Removing Pet Stains from Carpet

September 9, 2014

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.



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November 1, 2012

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.


May 7, 2010

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.


September 28, 2006

If you pet has soiled your carpet use vinegar mixed with a tiny bit of water on the stain. . .


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March 13, 2020

What shampoo solutions are best for removing cat poop from carpet?


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March 13, 20200 found this helpful
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after removing all solid residue, you would scrub with an OxyClean-type cleaner and a stiff brush.

After that you may want to use an enzymatic cleaner. These have enzymes specifically designed to rid yourself of organic odours. These are available anywhere and are also great for cat urine problems.

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May 23, 2013

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


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May 27, 20130 found this helpful

I have found that plain old club soda is a great stain remover. Something else you can try ( love this stuff) is a product called Totally Awesome. I get it at The Dollar Tree. You can also get it at Dollar General.


A person I know who has a cleaning business told me about this wonderful product. When all else fails I get out the Totally Awesome. Hope this helps.


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May 28, 20130 found this helpful

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.

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January 21, 2012

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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January 22, 20120 found this helpful

I put peroxide in a stray bottle and spray the area and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then I take a damp cloth and lightly scrub the spot until it is gone.


Peroxide will remove most stains. I use it a lot for removing spots on the carpet.

January 24, 20120 found this helpful

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

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October 22, 2009

Will rubbing alcohol get pet odors out of carpet?

By Ruth Magnuson

October 25, 20090 found this helpful

I have two little dogs and my carpet looks brand new cause I use "Carpet Details Spotter". It is an excellent product and its gets all stains out. You can find the company at After you are on their web page click on flooring, then click on carpet floors (cleaning supplies).


They are located in Austin Texas. Phone number is 512-836-6990. Believe me you will not be disappointed and your carpet will look great! It's even great for the laundry. Ce

October 29, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks! I will try this cleaner.

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February 4, 2012

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

By Nancy T

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January 5, 2011

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

By Chris Turner from Cornwall

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March 19, 2009

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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March 11, 2016

This is a page about cleaning dog poop stains off a rug. Dog poop stains can sometimes be difficult to remove from your rugs.

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January 29, 2020

Poop accidents can happen if you own a dog. There are a few ways to remove the stains and odor from your carpet, including enzyme cleaners, Dawn dish soap, vinegar, and carpet cleaners. Read on the find the solution that best meets your needs.

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This is a page about cleaning cat vomit stains from carpet. When your pet gets sick and vomits on the carpet stains often result, from food dyes, and more.

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January 5, 2011

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....


May 7, 2010

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


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