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Removing Pet Stains from Carpet

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Stubborn pet related stains in a rug can be a challenge to remove. This guide is about removing pet stains from carpet.

Solutions: Removing Pet Stains from Carpet

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Tip: Removing Pet Stains and Odors

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.

Tip: How To Remove Pet Stains From Carpet

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

Tip: Vinegar for Pet Stains

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, T.X.

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Here are questions related to Removing Pet Stains from Carpet.

Question: Thrown Up Cat Food Left Red Stain on Carpet

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.

By Alan

Most Recent Answer

By Litter Gitter [97]05/28/2013

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.

Question: Pet Stains on a Berber Rug

I have several stains from pet urine on my Berber rug. Will hydrogen peroxide help?

By Nancy T

Question: Removing Pet Stains from Carpet

How do you use peroxide to remove stains from carpets? I have pet stains I am trying to remove.

By harleyhoney

Most Recent Answer

By recyclerichardson01/24/2012

Well peroxide works, but the peroxide leaves a small stain as well.

Question: Removing Dog Poop Stains from Carpet

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.

Most Recent Answer

By rose.m06/05/2013

vinegar in small drop of water add small drop of fairy washing up liquid worked on stains pup left on carpet

Question: Removing Pet Stains from Carpet

How do you remove dog vomit and urine stains from carpets?

By Chris from Cornwall

Question: Removing Dog Poop Stains from Carpet

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

Question: Rubbing Alcohol for Pet Odors on Carpet

Will rubbing alcohol get pet odors out of carpet?

By Ruth from NE

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By Ruth Magnuson [2]10/29/2009

Thanks! I will try this cleaner.

Question: Pet Stains on Light Colored Carpet

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

Question: Red Pet Food Stain On 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

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By Shari Breitung03/08/2009

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!


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Archive: Pet Stains on Light Colored Carpet

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

RE: Pet Stains on Cream Colored Carpet

Try baking soda. (05/29/2005)

By Betty

RE: Pet Stains on Cream Colored Carpet

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)

By Kim

RE: Pet Stains on Cream Colored Carpet

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)

By Donna

RE: Pet Stains on Cream Colored Carpet

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)

By mkymlp

RE: Pet Stains on Cream Colored Carpet

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

RE: Pet Stains on Cream Colored Carpet

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.

RE: Pet Stains on Cream Colored Carpet

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)

By cindyg234

RE: Pet Stains on Cream Colored Carpet

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)

By nofifi

RE: Pet Stains on Cream Colored Carpet

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)

By thirstyone

RE: Pet Stains on Cream Colored Carpet

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)

By Katie

RE: Pet Stains on Cream Colored Carpet

Nature's Miracle, is a good product - seems to work very well on the odor, less well for stains. (02/23/2008)

By Gayle.

RE: Pet Stains on Cream Colored Carpet

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)


RE: Pet Stains on Cream Colored Carpet

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)

By Diane

Archive: Pet Stain Removal

To remove cat or dog urine stain and odor, this is the only thing I have ever found that really works.


Archive: Removing Pet Stains from Carpet

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....