dog-cat-on-carpet-As a flooring expert I now know firsthand what a little 10 pound puppy can do to your floors, especially carpet.
You must act quickly when the accident occurs. Here is a tip for carpet clean-ups using household products you should have on hand.
According to Carpet One’s Carpet Floor Care and Warranty Guide, these are the steps to cleaning urine (dry or fresh) from your carpet…
1. SCRAPE or BLOT excess spill
2. APPLY *DETERGENT SOLUTIONS onto a damp towel
3. BLOT area-don’t rub
4. APPLY **WHITE VINEGAR (undiluted)- using a damp towel
5. BLOT area-don’t rub
6. WATER-apply with damp sponge
7. BLOT-finish with weighted pad of paper towels

Please notice how many times the word BLOT is used. It is very important not to rub your carpet fibers. Always blot.
*Detergent Solution: Mix ¼ teaspoon of clear, non-bleach, non-lanolin, non-optical brightening dishwashing liquid per one cup of warm water. Allow the detergent to remain on the area for eight to ten minutes. Never use automatic dishwashing detergent or laundry detergents.
** White Vinegar Solution: Mix equal parts vinegar with equal parts water or use undiluted if instructed.
The Carpet and Rug Institute provides an extensive list of household products and methods you can use to remove all types of stains. Here is a great site to put in your favorites list if you have a pet.