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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.


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By 3 found this helpful
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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By 3 found this helpful
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. 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 cooperx1986 from Akron, OH

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By 2 found this helpful
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. 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 Gayle 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.

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September 28, 20060 found this helpful

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

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March 11, 20161 found this helpful

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May 23, 20130 found this helpful

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


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


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.

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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

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October 29, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks! I will try this cleaner.

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February 4, 20120 found this helpful

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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January 5, 20110 found this helpful

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


Removing Pet Stains from Berber Carpet

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, Maybe you can find it there. They were guaranteed to remove odors and stains. (08/24/2007)

By joan pecsek

Removing Pet Stains from Berber Carpet

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)

By Marnita Arner

Removing Pet Stains from Berber Carpet

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)

By Linda

Removing Pet Stains from Berber Carpet

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)

By Chrisam2

Removing Pet Stains from Berber Carpet

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)

By Tammy

Removing Pet Stains from Berber Carpet

Folex works well. Blue Magic, too. Has anyone had luck with vinegar and water?


By Karma the Cat

Removing Pet Stains from Berber Carpet

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)

By Carol

Removing Pet Stains from Berber Carpet

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)

Removing Pet Stains from Berber Carpet

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)

By Tammy

Removing Pet Stains from Berber Carpet

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)

By Pam

Removing Pet Stains from Berber Carpet

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

Removing Pet Stains from Berber Carpet

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)

By Jason

Removing Pet Stains from Berber Carpet

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)

By Maxine

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May 7, 20100 found this helpful

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.


Pet Stain Removal

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)

By Leann

Pet Stain Removal

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)

By Bex

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