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Help! My Pet Peed on my Couch! What do I do?

Updated: May 8

Has your pet peed in the wrong place? Here are 5 steps to immediately take care of pet urine stains and odors.

How do I clean my couch if my pet peed?

We all love our pets. We all hate when they pee anywhere they aren't supposed to. What is an owner to do on the fly when you find a new urine spot on upholstery or carpet?

These 5 steps will guarantee that you have no long-lasting odors or stains from the occasional pee-pee accident.

Step 1: Flood the area with water.

As soon as you know your dog peed on your couch you need to dilute the urine with a glass of tap water. If you have hard water, you will want to use bottled or filtered water in place of tap water. This is very important because hard water can leave it's own discoloration.

Step 2: Apply a towel

Apply firm pressure to a folded towel and to absorb the water and urine. Standing or kneeling on top of it helps if you have pain in your shoulders or have a hard time squatting down. You've held the towel there long enough when the area is still be damp but not soaking wet.

Step 3: Immediately saturate the urine stain again

When you saturate it the second time, use an enzyme based urine neutralizer. Bac-out is our preferred over the counter green cleaner. It’s great to always have on- hand just in-case. If you don't have a product like this, use tap water again. Remember to use bottled or filtered water if you have hard water to avoid accidental discoloration.

Step 4: Get a new towel, apply again.

Fold a new dry towel 2-4 times and again apply firm pressure. Standing on it works well or you can also put something heavy on top, for example a box or books to help absorb. Let's be real, no one wants to press for more than 30 seconds.

Step 5: Call a professional

Chances are if your dog went to the bathroom this time, they’ll do it again if they can still smell the urine. Bac-out is a great product, but dogs (and cats!) have a great sense of smell. Professional steam cleaning will reach deep into your couches, chairs and carpets to remove remaining traces of urine stains and odor.

Steam cleaning your couches (and area rugs and carpets!) is an important way to protect your furniture in the long term. Even without your dog peeing on it first. Dogs naturally have oils that stain the couch and hair that gets deep in couch fibers and hold on to odors.

Can professional carpet cleaners remove pet urine?

Hot water extraction, or steam cleaning is the most effective way to clean pet urine from the soft material surfaces like couches and carpets in your home. It's really important to follow the steps above, and call as soon as you can for an appointment. Sometimes you need more than one steam cleaning appointment if your pet has peed multiple times in the same area. There does come a point that the best option is to replace the flooring. Schedule a free estimate today and we an assess your home and the unique needs you have, and give you our professional opinion on the next best step for you to take.

Mr. Steam Carpet Cleaning has proudly steam cleaned couches, recliners and area rugs and carpets in Lake Oswego, West Linn, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Tigard and surrounding areas since 2008. We're Oregon's favorite Steam Cleaning Company!

Call or schedule online your no-obligation FREE estimate or to schedule your cleaning today.

*This post does NOT include affiliate links, just super helpful information for people who have pets peeing where they shouldn't.


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