Dogs are fantastic companions, but nothing can ruin the carpets in your home faster than bringing a puppy home. It seems like they never tire of finding new and inventive ways of soiling your floors.
Many of the pet-based carpet cleaners on the market do little to remove the stains Fido creates —and some can make the problem even worse!
In the reviews below, we share the products we feel are the best for breaking down pet stains, with a special emphasis on removing urine odors, so that you can buy a cleaner that will actually work rather than one that will just highlight your dog’s favorite targets.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||Rocco & Roxie||
|Best Value||Simple Solution||
|Sunny & Honey||
The 10 Best Carpet Cleaners for Dog Urine – Reviews 2020
1. Rocco & Roxie Stain Remover – Best Overall
Rocco & Roxie contains a special enzymatic bacteria that breaks down all parts of the urine, so not only is the stain removed, but the odor goes with it. That way, there are no traces of the accident left behind.
It doesn’t just work on pee, either. It also neutralizes poop, vomit, and hairballs, so regardless of what your pet can conjure up from inside her body, the spray should be able to handle it.
It works on just about any surface that can be stained as well. You can clean carpet, bedding, upholstery — anything your pooch might get the urge to defile.
There’s one big downside to it, however. The spray smells terrible. You may think that you were better off dealing with the urine odor after spraying it on your carpet. The good news is that the spray’s odor wears off quickly, so you’ll soon be left with a clean (and clean-smelling) rug.
It would be nice if Rocco & Roxie could make their cleaner smell pretty, but we’ll settle for it working as well as it does. It’s an easy pick for #1.
2. Simple Solution Enzymatic Carpet Cleaner – Best Value
It may not seem like a big deal, but the 3-in-1 multifunctional sprayer on the Simple Solution Enzymatic comes in handy. You can create a direct spray for targeted use, a mist to cover a wide area, or a foam to really scrub out stubborn stains.
The foam is what’s so appealing here, as most other bottles just offer jets or mist. But pet stains are messy, and tend to spread and sink deep into your carpet; having the foam option really digs deep into the fibers and cleans everything out.
That’s especially important for removing odors — and since your pup’s sense of smell is so much more powerful than yours, you need to get all the odor molecules out to prevent a repeat engagement.
Despite all that, this is one of the cheaper cleaners on the market, which is why it’s our pick for best carpet cleaner for dog urine for the money.
There are some negatives to be aware of. The sprayer tends to leak, especially when switching between modes, and it’s not completely effective on ancient stains. That’s a lot to ask from a cleaner at this price point, though.
Overall, Simply Solution Enzymatic is one of the best cleaners around, and certainly one of the best values.
If you’ve ever lived in the country, then you know that when you’re really up a creek, you want to call a guy named Bubba. Bubba’s Shampoo is as good as getting a visit from the man himself, although it may be overkill for everyday stains.
The idea is to use Bubba’s when the other cleaners have failed you, or when you need to give your entire carpet a reset. It’s a serious deep cleaning, and as such, it’s a bit of a time- and effort-commitment. You’ll also need to have a steam cleaner or shampooer on hand.
However, there’s nothing better for stains that you thought you’d never get out. You can use it on just about any upholstery, too, including your couch and curtains.
It’s a little on the pricey side, but that evens out given how concentrated it is. One bottle should last for quite a long time.
There’s nothing we’ve found that works as well as Bubba’s Shampoo, but given the effort it requires, you’re probably better off trying one of the options ranked above it first before calling out the big guns.
4. Sunny & Honey Enzyme Cleaner
Sunny & Honey is a true multi-surface cleaner, as it doesn’t just work on fabric. You can also use it on tile, leather, countertops, and more (though if your dog is peeing on your counters, you may need to call a trainer — or an exorcist).
Since it uses enzymes instead of harsh chemicals, it’s safe to use around kids and pets — and the company doesn’t test their products on animals and donates money to animal shelters, both of which are good for your conscience.
It’s designed to be safe because it’s intended for indoor use; it’s a great way to clean up a crate or some bedding, for example. But be sure to open a window before you start spraying because the smell is overpowering.
You also need to let it sit for a long time (up to an hour), depending on the severity of the stain. This gives your pet plenty of time to re-mark the spot, and you plenty of time to get distracted and forget to go back to scrub it.
We’re big fans of Sunny & Honey, and its 4th-place finish here is less an indictment of the product itself and more a reflection of how good the ones ranked above it truly are.
5. Woolite 2834 Pet Stain Remover
Woolite Pet Stain Remover is one of the best all-around carpet cleaners you’ll find anywhere. It can tackle all manners of blemishes, from urine and vomit to tracked-in dirt.
It smells good, and it actually helps remove urine odors, rather than simply masking them. If your dog likes to keep revisiting the same spots, this can finally help break him of the habit.
It’s equally adept at cleaning couches and other upholstery as it is carpet, so you can keep your furniture smelling and looking as fresh as your rugs and carpet.
We only had a few issues with this cleaner. It is unlikely to fully remove a stain from white carpet, so you may need something stronger in that case (then again, you may want to change from a white carpet entirely if you have a dog on it). Also, regardless of your carpet’s color, you’ll probably need to reapply it several times for best results.
Still, Woolite Pet Stain Remover does more than enough to warrant inclusion on this list, and it’s nearly as good as the selections above it. While we’d recommend those first, we don’t think you’ll regret buying this spray, either.
6. Amaziing Solutions Professional Enzyme Carpet Cleaner
This option from Amaziing Solutions prides itself on not having a foul odor, and while that’s accurate, the smell it does have may be too faint to prevent your dog from revisiting the same spot again and again.
Whether that happens largely depends on the severity of the smell. This stuff is good for light-to-medium issues, but heavy or deeply-set odors are likely to prove too much for it to overcome.
