Stubborn pet related stains in a rug can be a challenge to remove. This guide is about removing pet stains from carpet.
How do I remove red pet food stain from a beige carpet? My cat vomited all over the carpet. I have tried peroxide and that is not removing all of the red color.
Lewis from Oklahoma City
March 8, 2009
I experienced this myself when I awoke to a red stain on my cream carpet that had been from treats I gave my cats. I never buy red cat food for this reason, but didnt realize these treats would be so red. Anyway, I knew they would be trouble and my cats didn't disappoint. To make it worse, the stain was dried by this time. I tried Natures Miracle (nope), then my spot blot w/ Oxyclean 4 times (nope) was still dark pink. So finally I poured club soda on it, put a white washcloth on top and then an iron on low. I did this more times than I can count, pouring more water on it many times. And finally...success. Steaming it out, worked! And the treats? Well there gone for good!
How can I remove pet stains that been there for 2 months? The carpet company came and did a poor job. They have pooped everywhere. I tried Shout, Woolite, and other cleaners they don't work I need some help.
By Billy J.
June 5, 2013
vinegar in small drop of water add small drop of fairy washing up liquid worked on stains pup left on carpet
I am a pet owner with both cats and dogs. I have owned pets all my life. I have dealt with every type of pet stain you can imagine. From urine and diarrhea and vomit to blood, I have been through it all. I have gone through virtually every cleaner you can imagine and can pretty much tell you exactly what each type will do. I can also tell you that there is only one thing I have ever found to remove pretty much any type of stain and that is Genesis 950.
One thing that I first want to bring to attention is a huge misconception. There is a great deal of misinformation online about how to clean pet stains. The biggest is that you should use vinegar or ammonia to clean pet stains. This is by far the worst thing any pet owner can do. This can also be verified by visiting the Humane Society's website. They reinforce what a bad idea it is to use either of the two. Both vinegar and ammonia are great cleaning agents. They have an acidic base with a pH level that naturally breaks stains down. However that pH base consists of the same components found in urine. Animals, both cats and dogs, urinate by scent. They go where they smell they have gone before. When cleaning with ammonia or vinegar, you are applying the odor they associate with their urine in the carpet. The vinegar or ammonia may break down the stain, but now you face your pet going to the bathroom in that spot again. You often see pet owners complaining about pets going in the same spot even though they have cleaned it. Chances are they cleaned with ammonia, vinegar or a cleaning product that contains either of the two.
To stop a pet from going in a spot, or to get rid of the odor, you need to be using a cleaner that deodorizes. Many people suggest something that neutralizes the odor. You can not simply neutralize pet stains odors. This just masks them. Products like baking soda, febreeze and so on do not kill the bacteria that creates the odor. They simple make it smell pretty for humans. Your pets can still smell the urine, especially if it is in the carpet. The Genesis 950 does deodorize. It kills bacteria that causes odor. When that bacteria is destroyed, the scent is removed, not masked, and your pet will not be attracted to that spot.
The best way to clean pet stains is using Genesis 950 in a steam cleaner or carpet cleaner. The recommended about for cleaning is 1 part 950 to 7 parts water. However I increase that mix to almost, but not quite a 50/50 mix. Using this in a machine breaks down the visible stains from the surface and lifts them. It also cleans below the surface killing the source of the odor and making the carpet fresh. It works wonders on old stains too. I have also used it to clean vomit and blood from carpets, among other non-pet related stains.
It is by far the best way to clean pet stains I have ever found and it always works. I have been using it for years now and have yet to be disappointed, or beaten by any stains.
Best cleaner I have found to date is Genesis 950. I can not tell you how many things I have tried that claimed to be designed to clean up pet stains and remove the smell. Nothing worked.
I tried nearly everything you can think of. Some would hide the smell for a few days. Some would make a darker spot where I cleaned. I thought I was going to have to either get rid of my pets (and you know that won't happen) or replace my carpet (and I don't have the money for that - although I probably spent that much on different cleaning things over time). I was seriously at my wits end.
