As we are starting potty training, I know there will/has been some accidents. How do other people clean up pee off of the carpet? How do you know if you get it all cleaned up? My "fear" is that it will get absorbed deep down in the carpet and then in the future it will start to smell again. Any suggestions of what type of cleaner I should use and how to go about cleaning it up?

asked 27 Oct '09, 02:22

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Haven't had that experience with our daughter yet, but I can give you our experience from having a dog:

  1. Soak up as much as possible with paper towels and/or old rags.
  2. Use a pet carpet spot cleaner like ProSolve. Specifically something that neutralizes the scent.
  3. Give it a couple of days to dry thoroughly.
  4. Get a carpet cleaner. If you expect a few spots while training, I suggest waiting until the end and just cleaning the whole carpeted area anyway.

I've noticed that most parents (of young children) have stained carpets. Don't be too embarrassed about it.


answered 27 Oct '09, 02:29

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edited 27 Oct '09, 03:40

You've noticed most parents have stained carpets?! LOL Ewww. I'm not sure I can handle that, I might try to potty train on our hard wood floor then! hehe

(27 Oct '09, 03:03) Sabrina

@Sabrina: I don't think they're from urine, necessarily. Mostly from spilled drinks, etc. But it seems to be a theme. Carpet cleaners are a savior.

(27 Oct '09, 03:37) Scott ♦♦

Arm & Hammer also has some good pet-odor/mess cleaners and are budget friendly.

(27 Oct '09, 12:01) mkcoehoorn

This is good advice, especially now when they have those spot-sized carpet cleaners. This is exactly what we do.

(29 Oct '09, 03:10) Anderson Imes

Sabrina, I agree that I don't think I can handle a lot of stains either . . . unfortunately we don't have hardwood floors :)!

(06 Nov '09, 09:33) Melissa 1

Using terry squares as nappies (diapers) is handy, because they are good at soaking up spillages and tend to be nearby (dry ones, that is!). Usually I get the terry square quickly on the spillage, push down and leave it for a few minutes. Old towels would do just as well.

Having had to deal with an incontinent cat in the past, I can tell you that toddler urine smells of nothing in comparison, so to be honest I don't usually worry about scent neutralisers.

Finally, having a patterned carpet is recommended if you're bothered about visible stains. We have a number of plain carpets that look lovely when clean and vacuumed, but most of the time just a bit scruffy.


answered 27 Oct '09, 09:07

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Now that you reminded me of it, I remember someone recommending a diaper before. That's a great idea, now that we have them in the house.

(27 Oct '09, 10:26) Scott ♦♦

This works fairly well for cat urine, so I guess it would work well for children too... I would start by using something absorbent to soak the excess liquid before starting.

1 part white vinegar to 4 parts water works well, just mix and gently scrub the affected area. Works well on hard surfaces and carpets and can be used to soak cushions, soft toys etc.

If there is a lingering smell once dry, sprinkle the area with Baking Soda then brush away.

I've seen an extension to this method, but I've not tried it myself. Note the warning about testing on an inconspicuous area:

Next mix ¾ cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution with one tsp. dish detergent and sprinkle over the Baking Soda. Try this first on a small inconspicuous area of the carpet to make sure the hydrogen peroxide won’t discolor your carpet. Next, use your fingers or an old brush to work the Baking Soda in. I’ve used an old hairbrush with little bits of plastic over the tips with good results. Allow this to dry and vacuum it up. If there’s still a slight odor when done, lather, rinse and repeat.


answered 28 Oct '09, 13:09

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I know for my pet stains that Prosolve & Resolve (same makers) work wonders. You can find them in your local grocery store... They get rid of the stain as well as any odour, even on white carpet. I've used it when my dog went not only number one, but a runny number two on my carpet- if it can get rid of that, it could get rid of a little baby pee!


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