DIY Pet Stain Removal in 5 Steps

Keeping your floors clean and looking like new is an ongoing battle, especially if you are also dealing with furry friends. While dogs, cats and other creatures are adorable, they can wreak havoc on your carpets and floors. With that in mind, here are some natural solutions for how to safely and effectively remove pet stains from your carpet using everyday items you probably already have in your cupboards.


Step 1: Clean Excess Moisture

Use disposable paper towels to absorb any excess moisture and prevent pet urine from soaking further into the carpet fibers. Be sure to press down firmly to remove as much moisture as possible. You may not be able to remove all the moisture-and that is okay. The idea is to remove anything “extra” so the cleaning solution can focus on the bigger problem.


Step 2: Saturate with Vinegar

Vinegar is highly acidic, which allows it to break down the enzymes in pet urine that cause odor. It also makes a great cleaning product because it doesn’t contain a lot of the extra chemicals that are found in other cleaners.

During this step, you will want to fully saturate the carpet with vinegar. Don’t be stingy because you want the liquid to reach all the fibers and fully eliminate odor.


Step 3: Add Baking Soda

Baking soda might be primarily used for baking, but it also makes a great natural cleaning solution! In the case of pet stains, sprinkle baking soda over the affected area to further neutralize any lingering odor. Since baking soda is an alkaline product, it combines with vinegar to form a perfect one-two punch that fully removes smells without simply masking them. Both of these products are also completely safe, so you don’t have to worry about your kids or pets.


Step 4: Blot, Blot, Blot

Once the vinegar and baking soda have each had some time to go to work, you will want to take a clean white cloth and thoroughly soak up any moisture. Paper towel will also work but may end up leaving behind some debris, so stick to a cotton rag if you have one. At this point, don’t worry about scrubbing, simply blot away until the cloth is no longer picking up any moisture.


Step 5: Dry and Vacuum

After you have treated the stain with vinegar and baking soda and removed any remaining moisture, you can let the area sit and air dry for a bit. At this point, there shouldn’t be any visible signs of the stain and any smell will have disappeared. After a few hours, simply vacuum up any remaining baking soda and you won’t even be able to tell that your pet had an accident.


Family life with kids and pets can be messy, but you don’t have to sacrifice your carpets to permanent stains. With the right pet stain removal techniques, you can preserve your carpets and avoid lasting odors and fully enjoy your home and your family for years to come.



Contributed to Your Home blog by Amy Blitchok

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Published 6.20.18

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