For cosmetic issues, though, it’s hard to beat. It’s great at removing stains of all kinds. Granted, that’s of limited value if your dog keeps refreshing the stain for you.
The liquid itself is very sudsy, and it’s hard to get it all out. Just when you think you’ve gotten it all, you’ll make one more pass and see some film reappear. While the thoroughness it requires helps to break up blemishes, you’ll probably be wondering if it’s the spray or your elbow grease that’s doing the trick.
Amaziing Solutions is a good-but-not-great cleaner that’s worth keeping around if you want to try something that won’t stink up your whole house, but if you want something that’s guaranteed to work, you’ll need to keep looking.
7. BISSELL 2216 Febreeze Carpet Cleaner Shampoo
Like Bubba’s Shampoo, BISSELL Febreze Cleaner is designed for use in steamers or shampooers, so don’t expect just to buy the bottle and be good to go. It’s also good for whole-house jobs, but it’s not quite as effective as Bubba’s.
The Febreze is the real star here; if all you’re concerned about is making your house smell good, this is the cleaner to buy.
The problem is, the Febreze merely masks the odor instead of destroying it, so after a while, the smell will return. It’s also unlikely that your pup will ever stop smelling it, which means he may contribute to the problem in the meantime.
The formula includes Scotchgard to protect against future stains and seems to be fairly effective in that regard. However, given that you’re likely buying it because of existing stains, that might not help you much.
In our opinion, your best bet is to spot-clean your carpet with one of our higher-rated options, then go over the whole thing with the BISSELL Febreze Cleaner. But, you may be able to get the same results by foregoing the BISSELL and just lighting a candle.
8. Hoover Paws & Claws Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampoo
It may not be completely fair of us to rank Hoover Paws & Claws this far down, because it clearly states that it works best when paired with a spot cleaner.
However, we think a carpet shampoo should be able to handle basic odors like dog urine, and this one is already expensive enough on its own, so expecting you to buy another product seems excessive.
Like the BISSELL shampoo, this stuff has Scotchgard in it, so it can help limit the impact of future messes. Again, though, that doesn’t help you with issues in the here-and-now.
The cleaner doesn’t have much of an odor, although it does smell faintly of mothballs. While it does diminish the smell of urine, chances are it won’t eliminate it completely, so you’ll be left with an odd urine-and-mothball combination after you’re done.
Hoover Paws & Claws has a few positives to it, but ultimately the negatives outweigh them to the point that it can’t rise higher than the bottom half of this list.
9. ANGRY ORANGE Enzyme Stain Cleaner
ANGRY ORANGE has a powerful fruit smell that can cover up the odor of dog urine, but you may not want your house to smell like a citrus grove.
The smell lingers, too, so it’s important that you like it because you’re going to be stuck with it for a while. Your dog likely won’t be a fan, either, but that may mean he’ll start avoiding problem areas.
Of all the common pet bodily-fluid stains, dog urine is the one it handles the least capably. It works pretty well on vomit, but you’ll have to work incredibly hard to get a pee stain out.
Also, the spray itself can stain certain fabrics, so be sure to spot-test it before applying it all over the place. The last thing you want is for the pee stain to be the most attractive part of the floor.
While ANGRY ORANGE certainly does a good job of masking urine odor, in the end, its overwhelming citrus scent may make you, well, angry.
10. Resolve Pet High Traffic Carpet Foam
Each order of Resolve Pet High Traffic Foam comes with four aerosol cans of the stuff, and all you have to do is apply a layer of it to the target area and scrub.
Sorry, by saying “all you have to do,” we implied that it wouldn’t take much work. The fact is, you’ll be doing a lot of scrubbing if you want to remove anything older than a few minutes from your carpet. It seems like this product derives most of its power from your efforts, not from its formula.
Once you start scrubbing, all sorts of things will come up — dirt, hair, last week’s lasagna, etc. This may make you feel productive, but all it seems to do is give you more of a mess to clean up, as the stain will likely still be there after it dries.
It does little to stop odors, either. It lays a faint chemical smell over the top of them, but that’s probably not what you had in mind.
You certainly get plenty of product with each order of Resolve Pet High Traffic Foam, but given how much work it creates for you, that might not be a good thing.
The enzymes inside Rocco & Roxie eat away at the urine in your carpet, completely breaking down and removing it. Better yet, the spray works on all surfaces, so there’s no place in your home that you’ll have to sacrifice to your pooch’s target practice.
Simple Solution Enzymatic also breaks down stains and odors well, and it does so at a reasonable price. Best of all, it has a foam setting that lets you really dig into large, deeply-set stains.
The only thing more frustrating than realizing that your dog peed on the floor again is realizing that your carpet cleaner can’t do anything about it. With the help of these reviews, you shouldn’t have that problem ever again, as these cleaners can finally eliminate the issue at its source, ensuring that both your carpet and your nose are protected from future assaults.
Featured Image Credit: Rocco & Roxie, Amazon
- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 10 Best Carpet Cleaners for Dog Urine – Reviews 2020
- 1. Rocco & Roxie Stain Remover – Best Overall
- 2. Simple Solution Enzymatic Carpet Cleaner – Best Value
- 3. Bubba’s Super Steamer Carpet Cleaner – Premium Choice
- 4. Sunny & Honey Enzyme Cleaner
- 5. Woolite 2834 Pet Stain Remover
- 6. Amaziing Solutions Professional Enzyme Carpet Cleaner
- 7. BISSELL 2216 Febreeze Carpet Cleaner Shampoo
- 8. Hoover Paws & Claws Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampoo
- 9. ANGRY ORANGE Enzyme Stain Cleaner
- 10. Resolve Pet High Traffic Carpet Foam