Has your puppy peed in the house? Here's how to clean it up  

Dalmatian puppy peeing on the floor

We all know the ones we love the most make the most mess. Our partners, kids, or housemates. But there’s one thing we love that manages to get away with almost any mess: Puppies. With puppies, it’s all about taking the cuddles with the puddles (and if you’re lucky, those puddles collect on the floor, and not in your lap). 

But remember, it’s perfectly normal to find dog wee on the carpet and hear shouts of ‘the puppy peed in the house’ during the early days, and it shouldn’t last long. Once you know how to clean dog urine, these issues won’t be much of a problem.  

This complete guide will explain how to remove dog urine from the sofa, carpet or wooden floor, and how to neutralise the smell of dog urine, so you can get back to playing and cuddles in no time! 

Remember, whether you have the pleasure of watching them do it, or you find yourself getting soggy socks stumbling across a wet patch during an otherwise enjoyable day (or night), try to clean up dog urine as soon as you find it.  

How to get rid of dog urine smell

Here’s how to clean and neutralise the smell of dog urine on your couch. Remember – always test out your method on a small and hopefully discrete area (unless they’ve peed in the middle of the cream rug) to avoid making a bigger mess if the material reacts badly. 

  • Blot at the puppy pee with Plenty kitchen paper to soak up as much as you can.
  • Dust some baking soda over the area and let it sit for a few minutes.
  • While that does its work, mix together equal parts of white vinegar and water, and then spray or pour it onto the baking soda.
  • Leave the mixture to work for around five minutes, then blot at the stain and it should be gone… along with that pesky dog urine smell.

How to clean dog urine on the carpet

You have a few options when it comes to cleaning up dog wee on the carpet. The above method can be very effective, or a combination of warm water and detergent can also get the job done: 

  • Try not to step in it. Nobody wants a soggy sock. 
  • Blot the stain thoroughly with clean kitchen towels – again, the faster you do this, the better! 
  • Mix a small amount of detergent (no more than half a teaspoon) with a cup of warm water.
  • Pour the solution into a bottle and spray it all over the offending area. 
  • Scrub the area, and then soak up the mixture with kitchen towels. 
  • Rinse the area thoroughly until all the mixture is gone.
  • Rinse the area thoroughly until the stain disappears.


We recommend using Plenty kitchen paper to get the job done. Not only are they super absorbent and able to soak up the pee, they’re wringable, scrubbable, and super strong too, so they won’t fall apart when wet – the perfect puppy-pee-problem companion.

How to clean dog urine on wooden floors

Now that you know how to get dog pee out of the carpet, cleaning wooden floors might sound easy. Whilst you might think it’s as simple as soaking up the pee and using your usual wooden floor cleaner, there can be a little more to cleaning hardwood floors.

One of the biggest problems with hardwood floor cleaners is that they often contain bleach. This is fine when you use it quickly, but you don’t want to leave it on wooden floors to break down smells, as this can cause damage. Give the vinegar and baking soda method a go, and then you can give it a good once over with your regular cleaner.

You know that your puppy loves you more than almost anything in the world. Almost more than their dinner. And sometimes, they show that love by peeing on your sofa. Fortunately, with a little bit of baking soda, vinegar and detergent, you can clean up that soggy surprise in no time.  

And even if their puppy dog eyes get them out of trouble and make you forget all about their accident, try to remember our tips for the next time! 

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