How Do I Remove Dried Dog Urine Stains From Carpet With Vinegar?

By Elle Di Jensen

When your pooch leaves a puddle on the carpet, he also leaves behind an obvious stain. The soiled area might be less noticeable on a darker rug, but you'll still be able to see it and even smell it if it's not thoroughly cleaned. Vinegar is useful for removing dried dog urine stains from carpets because it . While vinegar alone isn't effective when the stains are dried, teaming baking soda and water up with vinegar will get the job done.

Removing Dry Stains

Step 1

Mix equal parts of vinegar and warm water and place them in the spray bottle. For example, use 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water.

Step 2

Cover the stained area of your carpet with a generous layer of baking soda. Use enough baking soda so that the color and pattern of the carpet is covered and can't be seen.

Step 3

Spray the baking soda with the vinegar and water solution using the spray bottle. Don't saturate the soda until it's soggy, but do spray on enough to make a paste.

Step 4

Allow the vinegar and baking soda paste to sit for at least two hours or up to overnight.

Step 5

Use the scrub brush to loosen the dried paste and the stain.

Step 6

Run the vacuum cleaner over the area to clean away the dried vinegar and soda paste.

Step 7

If some stubborn soda still remains after you vacuum once, spay a light mist of vinegar and water over it to re-wet the baking soda, and place a dry rag over the area for another hour or two until it dries again. Then vacuum a second time.

Removing a Recent Stain

Step 8

Place dry rags or paper towels over the fresh stain and press down to remove as much liquid as you can.

Step 9

Pour undiluted vinegar over the stain. Use enough to soak into the pad below.

Step 10

Place fresh rags over the stain and blot again, pressing down or stepping on them to draw excess moisture from the carpet.