We love our fur babies—even when they make pesky, smelly messes in the house. Accidents are bound to happen at some point, and even though pet urine removal and other pet stain clean-up can seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be.

Cleaning pet stains can be as easy as 123! Here are the 3 most effective ways to remove pet urine and other pet stains from carpet. carpet stain, carpet cleaning in novato ca, dog urine removal in novato ca, pet urine stain novato

Homemade Solutions

Making a simple cleaning solution at home can save you money. And the good news is, homemade cleaning solutions are generally effective at lifting surface stains and odor with very little scrubbing required.

With any homemade solution, be sure to spot check a small area first. You don’t want to be left with any discoloration to your carpet. Also, always start by blotting the area with a towel to absorb any remaining urine or stain prior to applying a solution.

When removing the stain, remember not to scrub too hard. This will push the stain further into the carpet fibers. Instead, gently blot the area and let the solution do the work for you.

Use a small amount of solution at a time. Repeating the process as needed rather than dumping on too much solution at once will help prevent residue build up on your carpet that attracts dirt.

Baking Soda And Vinegar

Saturate the stained area in vinegar, taking care not to get it too soggy. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on top. You’ll her a fizzing, popping sound that confirms the solution is working. Cover the stain with something like a dish or a small towel, then wait for 1-2 days. Once the spot dries completely, scoop up any remaining baking soda, rinse the area with cool water, blot dry, then vacuum.

Dishwashing Detergent

Mix a quarter teaspoon of dishwashing detergent with one cup lukewarm water. Put the solution in a spray bottle, then spray on the stain. Repeat the process as needed, then towel dry the area.

Note: Be sure to use dishwashing detergent—not dish soap or laundry detergent.


Mix 2 tablespoons of ammonia with 1 cup of water. Rinse the affected area with the solution and repeat until the stain disappears. Rinse and towel dry to finish.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Combine 4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with 2 tablespoons of lukewarm water. Put into a spray bottle, then add a couple drops of dish soap. Mix well. Spray on the stain and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Repeat as necessary. Rinse the area with cool water, blot dry, and vacuum to finish.

The Quick Method

If you’re not in the mood to make your own cleaning solution, there are several effective stain removers you can buy in stores. Many carpet stain remover sprays come in non-toxic pet formulas, too.

Blot as much moisture as you can from the affected area. Apply a stain remover like Spot Shot, OxiClean, or Resolve. Wipe away the area with a cloth, rinse with water to remove residue, blot dry, and vacuum.

Remember not to over-saturate the area with cleaner. You’ll be surprised how little you need to actually remove the stain. It’s always better to repeat the process instead of piling on the solution at the beginning. This leaves residue that dirt and stains stick to.

Regular Professional Cleaning

Keeping up with pet stains on your own is a never-ending task and a lot of work for you. There’s also one main problem with both of the options listed above: spot cleaning and treating only remove surface stains.

Pet urine penetrates carpet fibers and soaks into the carpet backing and the flooring beneath your carpet. When pet urine dries, concentrated urine crystals are left behind. These concentrated odor crystals will continue to permeate the air with a nasty smell from your flooring unless professionally removed.

To eliminate pet urine odors and bacteria from the source, it’s wise to schedule a regular pet urine removal treatment by professionals.

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