Removing Pet Stains from Carpets

If you currently have, or have ever had a pet living in your home, chances are they have mistaken your carpets for their own personal restroom. Pet stains can destroy your carpets and result in stubborn, lingering odors. The best way to avoid any permanent damage is to clean a wet stain while it is still fresh. Unfortunately, our pets often cause the most damage while we aren’t watching, so you may not become aware of an accident until it has dried. The steps outlined below will help you deal with fresh or old urine stains.

Dry Stains
Dry stains can leave an ugly mark on your carpets, but they can also cause just as many disgusting odors as a wet stain. Sometimes you can smell the stain, but may not be able to find it. A black light that can be purchased from many pet stores to help find the offensive stains and get rid of them.

Keep in mind that if a missed stain absorbs into the carpet and padding, you will be spending a lot more money replacing the carpet. Once you find the stains, an enzyme based stain remover should effectively remove both the stain and the odor. Follow the manufacturer instructions for proper use.

Wet Stains
Cleaning the urine spot before it has time to dry is the best way to prevent odors and stains from damaging your carpets. Before applying any stain remover, soak up as much of the urine or feces as possible. Put a thick layer of paper towels or a thick bath towel over the area and apply pressure, a lot of pressure. While a heavy book is okay, standing on the area is even better. Stand on the pile of towels with your full weight for a couple of minutes. Grab yourself some fresh towels and do it all over again. Repeat this process until the towel is dry or very close to dry. You are going to want to do this for as long as it takes because if urine remains under the carpet, then you haven’t fixed the problem. Once you have removed as much of the urine as possible, pour clean water on the area and blot it dry. This will rinse the area, removing even more of the urine. Once you’ve completes these steps, treat spot with an enzyme based stain remover.

DIY Spot Remover
For those consumers who want a homemade remedy, combine water and white vinegar in a 1:1 ratio. If a small dog has caused the stain, start with ¼ cup each. For larger dogs, try ½ cup. Pour the mixture over the stain, let it soak in and use the towel method to soak it back up. Once it dries, the vinegar and urine smells will be gone. This method can be used for dry urine as well, but you may need to follow up with an enzymatic cleaner to attack the bacteria that urine breeds.

This process may be time-consuming. A dog’s sense of smell is very strong, so removing the odor completely is the only way to ensure that your dog will not repeatedly return to the area to do his business.

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