The Genesis 950 was able to completely clean everything. There was no lingering pet smell, there was no return of the pet smell. If you have been in that position where the carpets were grossing you out and you became exhausted just thinking about how bad your carpets look, you NEED to use the 950. Seriously - BEST cleaner for carpets I have EVER used.
Hope this helps!
By Sara V. from Akron, OH
If you pet has soiled your carpet, use vinegar mixed with a tiny bit of water on the stain. That way, your pets smell gets removed and they can't smell their urine so they won't soil there again.
By Rachel from San Antonio, TX
We have four cats and when they throw up it stains the carpet red, instantly. Please can someone help me get rid of these stains? I have no iron. Thanks.
May 28, 2013
Try spraying it with hydrogen peroxide. Spray the spot until it is wet and let it sit for 15 minutes or so and see it makes removing the stain easier. It has worked well for me.
How do you use peroxide to remove stains from carpets? I have pet stains I am trying to remove.
January 24, 2012
Well peroxide works, but the peroxide leaves a small stain as well.
By Gayle 1
To make your own pet stain odor remover measure 4 oz. of hydrogen peroxide (sold in bottles of 3% to 6% of H2o2) in a glass measuring cup. Add slightly more than a 1/2 tsp. of baking soda and a drop of clear "Method" handwashing soup (sold at Lowe's and Giant) to the mixture. Stir quickly with a plastic spoon and then pour the liquid onto the pet stain.
It is IMPORTANT that you let the liquid dry completely on the spot. I usually mark the wet spot by placing a paper towel over the area so that no one will step on the spot. You will be able to tell right away that the mixture neutralizes the ammonia smell almost immediately. I have an older dog who has accidents on occasion and this works wonders. As a note, if I find the spot immediately I will use a towel soaked in hot water and wick up as much of the urine as possible before I use the peroxide mixture.
By Murtlemay from Camp Hill, PA
Editor's Note: As with any cleaning solution, it's best to pretest it on an inconspicuous piece of carpet or a carpet remnant.
Will rubbing alcohol get pet odors out of carpet?
October 29, 2009
Thanks! I will try this cleaner.
I have several stains from pet urine on my Berber rug. Will hydrogen peroxide help?
By Nancy T
How do you remove dog vomit and urine stains from carpets?
By Chris from Cornwall
By Charlene 1
How do I clean solid waste dog stain from wall to wall carpet? It is low pile, probably synthetic, and beige in color.
By Charlene from Scottsdale, AZ
I need a good spot remover for new, light sand carpet. It needs to work on both kinds of pet stains.
Annette from Fort Mill, SC
I just recently returned from a month long vacation. The neighbor girl that I had asked to watch my animals (2 dogs and 3 cats), did not keep her end of the bargain. She was supposed to stay at my house and look after the animals. I came home to find out she only came over to feed them and water them. So my cream colored carpets are now spots encrusted with dog and cat urine. I rent my home and cannot replace the carpet.
I did try the ol' vinegar and water trick and that didn't seem to help. I also read somewhere that vinegar only gets rid of the smell for human noses and animals will continue to relieve themselves even after an area has been "vinegarized". I also have tried numerous cleaning products and have found nothing to get the smell or some stains out. Please help.
Yolanda Up North
Try baking soda. (05/29/2005)
PetSmart sells several different products, one specifically for cat urine and then one for animal urine, in general, that is supposed to get the stain as well as the smell out. I am working on that now, since my two cats have peed mutiple times on my leather couch and chair. Gosh, I hope that this works! (05/29/2005)
First I would pretreat the spots with a solution of OxiClean and water. Someone mentioned to try Spray and Wash as a pretreatment, as well, but I haven't tried that yet. Then I would use a carpet cleaner with OxiClean in it (I love that stuff). Let dry. Then go over it one more time with a solution of Odoban and water - read the bottle. You can get this at Sam's Club. It works great on pet odors. (05/29/2005)
Many years ago our dog had constant urinary tract infections. Until the problem cleared up, she had a lot of accidents. She was also a large dog, which meant large carpet clean-ups. I tried everything to get rid of the odor -- she would always use the same spot, of course, by the front door. My neighbor gave me a syringe and told me to fill it with vinegar and squirt it into the carpet. This would get into the carpet padding which was most likely holding the odor. I wouldn't recommend this if you have hardwood flooring, we don't, so it worked for us. If you are able to pull up the carpet, and treat the padding would be another solution. Good luck. (05/30/2005)
Try club soda, baking soda, and vinegar. I'd apply the club soda and blot. Apply the baking soda and let it dry. Vacuum up. Apply vinegar and water. Let dry and vacuum again. Because your cats have used this area to urinate you must watch them carefully so they do not return. Placing a piece of furniture on the spot after you have treated it helps. It eliminates access to the "familar" spot by the cats. This might help. Good luck. (05/30/2005)
By Jennifer from CA
We have used a product that we bought at Walmart called, Out! it is an enzymatic cleaner that seems to work really well. We have two cats and one of them loves to heave up the hairballs on my cream carpet. It removes the stain and any odors. (05/31/2005)
By Cheryl W.
