Dog stains happen. Keeping your home free of dog stains and odors on your carpets and other flooring is an ongoing adventure. Here's what you can do:

  1. Work fast. When it comes to dog stain removal, speed is key. If you get to the dog urine stain quickly, there's a chance that you'll eliminate any residual odor. If the stain has a chance to dry, both the stain and the odor will be more difficult to remove, and may require professional assistance.
  2. Get a good carpet shampoo. Working quickly:
    • Remove any solid or semi-solid matter, such as vomit or feces
    • Clean the spot with carpet shampoo, then soak it thoroughly with club soda
    • Allow it to stand for 10 minutes before blotting
    • If the stain has dried, or if the urine has soaked through to the floor, try a cleaner that has enzymes, which break down the odor-causing compounds. Follow the product's instructions to prevent damage to your carpet
  3. For hardwood floors:
    • While still fresh, wipe off the stain, then treat the wood with a commercial cleaning product
    • If the stain, especially urine, has been allowed to stand, you may have to strip, sand and bleach or stain the wood, then re-apply the varnish or polyurethane
  4. For concrete:
    • Wipe the fresh stain with a damp paper towel, then clean with a commercial cleaning product
    • If the concrete is unsealed, or if the urine or feces has been allowed to stand, the stain will be much more difficult to remove, especially if the urine has soaked into the surface. If this is the case, first, try neutralizing the stain and odor with a commercial cleaning product, then seal the concrete. If the odor remains, you may need to call a professional cleaning service

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