How do you clean dog pee out of your carpet? Is carpet the best dog-friendly flooring option?
Keeping your floors clean is an important part of preventing dog smell from taking over your house.
Find out which type of flooring is best for puppy training along with how to clean each type of floor naturally.
What Flooring is Most Dog-Friendly?
If you happen to be changing your floors, you may want to consider which flooring is most dog-friendly.
The best flooring for dogs are materials like vinyl, laminate, tile, and even concrete if you’re going for a more modern look.
Wood is also ok, but can be easily scratched up by your dog’s nails and can also warp over time with moisture.
Carpet is the worst choice, since it traps dander, mites, and can lock in moisture in the under padding. This makes cleaning dog pee out of carpet harder than any other flooring.
Vinyl, and Laminate floorings are the easiest to clean, are waterproof and scratch resistant, and are also fairly inexpensive compared to tile and wood floors.
My personal favorite is laminate flooring because you can get separate pieces that are made to look like real wood/tile.
Most people never notice the difference, but it saved me a lot of money and time cleaning!
Vinyl & Laminate Flooring
These types of floors are the easiest to clean. They are also relatively inexpensive and easy to install.
More often than ever I see these types of floor replacing wood and tile in renovated homes.
The best part about them is that they won’t show any evidence of potty training since they are pretty much stain free and don’t lock in moisture.
Sweep daily to minimize hair, crumbs, and other debris from building up.
To naturally clean these floors, simply take 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar and mix it into a bucket of hot water.
The acidity in the Apple Cider Vinegar is fantastic for scrubbing up dirt and doesn’t leave any soap residue.
If you’re potty training, you can replace the ACV with cleaning vinegar and a mild soap to disinfect your floors.
The next best type of flooring for dogs is tile.
Tile is also waterproof, but is often very expensive.
In addition, tile that isn’t sealed with a glaze can often absorb urine smells and dirt into the grout, leaving a lingering odor in your home.
To clean tile floors, pour ½ cup of cleaning vinegar into a bucket of hot water and mop.
To clean dirty grout, take a cup of baking soda and make a paste with hot water.
Use a scrubbing brush to smear the paste over the tile and let it sit for 5-10 minutes before scrubbing.
Not only will this eliminate the smell, but it will also whiten your grout!
Often used in animal shelters, this cheap alternative to flooring has made its way into homes as a more modern, industrial look.
Though it’s easy to clean, concrete is a porous material that absorbs smells over time, even when outside.
Simply sweep the floor of any debris, then mop the floor with a mixture of baking soda and hot water.
When Archie was potty training outside, he often missed the grass and peed on our patio.
After about 2 weeks the smell was awful outside even though it rained several times and the area was clean.
To soak up the urine smell, I covered it with baking soda right after the accident to soak up as much urine as possible.
Baking soda is also an odor neutralizer, so it soaks up bad smells and doesn’t leave any smell. This also works for cleaning dog pee out of carpet!
If the smell was still lingering, I poured cleaning vinegar over the concrete which completely eliminated the smell.
Although wood is still much better than carpet, it’s still not one of the best dog-friendly flooring options out there.
Wood, especially unsealed, is very absorbent and soaks up smells easily.
In addition, too much moisture and your expensive wood floors can begin to warp.
Because of this, it is important to clean up any accidents as quickly as possible to prevent future damage to the wood.
To naturally clean wood floors, make a mixture of 1 cup distilled white vinegar, 1 cup baking soda and ½ cup of mild dish soap in a bucket of hot water.
The white cleaning vinegar is a natural disinfectant and odor eliminator, while the baking soda and dish soap scrub out the grime.
To naturally polish wood floors, make a mixture of vinegar, olive oil, and a few drops of lemon essential oil to leave a fresh smelling polished floor.
The first step in cleaning carpet is to rip it all up and throw it out.
Kidding! (But this is what I would do.)
The least dog-friendly flooring option is carpet. Personally, I despise wall to wall carpeting and think that it’s a trap for all kinds of dirt and critters.
After living in NYC for several years, I’ve heard plenty of carpet horror stories about roaches laying eggs in the carpet padding, and so much more.
And none of those stories have anything to do with dogs!
Besides that, carpet traps moisture in it’s underpadding, leading to lingering smells and mold build up overtime.
However, people with older dogs tend to like their carpet because it prevents their dogs from slipping like they would on tile or hardwood floors.
If you want to keep your carpets clean, vacuum every few days to keep debris at a minimum.
To eliminate the “dog smell” sprinkle baking soda over your carpet and let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then vacuum as usual.
To clean dog pee out of carpet, it is important to soak up the liquid ASAP to prevent as much as possible from leaking into the underpadding of the carpet.
Next, mix up a solution of 2 cups of vinegar, 2 cups of warm water and 4 tablespoons of baking soda and scrub with a scrub brush.
If you have a lot of carpet in your home, I also suggest getting a pet-friendly wet vacuum (affiliate link) to clean your carpets once a month.
I recommend Bissell and Dyson for the best pet cleaning vacuums.
Not only will this extend the life of your carpets, but it’s also much less expensive than hiring a professional carpet cleaning service.
In Between Cleanings
If you want to keep your floors clean in between mopping and vacuuming, make sure to keep your dog clean.
To minimize hair, make sure to brush your dog outside on a regular basis to minimize shedding.
In addition, you can wipe off their feet after playing outside.
I like to keep a towel at the base of the door so when Cali and Archie run inside after walking in mud, the mud sticks to the towel instead of them tracking it across the floor.
Lastly, make sure their nails are properly trimmed and they are bathed on a regular basis (4-6 weeks) so they don’t rub excessive oil into your carpets.
I hope this post helped you learn how to naturally get the dog smell out of your floors.
Potty training is probably the least favorite training activity that dog owners face, but it will pass with time!
Know that these accidents happen to every dog mom, so you’re not alone! With these methods you will be able to keep your floors fresh and clean naturally while still sticking to a budget!
Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments!