How to Clean Up Puppy Accidents

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11-10-2020, 02:10
Potty training takes time, and all puppies have accidents at some point. If your pup has made a mess, do your best to clean it up as soon as possible. Whether you’re washing a bare floor, carpet, or upholstery, an enzymatic cleaner labeled for pet stains is your best option. These products contain enzymes that break down waste and kill odors. Don't worry if you’ve got a mess on your hands and don’t have a pet stain cleaner handy. In a pinch, diluted dish detergent, vinegar, and baking soda can do the trick.

Dealing with Messes on Bare Floors

  1. Soak up a urine puddle with a thick wad of dry paper towels. Do your best to wipe up an accident as soon as you spot it. If you can get to a puddle while it’s still wet, absorb as much liquid as possible with paper towels. When your first wad of paper towels gets saturated, swap it out with fresh ones.
    • If a puddle on a bare floor has already dried, skip ahead and wipe down the area with a cleaner.
  2. Scoop up fecal matter with paper towels or cardboard. If you’re dealing with feces, scoop it up carefully to avoid spreading it, especially if it’s on the mushy side. Remove solid pieces with paper towels, 2 pieces of cardboard, or a sturdy plastic bag. If there’s any wet residue left behind, wipe it up with paper towels.
    • It’s a good idea to wear a pair of disposable gloves when you’re cleaning up your pup’s accidents, especially if you’re picking up fecal matter.
  3. Wipe down the area with an enzymatic cleaner labelled for pet messes. Once you’ve absorbed a urine puddle or removed feces, spray the soiled area with the cleaner. Let it sit for 2 or 3 minutes if the mess was fresh, or for about 10 minutes if some time passed before you could attack it. Then wipe the area thoroughly with paper towels until it’s dry.
    • An enzymatic cleaner breaks down the substances in pet messes that cause odors and stains. Since dogs like to go in the same spot repeatedly, eliminating all traces of the mess will help lower the chances of future accidents in the same area.
    • Find an enzymatic cleaner anywhere household cleaning products are sold. Read your product’s instructions, and use it as directed so you don't damage the fabric. If you have hardwood floors, go with a product that’s labeled safe for wood.
  4. Use a vinegar solution if you don’t have an enzymatic cleaner. If you don’t have a product labeled for pet messes handy, several household products make good substitutes. Mix 1 part white vinegar with 1 part water, and add a heavy splash of lemon juice to cut the vinegar smell. Transfer the vinegar solution to a clean spray bottle, or apply it using a sponge or paper towels.
    • Let the vinegar solution sit, then wipe it up with a dry cloth or paper towels.
    • Diluted vinegar should be safe for most floors. If you’re concerned, double the solution’s water content and test it on an inconspicuous area, such as under a rug or sofa.
    • In addition to covering up the vinegar smell, adding lemon can help deter your dog from pottying in that spot in the future. You can also find lemon-scented vinegar in the cleaning products aisle.
  5. Remove lingering odors with baking soda. If you don’t have a pet mess cleaner or vinegar, or if the area still smells foul, sprinkle about ¼ cup (130 g) of baking soda over the spot. Let the baking soda sit for at least 2 or 3 hours, then vacuum the area thoroughly.
    • If leaving the baking soda on the spot for a few hours didn’t work, sprinkle a fresh layer over the area and let it sit overnight.
    • Be sure to keep your puppy away from the baking soda when you let it sit.

