When dogs get older, their bladders get weaker, and it is hard for them to hold in their urine. If your dog has had a lot of accidents on your carpeting, it can be difficult to get the carpet clean and remove the odor. Below is some information on things you can do to deal with the urinating, as well as how to get the stains out.
Deal with the Urinating
First thing is to take your dog to the veterinarian to ensure there is no health reason they are urinating on your carpet. If everything checks out okay, then it is due to their age. The first thing you have to do is take the dog out every couple of hours much like you did when they were a puppy.
Confine them to one area at night, and put down puppy pads. They can urinate on these pads, and the urine will not get on the carpeting. You can buy these puppy pads at any pet store. If your dog is used to being crated, you should do this. If they have never been crated before, however, this could be traumatizing for them.
Clean the Carpet
If you catch the urine soon after they urinated on your carpet, it is much easier to clean. The first thing is to blot the urine using a towel. Spray some water on the carpet, and add a few drops of liquid dish soap. Lay the towel over the urine, and step on it until you see no more urine on the towel.
Once you are sure it is gone, purchase a cleaner at a home improvement store that is made to clean urine off carpet. These cleaners have enzymes that break down the urine, as well as help remove the odor.
If you notice a spot that you missed, you may still be able to get it off. Sprinkle the stain with some baking soda, and let it sit on the carpet overnight. In the morning, spray the baking soda with distilled white vinegar. You will notice bubbles come up out of the carpet as the vinegar reacts with the baking soda. This will help with the stain and also kill the urine odor. Once you see no more bubbles, let the carpet completely dry and then vacuum.
If you continue to have a bad odor from the urine on the carpet, the urine has likely gotten down into the carpet pad. At this point, the only way to get the urine out of your home is to remove the carpet pad. This is difficult to do so this would be a good time to replace your carpeting. Contact a carpet company like Parker Floor Covering to look at the carpeting they have available.