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How to Get Rid of Dog Pee or Dog Urine Smell

Updated on November 16, 2015
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Dog Pee Spots - Find With Black Light
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The scent of dog pee can certainly be bothersome and sometimes very difficult to eliminate. You might have just moved into a new home and have realized that the pets of the previous owner have left their odors all over the house. You may have tried almost everything to get rid of this odor, such as scrubbing the floor with pine sol, bleach, lime, and other recommended cleaners. You might have even removed old pads and carpets, replacing them with new ones. However, no matter what you did, the odors still lingered.

You may have asked yourself the question, why am I unable to get rid of this odor? The answer is simple -- you have to take the usual professional approach to eliminate pet odors.

  1. First, you have to locate the spots where the animals were urinating.
  2. You then have to destroy the bacteria that is responsible for causing the odor.
  3. Finally, you have to seal the areas.

Most pets have a favorite spot where they repeatedly urinate. In addition to the wood underlayment or concrete floor, urine can be absorbed by baseboard and quarter-round moldings, drywalls or plasters, and even drapes. Bacteria in urine can also become airborne, which means spores can end up on walls, windowsills and amazingly enough, even ceilings. In severe cases, urine may have soaked into insulation and ductwork.

If you had installed new carpets and pads, first you have to remove them. Next, check everywhere using a black light and moisture detector(many pet supply stores will rent or sell them) to find the spots and urine deposits. Urine spots are usually not visible to the naked eyes, however, in a darkened room, the salts found in urine become fluorescent in the presence of ultraviolet light making urine spots visible.

You should mark all damaged areas once they are found, then let them aired out thoroughly. At this point, you may use a fogging machine loaded with an odor counteractant to penetrate surfaces and neutralize the smell. The suggestion is that you should try renting one from a large rental yard or fire restoration specialty company. If you are unable to do so, you should saturate the damaged areas with a product containing liquid enzyme.

According to the Pros, one such product for example, is the Nature's Miracle Stain and odor remover which is widely available at pet stores. You are advised not to use any enzyme product in conjunction with any other soap or disinfectant, as they can interfere with the reaction that occurs.

Allow the area to dry completely, which may take an average of up to 2wks. Your next step is to seal the plywood floor with a thinned polyurethane or a product like NILZ, once the surface is dry. You can purchase this product or any other brand at a hardware store such as the Home Depot.

To get rid of that bothersome odor of dog pee that has been absorbed in walls, you may have to apply a fresh coat of paint. However, priming is essential before painting, as it prevents the odor from bleeding through the new coat of paint. The best type of primer usually recommended, is the alcohol-based white-pigmented Shellac, which is believed to inhibit pet odors by absorbing it.

The final step is to reinstall the carpet. However, you are advised not to reinstall old pads. You should use new pads instead, simply because old pads trap odors.

To summarize, it can be a tedious job trying to eliminate the bothersome odor of dog pee, however, if you apply the above recommendation which include: first finding the areas,then treat them before finally sealing them, you can successfully eliminate all pet's odor.

Copyright(c) I.McFarlane 2012

I Knew That if I Did Not Do Something About It...

Dog Pee Odor - The 3 Simple Steps To Eliminate It

© 2012 I.W. McFarlane


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    • mackyi profile imageAUTHOR

      I.W. McFarlane 

      7 years ago from Philadelphia

      Hi tillsontitan, You guys have made a very smart decision. Removing the carpet is really the first thing to do, because the bacteria causing the odor will continue to live in this carpet, if you were to let it remain in the house. Like you have said -- it's time to "tackle the odor." Best of luck. It's a pleasure sharing as usual!

    • mackyi profile imageAUTHOR

      I.W. McFarlane 

      7 years ago from Philadelphia

      Thanks for setting aside a few minutes of your time to read this hub. I am glad that you have found this bit of information useful. I hope this will help you to solve this problem you have been experiencing with your pet(s). It's always a pleasure sharing!

    • mackyi profile imageAUTHOR

      I.W. McFarlane 

      7 years ago from Philadelphia

      Hi Brett,thanks for stopping by as usual. You are so correct,people with tile floors don't have to face this difficult task of eliminating pet odors caused by urine.

      I also like your method of taking care of pees(bleach and vinegar). Thanks A Lot For Sharing!

    • tillsontitan profile image

      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      Good info. We have an elderly relative who's dog pees on the living room carpet every night. We've finally convinced them we need to remove the carpet...then we'll have to tackle the odor. Thanks for the hub!

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      7 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      oh, so that's how to do it? thanks for sharing...i always have problems with those...

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett C 

      7 years ago from Asia

      Very useful for those with pets and carpets. Thankfully we have tiled floors, so it is much easier to clean them, as a splash of bleach and some white vinegar cures the problem.

      Thanks for SHARING.

    • mackyi profile imageAUTHOR

      I.W. McFarlane 

      7 years ago from Philadelphia

      Thanks for providing this background information on the chemistry of Pet Urine -- very interesting. Also, thanks for sharing other methods of controlling odor.

    • mackyi profile imageAUTHOR

      I.W. McFarlane 

      7 years ago from Philadelphia

      Yes,it can be a bit problematic getting rid of pets' pee in general. My friend bought a house and when she moved into this house,it was indeed a problem getting rid of the pets' odor that was left behind. She actually took the above approach just to get rid of the odor. Like humans, dogs are also creatures of habits -- once they get use to peeing or moving their bowels in the house, it becomes a pattern. You are doing the right thing. Continue to walk the dogs and let the cat continue to pee in the litter, that's good training!

    • TENKAY profile image


      7 years ago from Philippines

      I didn't know how expensive and troublesome removal of pets' pee odor are. I have 4 dogs and a cat. I walk the dogs, so they pee outside. The cat, pee in the cat litter. So, the next tenant won't have problems after me and the owner of this apartment won't have reasons to be mad at me.

      I voted up. Thanks for an informative hub.


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