Asked on Sep 19, 2016

How to clean dog pee off of our cement patio

Lynell LaRue
by Lynell LaRue
Our dog refuses to pee on the grass, so I am cleaning our patio daily and the smell seems to linger. No matter what I use I can still smell this unpleasant order.
  6 answers
  • Cheryl Eudaly Cheryl Eudaly on Sep 19, 2016
    Concrete is porous so I would try dry baking soda first. Let it stand for a while and absorb what is on top. Then slowly pour some white vinegar over it to foam into the pores. Leave it til it stops foaming then wash it off with some clear water. This might change the color of the concrete so if that is a concern try an inconspicuous spot first. Sometimes the vinegar smell puts the dog off also. I've used this trick at a front door where a male cat kept wanting to spray. After a couple of times he decided to move along. Maybe a rocky spot in the yard for the dog to go if it doesn't like the feel of grass. Or a short walk thru the grass every day to get the animal used to it?
  • William William on Sep 19, 2016
    Great tip from Cheryl. You can also use crushed kitty litter or sawdust. Some dogs don't like feel of grass under foot. A pea gravel area in the yard would work. Walk him/her to the spot a few times and they learn that is their spot.
  • Jill M. Johnson Jill M. Johnson on Sep 19, 2016
    We have a flooring store and when we need to treat a slab, we use bleach and water. The bleach will bubble up removing the ammonia in the urine. Rinse and repeat until it no longer bubbles.
  • Sandra Whittier Sandra Whittier on Sep 19, 2016
    Give the dog another place to go. Build a box about the height of your grass and add pebbles and cat litter. Then you can take a shovel to change it sometimes. You don't have spots in the lawn and you need not be leary of dog bombs. Try Clorox # 2 and until he learns where his spot is, just don't allow him off the lease so he learns where!
  • Michelle Harbee Michelle Harbee on Sep 27, 2016
    Is your dog altered? Being in the vet industry for over 8 years, I know firsthand that intact males have the nastiest urine smell. In the kennels we would often hose off the cement and then every few days or after the pet went home, we'd mop and scrub with a diluted sanitizing solution, which was ofcourse pet-safe. You could buy a pet sanitizer through PetEdge or even Amazon. Look for one made specifically for boarding kennels or vet offices. We'd have a boarding kennel full of 70 dogs on a holiday weekend and I can honestly say there was no urine smell after the pets went home.
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 26, 2023

    Well it would because the Concrete is absorbing it! Maybe re-serface with a NON Pourous finish!