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One of the pains of having bunnies around the house is having to deal with the mess they make when they leak all over your carpet.
What’s more, rabbit pee is sometimes difficult to locate and can make your living rooms smell worse than stink bombs.
Anyway, when you want to learn how to clean rabbit pee from your carpet, you’ll first have to make sure that you have some diluted white vinegar, baking soda, or hydrogen peroxide and dish soap.
How will these things help during the process?
Dive in and find out!
Things You Will Need
Before you settle for the cleaning, you should make sure that you have:
- Diluted white vinegar, baking soda, or hydrogen peroxide mixed with dish soap
- Clean cloth
- Spray bottle
- Steam cleaner (optional)
Note: You can use either vinegar, baking soda, or hydrogen peroxide interchangeably. This will also depend on what’s readily available in your house at the moment.
How to Clean Bunny Pee Out of Your Carpet
To get rid of rabbit pee from your carpet, you may use any of the following methods:
1. Using Diluted White Vinegar
Vinegar offers a much easier, economical, and faster way of removing bunny pee from your carpets. And even better, vinegar has natural repelling properties that prevent rabbits from peeing on the carpet once they smell it.
To go about it:
- Absorb the excess pee first. Place paper towels or napkins on top of the pee (if it’s happened recently). Apply some pressure on top of the paper towels so that they may absorb as much urine as possible to give you a less moist space to work with.
- Prepare your vinegar solution. Take 1 cup of the vinegar and mix it with 1 cup of cool water and then pour it into a spray bottle. Shake well so that the contents mix properly.
- Apply the vinegar solution. Spray the vinegar solution all over the stained surface and let it sit for about 10 – 15 minutes. This is enough time for the vinegar to break the stain and fight the pee odor.
- Blot the pee-stained surface. Take a clean cloth or rag and then dab it onto the treated spot. Avoid rubbing the stain as this will only send the mixed-up mess further down into the carpet’s pad! Blot the wet carpet surface until it’s dry.
- Vacuum the carpet. After drying the carpet, run your vacuum over the cleaned area to restore the fibers’ luster.
2. Using Baking Soda
Baking soda also offers a great alternative and inexpensive way of cleaning stubborn rabbit pee stains from carpets.
To hack it:
- Spray the area with vinegar. This helps to prime the carpet and break down the dirty elements found in rabbit pee.
- Add baking soda. Using your gloved hand or a dry spoon, scoop and sprinkle baking soda all over the stain. Ensure you spread just enough to cover the whole stain. Baking soda is a good absorbent that will pull out all the liquid parts of the pee.
- Cover the spot. Place a clean cloth over the area to cover it. Let it stay like that for 1 hour before moving to the next step.
- Rinse. Make sure that you vacuum the spot first to remove all the baking soda and any residue from the carpet. Afterward, rinse by soaking a clean cloth in water and then blotting the carpet.
- Dry the carpet. You can let it air-dry in a well-ventilated room or turn on a fan and place it near the wet part of the carpet to make the process faster.
3. Using Dish Soap & Hydrogen Peroxide
Before using hydrogen peroxide, you should first do a spot check on a secluded area of your carpet to check whether it reacts in any way.
If there’s no harm done:
- Spread a layer of baking soda over the pee stain. Ensure that you cover the whole stained patch.
- Mix the peroxide solution. Prepare your solution by mixing 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap and 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Pour it into a spray bottle, screw the cap tightly, and shake well.
- Spray the peroxide on the stain. As with the baking soda, you want to make spread even over the pee stain and cover every inch of the affected area.
- Let it sit. Leave the solution on the carpet until it completely dries before you move ahead with the next step.
- Vacuum the area. Vacuum the treated spot to remove any broken-down filth and fur that may be clinging onto the fibers.
- Rinse the carpet. Dampen a clean cloth with cool water and blot the dry surface over and over until all the hydrogen peroxide solution gets cleared away. Rinse the cloth in clean water every time and repeat until the stain is gone.
4. (Optional) Steam It Good
Whichever of the above methods you chose, there’s something you can do afterwards to add a finishing touch.
I’m talking about Its Sanitizing Majesty, the Steam.
Why is it optional? Because I’m well aware that not everybody has a steamer. Also, the hydrogen peroxide concoction will have done some sanitizing in its own right.
But we need to get one thing clear here. Steam is awesome, but that DOESN’T mean you should rely on it exclusively. Or use it before (or instead of) any of the above methods.
If you do that, the vapor will only bind the dirt (and the smell) to the fibers. Just like with dog or cat weewee!
In other words, take this step as a bonus, not an either-or!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can vinegar remove the rabbit pee smell?
Vinegar is a good cleaning agent that you can use to remove rabbit pee smells from your carpet.
To use it for a smell-removing exercise, you will have to mix it in an equal 1:1 ratio with water. Afterward, spread this solution onto the smelling area of your carpet and leave it to work in for about 5 – 10 minutes before rinsing it off.
However, vinegar will not always remove odors caused by either your pets or other forms of stains.
If you want a method that’s well tried and tested, then you should try out steam cleaning instead. The process uses super-heated water vapor blown through the carpet’s fibers under extreme pressure to break, lift, and suck away all manners of dirt, grime, stain, and odor from your carpets.
The process is more thorough and reaches even the deepest layers of your carpet pile without much hassle.
How do I keep my rabbit from always peeing on the same spot?
You have to give your pet rabbit several options when it comes to where it can go.
For instance, you should strongly think about increasing the number of litter boxes in your house. Ensure that you have more than a couple spread out whole over your house and see that you’ve also planted a few in your rabbit’s favorite playing spots.
To entice them into using the new litter, add in a few of the rabbit’s droppings into the litter boxes. This sends an automatic signal to them that the litters are a safe zone where they can do their business.
Nonetheless, make sure that you don’t put in so much rabbit droppings, otherwise, the whole house will smell pretty awful.
Can rabbit pee stain my carpet?
Your pet rabbit’s pee can stain your carpet if you don’t clean it soon enough.
If you let the rabbit pee stay on the carpet for so long, then the ammonia and uric acid found in their urine will ultimately stain it. These chemical compounds have the potential to act as a natural dye and will eventually turn your carpet fibers (especially white and lighter ones) into yellow, patchy spots.
Given that, the best thing to do to avoid such heartache is to clean the rabbit pee immediately you notice one on your carpet.