Stubborn pet related stains in a rug can be a challenge to remove. This guide is about removing pet stains from carpet.
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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.
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, T.X.
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Here are questions related to Removing Pet Stains from 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 Litter Gitter 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.
I have several stains from pet urine on my Berber rug. Will hydrogen peroxide help?
By Nancy T
How do you use peroxide to remove stains from carpets? I have pet stains I am trying to remove.
Well peroxide works, but the peroxide leaves a small stain as well.
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.
vinegar in small drop of water add small drop of fairy washing up liquid worked on stains pup left on carpet
How do you remove dog vomit and urine stains from carpets?
By Chris from Cornwall
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
Will rubbing alcohol get pet odors out of carpet?
By Ruth Magnuson 10/29/2009
Thanks! I will try this cleaner.
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
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
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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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
By Jennifer from CA
By Cheryl W.
To remove cat or dog urine stain and odor, this is the only thing I have ever found that really works.