• Getting Pet Stains Out of Carpet

  • When you mix pets and carpeting, you’re likely to experience stains.


    When it comes to getting pet stains out of carpet, you have several options. You can use home-remedy methods, off-the-shelf products created for home use, carpet cleaning rental equipment or you can hire the services of a professional carpet cleaning company.

    Tip: Use a black light to locate old urine stains.

    The best solution is the one that gets rid of the stain. If you’ve tried the DIY methods and failed, it’s time to consult the pros. Just be sure to let them know about your efforts to remove the stain yourself.


    Home-Remedy Methods of Pet Stain Removal


    Urine stains can be a real problem when it comes to indoor pets. (Or outdoor pets who visit.) Like most carpet

    Blot with a Clean Cloth Towel or with Paper Towels.

    Blot with a Clean Cloth Towel or with Paper Towels.

    accidents, urine is an issue that should be addressed quickly. Blotting is your best option. Grab a stack of paper towels and blot away, letting the towels soak up the liquid before it can sink deep into the carpeting.

    Do Not Rub!

    When blotting, start from the outer perimeter of the stain and work your way into the center of the stain. This helps contain the affected area.

    You can apply a little water if necessary. Once you see that the liquid being absorbed into the towels is a clear liquid, you’ll know that you’ve successfully dealt with the urine.

    The blotting may be done, but your job is not. Pet urine leaves an odor that must be neutralized. Mix equal parts water and vinegar then spray and blot.  The water-vinegar solution can also be used on pet stains that are not fresh. Some people add a drop of dish washing detergent to the mix.

    Note: Vinegar can be applied directly to areas where the stain is from pet feces.  Club soda can be used instead of vinegar. Apply then leave the vinegar or soda to do its job for a few minutes before blotting with paper towels.

    Once the area is dry, you can apply the standard home odor remover – baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda on the area that was stained. Leave the baking soda to sit for several hours or even overnight. Then vacuum as you normally would.


     Products Made for Pet Stain Removal


    There’s a wide range of products available to be used to remove pet stains from carpeting. Some labels show natural ingredients while

    Chemical Products Halt the Enzyme Process

    Use Caution When Applying Chemical Products to Remove Pet Stains

    others reveal chemical names that are impossible to pronounce. While the ingredients may vary, the goal is the same – neutralize the odor and remove the stain.

    Biochemical products break down enzymes and bacteria, making it possible to remove them.

    Tip: Avoid Ammonia – The Scent of Ammonia Invites Pets to Return to the Spot for a Repeat Performance!

    If you decide to try one of these off-the-shelf pet stain removers, be sure to carefully follow the directions.

    Many spray products are dangerous to humans and pets if inhaled or if contact is made with the skin.

    Do realize that any time you are dealing with stains on carpet, you must treat all of the affected area. If the urine went deep into the carpet, you’ll need to treat the padding beneath the carpet and possibly the wood beneath the padding.


    Renting Carpet Cleaning Equipment for Pet Stain Removal


    carpet cleaning rental machine

    Avoid Steam Cleaners When Renting a Carpet Cleaning Machine to Remove Pet Stains

    There are many stores where carpet cleaning equipment is available for rental. Perhaps you’ve noticed the familiar display in most grocery stores. There’s typically a row of carpet cleaning machines surrounded by various types of cleaning liquids to be used in the machines.

    If you choose this route, take care in deciding which products to use in the cleaner.  Do be aware that steam cleaners can make the situation worse – the seam may set the stain instead of removing it. It may also bond the proteins in the urine directly to any man-made fibers found in the carpeting.

    Store employees should be trained in assisting with the machines.  Tell them your reason for renting the machine. Choose the products that best fit the stain(s) you are dealing with. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

    As with any stain removal method, take care to follow the machine (and the cleaning product) instructions. If you use the wrong product or use the machine in a way that’s wrong, you could cause more damage to your carpet and make the situation worse instead of better.

    Realize that if this is your second (or third, or fourth!) attempt to treat and remove the stain, every thing you have done previously to get the stain out could affect the results you get this time.


    Hiring a Professional Carpet Cleaning Company


    When all else fails (or when you want to get the job done right the first time!) consult a professional carpet cleaning company. They’ll presprayhave the knowledge, the products and the equipment necessary to remove the pet stains and restore your carpet’s appearance as well as its aroma.

    Experienced carpet cleaners know what to use and how to use it. In order to get the best results, you need to be up front with them about any attempts you have made to clean the carpet yourself.

    Is the stain a recent one or an old one? Did you try to get rid of it? What products did you use? How did you use them?


    Getting the Urine (& More) Out


    When it comes to pets and carpeting, the two do not always get along. Pets, like people, have accidents. They can leave you dealing with carpet stains from urine, feces, vomit and blood. This can result in unsightly stains, stinky odors and health hazards. When faced with pet-related carpet stains, you have choices.

    You can take the DIY (do-it-yourself) route using ingredients you have at home. You can purchase products made specifically to neutralize odor and remove stains. If the blotting doesn’t work or you want to skip right to automated methods, you can rent a carpet cleaning machine. They’re easily available in many neighborhoods.

    If the old-fashioned methods don’t work or if you just want to let a pro handle it, call a local carpet cleaning professional. You can then spend your time doing whatever you wish to do while they deal with the stain and odor. (And the ick factor.) You might also wish to consider having the professionals apply a protective product such as Scotchgard to prevent future stain issues.