easier it is to remove.

In the following section, I’m giving you tips for cleaning dog pee from rug when it’s fresh and after it’s dried.

How To Get Dog Pee Out of Rug Right After The Accident 

As I already mentioned, the sooner you react to the dog pee on rug, the better you can remove its stain and smell.

You need to remove the excess dog pee entirely and then break the protein chains with a homemade acidic solution. Next, neutralize the solution with baking soda, and remove the whole thing from the stained rug. 

Here I have listed what you’re going to need. ?

Terry cloth or paper towel | 1 cup of distilled white vinegar | 1 cup of water | 1 spray bottle | 1 box of baking soda

Once you notice the accident, grab a pack of paper towels or clean terry cloth and firmly press it on the urine bulk.

That should absorb all the liquid, so keep blotting the stained area until the paper towel you’re using is dry.

Avoid scrubbing the stain because it makes the stain larger and more challenging to remove.

After drying the stain, you should attack the remaining stinky proteins in the dog pee. Mix a cup of white vinegar with clean water and spray it on the stained area. The acids in the vinegar break the protein chains to help you remove pee smell from rug.

But you should know that vinegar is also acidic and damages your rug if left on it. So let the solution sit for just a few minutes.

To prevent the vinegar’s acids from damaging the rug, you should neutralize it by sprinkling baking soda on it. That also helps to absorb the remaining moisture and dog pee smell. 

Let the baking soda sit for a few hours (overnight may be), then vacuum it.

And Voila! Now your valuable rug is recovered. ?

How To Get Dog Pee Out of Rug Right After It Has Dried Out

This is much trickier, but it doesn’t mean you can’t win back your rug’s elegance. There are some at-home methods to help take care of it, but you should probably ask a rug expert to take care of it.

When the dog pee stain sits on the rug for a long while, it crystallizes in the rug’s foundation.

Those crystals won’t come out with regular vacuuming and leave a much stronger odor each time they’re exposed to moisture. Their acidic nature also damages the natural fibers of the rug.

The only solution here is to entirely flood your rug into the water to loosen those crystals and then get them out of the rug.

You probably can’t flood the rug into the water at home. Even if your rug fits into the bathtub, you won’t be able to extract the residual water from it completely.

That remaining moisture will be more troublesome than the dog pee stain because it invites mold, mildew, and bugs to come and eat off your rug.

That’s why I highly recommend you ask a professional to remove the long-stuck dog pee stains on your rugs.

A rug expert will use a solution more complex than water and vinegar to clean off the stain. Some rug cleaning solutions are made of harsh chemicals, which might be dangerous to your pets, kids, and rug.

You should ask the rug expert about their solution to make sure it’s allergen-free and harmless to your pets and kids.

The final part of the pet stain removal process at a professional rug cleaning company is drying. They use special equipment to entirely suck up all the remaining water from the just cleaned rug. Make sure the company has specialized in rug cleaning because carpet cleaners will use a hot steam cleaner. Their method works well on carpets but burns the delicate wool and silk fibers of your rug. And steam cleaning won’t reach out to your rug’s deep texture, so you’ll get a damaged rug that is still not cleaned.


If the dog pee stain is fresh, it can be solved with a simple at-home technique. But if it’s been stuck for a long while and dried out inside the rug, you should ask a rug expert to take care of it.

Where To Find The Best Rug Cleaners For Pets In Washington DC?

The fifth-generation field experience of our team helps us make your rug come back home with a refreshing aroma and very first-day look. ?✨

Our expertise has helped us develop a patented rug cleaning solution that is %100 organic, pet-friendly, eco-friendly, chemical-free, and allergen-free for cleaning dog urine from rugs perfectly.

We thoroughly inspect your stained rug to customize the proper rug cleaning process based on the rug’s age, condition, and construction. That helps cleaning the rug perfectly without damaging it during our 10-stage cleaning process.

Khazai Rug Cleaning has been proudly at the service of Washington DC with comprehensive Rug Cleaning & Repair services.

If your cute puppy has left a pee stain on your valuable rugs, don’t panic! Just give us a call, and we’ll take care of the rest!

Have your furry friends had urine accidents on your rugs so far? If yes, how did you take care of it? Let everybody know in the comments!

Author: David Khazai
Author: David Khazai

David Khazai is a 5th-generation rug proficient and certified rug appraiser. As an omniscient author, he explores components and symbolism, making him an exceptional expert in the rug cleaning & repair industry

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