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How to Clean Dog Urine from Microfiber Couch

You love your dog, but there is nothing worse than getting a big surprise when you sit down on the couch and feel something wet. Your dog has peed on the microfiber couch! It's time to learn how to clean dog urine from a microfiber couch.

Dog urine can be one of the toughest stains to remove from your furniture.

It is made up of organic compounds that are tough for most household cleaners to break down, and it often leaves behind a lingering odour. The good news is that if you follow these simple steps, you'll be well on your way to getting rid of this pesky stain!

Why is dog urine so tough to clean? 

Dog proteins are what cause many household cleaners not to work effectively on the stain. The combination of protein and water activates enzymes to create a long-lasting, adhesive bond with the surface fibers of your couch that is difficult to remove with soap alone or common household cleaners.

We'll walk you through the process step-by-step below to make it easy for you!

Required Materials:

You will need white vinegar, water, baking soda or borax laundry booster (for large areas), dish soap (handwashing liquid), hydrogen peroxide-based bleach alternative such as Oxygen Bleach or OxiClean White Revive Spray Cleaner for Whites & Colors, an old toothbrush and paper towels.

How to clean urine off microfiber couch

  1. Remove as much of the urine and liquid from your couch with paper towels.
  2. Spray it down with OxiClean White Revive Spray Cleaner for Whites & Colors.
  3. Apply a liberal amount to the stain.
  4. Let sit on fabric upholstery for 30 minutes or more (overnight is best). 
  5. Launder using a color-safe detergent in the hottest water possible.

How to protect your microfiber couch from stains in the future: 

Preventing accidents is always best! 

  1. Make a habit of cleaning up after your pet
  2. Use a commercial cleaner like Nature's Miracle to protect against stains and odors 
  3. Consider using a baby gate to keep your pet out of the living room (dogs will get used to it).
  4. Spend time with your pet outside and play fetch or go for walks in areas where there is more grass. This way, they won't come back inside too soon after going potty. 

How do you get the pee smell out of a couch that has been dried?

I have some bad news, if your microfiber couch is dry, it has already absorbed the urine and will need to be cleaned. To start the process of cleaning dog pee out of a dried-off couch, you are going to need two buckets. Fill one with cold water and place it on the couch to wet the surface.

Fill the other bucket with hot water and place it off to the side. Now, use a towel or washcloth and soak up as much of the urine from your microfiber couch you can into that first bowl of cold water. The process is going to take some time because you will need to use the hot water and a scrub brush. The goal is to get as much of that urine out, along with any dirt or other stains on your couch’s surface

Once you have cleaned up all the pee as best you can, it's time to dry off your couch and spray it with a pet friendly cleaner that will remove any lingering odors.

How do you get dog smell out of a microfiber couch?

Step 1: Blot the dog urine with a paper towel. Remove any large pieces of poop and/or vomit, if necessary. We recommend using an odor-neutralizer to help remove persistent odors from your couch or chair cushion. Just apply it liberally around the area where the pet urinated and allow it to dry.        

Step 2: Pour a small amount of white vinegar onto the stain, then blot with paper towels or an old rag until you can't see any more moisture. The acid in the vinegar acts as a bleach-like agent that breaks down stains from dog urine on microfiber couches.      

Step 3: Rinse the area with water and blot dry. The vinegar should have already removed most of the dog urine smell, but if it didn't, you'll want to use an odor-neutralizer or a pet stain removal product for best results. If your couch has cushions that can be flipped over, do that now.      

Step 4: Sprinkle baking soda over the entire surface of your couch, then use a damp vacuum to sop it up and remove any excess powder from fabric. The baking soda will soak up lingering odors and help lift stains if they are still present on your microfiber cushion.


The steps for cleaning dog urine from microfibers are not difficult, and the process can be repeated as necessary. A microfiber couch is a delicate piece of furniture that requires careful handling to avoid permanent damage or discoloration. The key point in caring for your pet's favorite resting spot is prevention.

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