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I recently dealt with a singular mouse that got into an open door (when roommate/landlord was bringing in groceries) and, in the midst of hunting down the mouse, it urinated on the carpet, leaving a singular ~1" dia. stain (that I currently have isolated from other objects in the room).

While I have since cleaned all other hard and soft surfaces in the same room (with proper disinfectants, gloves, face mask, etc.) I have not been able to get around to dealing with the carpet yet.

Given that mouse urine, both wet and dry, does pose health and safety risks, should I consider contacting a professional carpet cleaner to deal with the stain or would I be able to clean the stain myself properly (with PPE)? If by myself, would I focus on sterilizing the stained area or just on stain removal alone?

  • Hey @AnonyTech, this sounds like you're asking for a product recommendation, which is considered off-topic on this site. (diy.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic ) – Jacob Krall Oct 3 '18 at 19:53
  • Ah, you're right - I should change my question then to steer away from products. Thank you for letting me know! – AnonyTech Oct 3 '18 at 21:58
  • Very clever rewrite :) – Jacob Krall Oct 3 '18 at 22:20
  • :> I did what I could~ – AnonyTech Oct 4 '18 at 15:21
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Unless you are in an area that has some known level of serious infectious agent in the mouse population, such as Hantavirus, you should clean it immediately by hand with whatever detergent you have on hand. I would clean it 2x with hot water with detergent and then rinse the detergent out. Then dry it with a hair dryer.

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See Yosemite Hantavirus incidents

You could follow the rinsing with some sort of sterilizing agent like vinegar or alcohol, which would then have to be rinsed out. Note that these might leave an odor which would persist for some time.

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You could spray some (white) vinegar on the spot, let it stand for 20 min and then clean it. I think hand cleaning would be fine for one small spot. Honestly some parts of the country are infested with mice and disease transmission is rare.

  • Thank you! I'll take a look into what detergents I can use on carpet and definitely keep this all in mind! – AnonyTech Oct 4 '18 at 15:20
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    You could spray some vinegar on the spot, let it stand for 20 min and then clean it. I think hand cleaning would be fine for one small spot. Honestly some parts of the country are infested with mice and disease transmission is rare. – Jim Stewart Oct 4 '18 at 16:13
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    i would add a touch of bleach to the cleaning mix to kill any nasties. carper doesn't usually bleach anyway, and you don't need to use enough to change color to kill germs. – dandavis Oct 4 '18 at 20:37

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