I have used a product called Gonzo stain remover. It works wonders! It even took and old brown stain of unknown origin out of our carpet (also cream colored) that even a steam cleaner could not remove. It has no smell, is pet safe and not expensive. (06/17/2005)
I found this on the internet and tell everyone about it, but I've only tried it on white carpet so test spot first. In an empty dish soap bottle, put 1 bottle of hydrogen peroxide, a tablespoon of baking soda, a tablespoon of laundry soap, shake well and squirt on stain (even an old one), where the dog urinated. I then use my carpet cleaner or blot up with an old towel. It bubbles out the stain and smell. It's amazing and so inexpensive!! I've tried all those expensive products and nothing works better! (07/24/2005)
Try pouring cold water on the stains, letting it soak for a few minutes and then soaking it up with a fluffy old towel. Worked for me many times and even got rid of old stains that the cleaners wouldn't. Plus no smell. Does not work as well if the spots have been scrubbed with certain cleaners though, as far as the smell goes. The cleaners seem to trap the smell into the carpet. (07/31/2005)
The best carpet cleaner I have ever found for removing urine odors and the pet not returning is call "Anti-Icky Poo". I buy it from my vet's office, I haven't found it at any store. You may be able to buy it online, I am not sure. It is guaranteed and I have used it and it is great. I have 2 cats that urinated in a couple corners of our spare room. I tried many things to clear it up, but they kept returning. After using the Anti-Icky Poo, they don't even turn their noses to those corners, as if they don't even smell it. I definitely don't. It is great. (06/05/2006)
Nature's Miracle, is a good product - seems to work very well on the odor, less well for stains. (02/23/2008)
Look up "planet urine", online, this product works. Just make sure to use a shop vac to get all of it out, or it will still smell. If you buy the economy pack, it will last for years. I bought it about 7 years ago, and it works great to this day. (05/20/2008)
I happened to be watching a TV program geared at preparing your house for sale, and picked up this top tip. Try shaving foam. I didn't think it would work, but it did! Simply spray then work into affected area (I used a softish scrubbing brush), then leave to dry. It was that easy!
It managed to lift a particularly stubborn pet stain where various attempts using conventional carpet cleaners have failed. (01/22/2009)
To remove cat or dog urine stain and odor, this is the only thing I have ever found that really works. Mix 2 tsp. of dish liquid with 2 tsp. of baking soda into a bowl or pitcher with 16 oz. of hydrogen peroxide. Pour it directly on the spot for odor removal. Let dry naturally. Odor will be completely gone. To find spots, use a black light.
I have used this recipe in my carpet cleaning machine when my cat had a 'bathroom problem' and I wasn't sure where all he urinated. Do not save the mixture, use it all. I have spent endless dollars on products and carpet cleaners, including professionals. None of them work. This does!
If there is a stain from feces, try to remove when wet. Wipe up debris with washcloth, spray on shout stain remover to soften, rub until stain disappears.
By A. Cope
Editor's Note: As with any cleaning solution, it's best to pretest it on an inconspicuous piece of carpet or a carpet remnant.
