How to Remove Pet Stains & Odors from Carpet


Regardless of how well your pup is house-trained, accidents can happen. As a dog owner, it is to be expected. The key is to have an effective treatment plan for removing pet stains and pet odors from your carpet. And we’ve got you covered. 

Removing Pet Stains From Carpet

While getting a stain on the carpet now and then is bound to happen when you have a dog, these stains rarely find their way to spaces that are out of sight. Instead, most dogs like to mark their territory front and center. So, what do you do? How can you safely remove stains without damaging the carpet? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Paper towels (or a cloth towel)
  • White vinegar
  • Water

Follow these steps for fresh stains: 

  1. Blot the stain. If the stain is fresh, never rub it as that is only causing a tougher stain. Instead, blot it with a paper towel. Keep doing this until you have soaked up as much of it as possible. 
  2. Create a cleaning solution. Mix together equal parts of vinegar and water to create a cleaning solution. You can either do this in a bowl or spray bottle. Once it is mixed well, soak the stained area with the solution. Be sure to scrub it into the carpet so you reach all depths of where the stain is. Allow it to sit for 5 to 10 minutes. 

For dried stains: 

Sometimes you can’t catch a pee stain as soon as it happens and that’s ok. Simply wet it with some water and begin trying to blot as much of the urine as you can – then continue to follow the steps above. 

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If all else fails, calling in a professional carpet cleaning crew may be the best way to remove pet stains from the carpet. 

Removing Pet Odors From Carpet

When it comes to odors, using the vinegar solution above is great because it not only cleans the area but also neutralizes the ammonia – and the smell. 

While the spot is still wet with the vinegar mixture, sprinkle baking soda on it. Then, pour just a little bit more of the vinegar mixture on top – and mix the two together. The spot will begin to bubble and fizz as it lifts the stain and smell from the carpet. It helps to scrub it deeper into the carpet fibers using gloves and/or a brush. 

Leave your baking soda and vinegar on the carpet until it dries. Depending on the stain and a few other factors, this could take a few hours or a couple of days. When it is dry, vacuum up the remaining baking soda.

If you are looking to remove the smell of dogs, in general, from your carpet, sprinkle baking soda (sans vinegar) all over the carpet and leave for as long as possible. Overnight is always the best option. The longer it sits, the more the baking soda is able to absorb the odors. Then vacuum it up. That’s it!

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