Cleaning Carpeted Floors

  1. Blot a urine puddle to absorb it from the carpet fibers. Using springy, up-and-down blotting motions, soak up the urine with a wad of paper towels. Do not rub the carpet with side-to-side or circular motions. Once a paper towel becomes saturated, swap it out with a fresh one.
    • If you’re wiping up a fresh urine puddle on a hard surface, you don’t have to worry too much about the floor absorbing the mess. With carpet, on the other hand, you need to use a careful, nuanced touch to avoid rubbing the mess into the pile.
  2. Remove fecal matter carefully to avoid pushing it into the carpet. Scoop up feces with paper towels, a plastic bag, or 2 pieces of cardboard. Take care not to spread the waste into the carpet fibers, especially if it's soft.
    • If there’s any dampness left behind, carefully blot it up with paper towels. As with urine, do your best to avoid rubbing the residue into the carpet.
  3. Dampen a dried stain with wet paper towels. Carefully blot dried or caked carpet stains with paper towels soaked in cool or lukewarm water. If you’re cleaning fecal matter, remove as much solid waste as possible before you blot. Once the area is damp, dab the area with fresh, dry paper towels to soak up waste.
    • After you’ve soaked up residual urine or feces, you can attack the area with a cleaning product.
  4. Use a toothbrush and enzymatic cleaner to reach into the pile. Spray the soiled area with an enzymatic cleaner until it’s saturated. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes, and use a toothbrush to penetrate deeply into carpet fibers. Then blot the area with paper towels until it’s dry.
    • Remember to brush and blot the fibers with upward motions to avoid pressing the stain into the carpet. When you’re finished, sanitize the toothbrush with bleach or rubbing alcohol, and use it only for cleaning jobs in the future.
    • If you’re concerned the cleaner may discolor your carpet, test it first in an inconspicuous area.
  5. Go with detergent or dish soap if you don’t have an enzymatic cleaner. In a pinch, dilute 1 teaspoon (5 mL) of laundry detergent or dish soap with 1 cup (240 mL) of lukewarm water. Apply it to the soiled spot with the toothbrush, let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub it more with the toothbrush. Blot the spot with damp paper towels if it’s sudsy, then dab it with paper towels until the area is dry.
    • Laundry pretreatment products will also work, as they contain enzymes that break down the substances in urine and feces.
  6. Rent a vacuum-based carpet cleaner if other methods didn’t work. If you can’t remove stubborn odors or stains, head to the hardware store and rent a carpet cleaner. Add warm water to the fill tank and cleaner to the solution compartment as directed. Squeeze the trigger as you pass the machine over a spot forward and backward, then go over the area once more without holding the trigger.
    • Holding the trigger as you pass over an area forward and backward injects cleaning solution into the carpet. Then going over the same spot without squeezing the trigger sucks up water and cleaning solution. Specific instructions vary, so check your product’s manual and use it as directed.
    • Clear out furniture from the room and clean the entire carpet. If you only clean the accident spot, the rest of the carpet may look dingy in comparison.

Washing Upholstered Furniture

  1. Check your upholstery’s tag for cleaning instructions. You should see “S,” “W,” “SW,” or “X” on your furniture’s tag. “S” means you can only use water-free, solvent-based upholstery cleaners, which you can purchase wherever cleaning products are sold. “W” stands for water only, and “SW” means both water and solvents are safe.
    • If your tag is labeled “S,” head to the store and purchase a specialty upholstery cleaner instead of taking a chance with other cleaning products. You can also find upholstery and carpet cleaners specially made for “W” upholstery.
    • “X” means the upholstery should only be professionally cleaned.
  2. Start by blotting up urine or removing feces. If the accident occurred on a removable cushion, take it off before waste can soak through to the furniture’s body. Carefully blot urine or scoop up feces, and do your best to avoid rubbing the waste into the upholstery.
    • If the spot has dried, remove any solid waste, gently blot the area with damp paper towels, then soak up waste with dry paper towels. Be sure not to use water if your upholstered item is labeled “S.” Just spray it with a solvent-based upholstery cleaner.
  3. Treat the stain with a cleaner that's labeled safe for your upholstery. Use a solvent-based or enzymatic cleaner, and make sure the product you use is labeled for your upholstered item’s letter code. Spray the soiled area, let the cleaner sit for 5 to 10 minutes, then blot the area thoroughly with dry paper towels.
    • If you're cleaning a mattress, or if water is safe to use on your upholstered furniture, you can also blot the area with 1 teaspoon (5 mL) of dish detergent mixed with 1 cup (240 mL) of lukewarm water.
  4. Neutralize odors with baking soda. After treating the stain and blotting the area dry, sprinkle about ¼ cup (130 mg) of baking soda over the accident spot. Let it sit for at least 2 to 3 hours, then vacuum it up using the bristled hand attachment.
    • Pet odors can sink deep into soft, upholstered surfaces. The baking soda will help absorb and neutralize foul odors.
    • Baking soda is safe for most types of upholstery, but it’s always wise to test any cleaning product on an inconspicuous area first.


  • Potty training a puppy takes time, and accidents are inevitable. Try not to get frustrated with your furry friend. It won’t understand if you punish it after the fact, so keep your cool, clean up the mess, and work on developing a consistent potty routine.
  • Feeding your pup at set meals instead of free-feeding it can help you get it on a potty schedule.


  • Avoid exposing stains to hot water or steam. High temperatures cause stains to set, and set stains are just about impossible to remove.
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