Removing Pet Stains from Carpet

Cleaning Carpet

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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Tip: Genesis 950 for Pet Stains

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.

    Link: http://www.genesis950.com

    By cooperx1986 [2]

    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: 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: 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, TX

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    Here are questions related to Removing Pet Stains from Carpet.

    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


    Most Recent Answer

    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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    By rose.m06/05/2013

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    By Litter Gitter [144]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: 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

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    By recyclerichardson01/24/2012

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

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    By Ruth from NE

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    By Ruth Magnuson [2]10/29/2009

    Thanks! I will try this cleaner.

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

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    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


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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)

    By DJJ

    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

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    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....