Each month we bring you the latest tips and tricks for carpet cleaning and how you can get a home that’s cleaner and healthier. This month our focus is on pet urine accidents, something that causes homeowners a lot of frustration especially when it occurs on the carpet. Whether it’s the embarrassing stain or the obnoxious odors, pet urine accidents are no fun to deal with. 

At Chem-Dry of Northern Nevada, we know that even the best dogs sometimes have accidents in the house. We’ve transformed carpets ridden with pet urine stains back to beautiful living spaces that they’re meant to be. We thought it would be a good idea to create steps of how you can handle your pet’s accidents correctly so you can prevent repeat behavior and take of the mess and smell. You’ll stay best friends with your pet and get to enjoy a clean home!


1. Catching Them In The Act

It’s rare, but if you happen to catch your dog having an accident inside, use this as a learning opportunity. Some people will argue to treat the dog harshly at this moment, but this will only cause the dog to become sneakier the next time around to avoid punishment. Instead, pick up the dog and say “No, outside,” while quickly moving him/her outside of the home to a spot where they should relieve themselves. This will start to teach the dog where they should go instead of inside your home.

2. Immediate Damage Control

As soon as you notice a pet urine accident in your carpet, act right away. Blot up as much of the mess that you can with paper towels as this will prevent urine from seeking deeper into your carpet to cause more problems. Don’t dry the stain with a hair drier, this will set the stain and odor. If your dog has soiled anything washable such as clothing, put it through a cold rinse cycle and then a normal wash cycle with detergent.

3. Fix The Deeper Problem

Although DIY pet urine carpet clean-up products exist in the market, they still don’t solve the entire problem. Pet urine doesn’t just stay put on the carpet surface, rather it seeps deeper to the backings of the carpet fibers where it can damage padding. Bacteria and allergens can still linger deep within and cause sickness and other health problems if not taken care of.

For a healthy home and carpet, consult help from professionals. Avoid those who utilize steam cleaning techniques as the heat can further set the stain and odor. The water used by steam cleaners can also take a long time to dry and can cause mildew to grow. Instead, employ the professional carpet cleaners from Chem-Dry of Northern Nevada. We specialize in cleaning up pet urine accidents to make sure the smell and bacteria are completely removed. Our Carbonation Extraction technique is highly effective at cleaning the toughest pet urine stains.

4. Determine The Cause

There are several reasons that your dog might have had an accident, including:

    • Stress. Major life changes can cause distress for your dog, leading to accidents.
    • Schedule changes. If your dog is used to being taken outside to relieve himself at specific times and the schedule changes, it can take some time to adjust. If possible, make these changes gradually, over a few weeks.
    • Home renovations. Changing your dog’s environment can be stressful, particularly if strange construction workers are going in and out of the house all the time. A new carpet may also smell different to some dogs and cause them to mark it with their scent.
    • New medications. If you recently started giving your dog a new medication, it may trigger accidents. Check with your vet to learn about potential side effects.
    • Health issues. A loss of bladder control may be a symptom of an underlying health problem. If you notice your dog’s behavior changing, be sure to check in with your vet. 

5. Training Is Key

You can’t consider a dog fully house-trained before he is at least a year old. When you’re dealing with a new puppy, accidents will likely be common. To house train your puppy: 

  1. Begin by taking the dog out frequently, and then gradually increase the amount of time between trips outside. 
  2. Go outside with your dog and praise him when he urinates in a properly designated spot, then reward him with a treat afterward. 

We hope that these tips will help you when your dog has an accident. Pet urine isn’t ever fun to deal with, but it is a problem that you can address and take care of properly. Trust Chem-Dry of Northern Nevada for pet urine odor removal that has helped many in Reno, Winnemucca, Sparks, Battle Mountain, Lovelock, and Carson City get back great smelling and beautiful carpets.