When using in a carpet cleaning machine, do you increase the amounts or just dilute it in the tank with plain water? Or is it in addition to regular carpet cleaner for machines? (02/26/2005)
I would suggest using gloves when working with any strong cleanser, and would normally put the pet in the next room while cleaning. I've heard that hydrogen peroxide is a nice one to use (on anything that won't be discolored), because it will break down promptly when exposed to light and air. Of course, most chemicals I'd consider for cleaning, such as bleach and soaps do not break down, so you would end up with a bit of their residue still in the carpet. (09/11/2009)
I have pet urine stains on my beige Berber carpet from when my dog was a puppy. I have tried cleaner after cleaner and the spots disappear when I clean the carpet, but a week later they come back through. What can I do to get rid of these stains for good, short of replacing the carpet!
shortyvl2005 from KY
There used to be a product called "Urine Gone" and another called "Urine-B-Gone". They were "As Seen on TV" commercials. There is a site, www.asseenontvguys.com. Maybe you can find it there. They were guaranteed to remove odors and stains. (08/24/2007)
There is a carpet cleaner that can be found at most grocery stores as well as Wal-Mart and Target. It is called SPOT SHOT. I have used this on animal stains, as well as, nail polish, and latex paint that was spilled on our carpet. In every case, this product removed the stain without discoloration and the "ghost" of the stain never returns. Good luck!! (08/25/2007)
I use Simple Solutions Carpet Shampoo and Simple Solutions Stain Remover to remove my pet stains. I have had terrific success with this product. I get them at PetSmart. Spray the spot with the stain remover and then use the carpet shampoo. You can use this product in your carpet shampooer. I have not had any problems with this product working in my shampooer and highly recommend it for all stains. (08/26/2007)
My son has 4 dogs and 2 cats and swears by a product called Blue Koral found in the automotive dept. It is a spray with a scrubber on the top. It even got rid of a red juice spill by one of the kids. (08/28/2007)
My daughter just tried this in her son's room and it worked. She then tried it on an old urine stain in her bedroom that she had unsuccessfully tried to get out in the past. It took it out too. We probably have the same beige Berber carpet as you do. She used Zout Laundry Stain remover. Try it. We couldn't believe it worked! (08/28/2007)
Folex works well. Blue Magic, too. Has anyone had luck with vinegar and water?
By Karma the Cat
I use Nature's Miracle. It works great and does not leave a residue. You can also pour it into the carpet to saturate the urine. I buy it by the gallon in the pet store. It's worth every penny. (04/28/2008)
Vinegar and water has worked for me for the smells and I always follow up with Febreze after that just to lighten the salad smell in the room haha. I don't know though if it is effective on the stains. Luckily I got to those right after the dog peed. (09/08/2008)
I use Oxiclean, I mix it up and dump it on, but you have to get your steam cleaner out to make sure it doesn't leave a white spot. I have some spots no one told me about that they stepped on with a towel and now the odor won't come out and I have tried everything, baking soda, vinegar, peroxide, and when I shut my door you can really smell it. (10/28/2008)
This is hard to believe, but I used Mr. Clean Magic Eraser for all of my Berber carpet stains. It not only removed the original stain, but it took out the brownish stain left from my previous attempts to remove the stain with carpet cleaner. I expected that the stains would resurface with time, but they didn't. They were so bad that I had planned to replace the carpet with hard wood. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser did the trick. It is amazing. (01/03/2009)
I just have to say that people probably have different successes and failures with the different products suggested here because of the type of Berber carpet it is being used on. Berber is a term used for a type of weave used in making the carpet. Berber does not refer to what the carpet is made out of. Carpet can be made out of wool, nylon, polyester, olefin, etc. Some clean better than others no matter what you use. (01/07/2009)
By bd in sk
We found a great recipe for removing and keeping the smell gone from pet stains. Try hydrogen peroxide, a little baking soda, and some dish soap. Just pour it on the stain. We put it in our Bissel steam cleaner. It works great. (02/16/2009)
What I would recommend is the hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and a little vinegar. Pour the vinegar first to drench the carpet, then the baking soda. Then scrub with a utility brush. Then pour the hydrogen peroxide and scrub some more. Let this sit for about 30 minutes. I would use the steam cleaner to get all this out of the carpet. When it is almost dry, just a little damp, spray it with room freshener. (04/09/2009)