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Pet Stain and Odor Removal From Floors and Fabric

March 4, 2024
Pet Stain and Odor Removal From Floors and Fabric


Pet stains and odors can be challenging to remove from floors and fabric. As a pet owner, I often deal with this issue. In this article, I will provide an in-depth guide on how to remove pet stains and odors from floors and fabric using effective cleaning methods and products.

Evaluating Pet Stains and Odors

Before treating pet stains and odors, it’s important to evaluate the affected area first. Here are some tips:

  • Identify the type of surface – hard floors, carpets, upholstery etc. Different surfaces require different cleaning methods.

  • Determine the age of the stain – New stains are easier to remove than old, set-in stains.

  • Find the stain source – Urine, feces, vomit, drool etc. Knowing the source helps pick the right cleaning solution.

  • Check for odor – If the stain is old, there may not be a visible stain but a lingering odor.

Removing Pet Stains and Odors from Hard Floors

For hard, non-porous floors like hardwood, vinyl, tiles, laminate etc., here are some effective cleaning methods:

Cleaning Supplies

  • Dish soap – Removes dirt and grime from floors.

  • White vinegar – Helps eliminate odors and disinfect floors.

  • Baking soda – Absorbs stains and deodorizes floors.

  • Enzymatic cleaner – Breaks down urine and feces on floors.

  • Mop and bucket – For cleaning floors effectively.

Cleaning Steps

  1. Use a paper towel to blot up any excess urine or liquid. Scrape off solid waste gently.

  2. Mix a solution of dish soap and warm water. Mop the floor with this solution.

  3. Rinse with clean water and allow the floor to air dry.

  4. If odor lingers, mop the floor with equal parts white vinegar and water.

  5. For tough odors, sprinkle baking soda generously on the floor. Let sit for 15 minutes and vacuum up.

  6. Use an enzymatic cleaner to break down urine and stool residues.

  7. Mop again with clean water and allow floor to dry completely.

Removing Pet Stains and Odors from Carpets

Pet stains on carpets can be more difficult to remove. Here are some effective carpet cleaning methods:

Cleaning Supplies

  • Vacuum cleaner – To vacuum up loose dirt and debris.

  • Carpet shampoo solution – Mix of dish soap, vinegar, water for cleaning.

  • Enzymatic cleaner – To break down urine and feces.

  • White vinegar – Helps deodorize carpets.

  • Baking soda – Absorbs odors and stains.

  • Rent a carpet cleaner – For deep carpet washing.

Cleaning Steps

  1. Blot up excess liquid immediately with paper towels. Don’t rub.

  2. Lightly sprinkle baking soda on the stain and let sit for 15 minutes.

  3. Vacuum up the baking soda residue.

  4. Mix an all-purpose carpet shampoo solution. Spot clean the area.

  5. Use an enzymatic cleaner on the stain according to directions. Let sit.

  6. Rinse the area with clean water and blot dry.

  7. Deodorize by spraying vinegar, letting sit briefly and blotting dry.

  8. Consider renting a carpet cleaner for periodic deep carpet washing.

Removing Pet Stains and Odors from Upholstery

Upholstery stains require gentle cleaning methods. Here’s how to remove pet stains and odors from upholstery:

Cleaning Supplies

  • Vacuum cleaner – To vacuum up hair, dirt and debris.

  • Dish soap – For spot cleaning stains.

  • White vinegar – Helps eliminate odors.

  • Enzymatic cleaner – To break down urine and feces.

  • Cleaning brush – Use soft brush to lather and rinse.

Cleaning Steps

  1. Blot up any excess liquid immediately with paper towel.

  2. Mix a mild solution of dish soap with warm water.

  3. Use a soft cleaning brush dipped in the solution to gently scrub the stain.

  4. Blot area with clean damp cloth to rinse.

  5. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray over stain and let sit briefly.

  6. Blot with clean dry cloth. Allow to air dry completely.

  7. Use an enzymatic cleaner to break down any remaining urine or feces residue.

  8. Vacuum the upholstery regularly to prevent future stains and odors.

Preventing Future Pet Stains and Odors

Here are some tips to avoid recurring pet stains and odors:

  • Train pets to eliminate outdoors or in designated indoor areas.

  • Clean accidents immediately to prevent odors and stains from setting.

  • Consider stain-resistant carpets and upholstery fabrics.

  • Restrict access to carpets and upholstery when away.

  • Clean and replace pet bedding frequently.

  • Bathe pets regularly to control odors originating from their coat.

  • Brush pets frequently to control shedding and hair on furnishings.

  • Use litter mats, puppy pads and belly bands as needed.


While pet stains can be frustrating, there are many effective methods to remove stains and odors from floors, carpets and upholstery. Identifying the stain, using the right cleaning supplies and taking quick action are key to success. With some elbow grease and the proper cleaning techniques, you can get your floors and fabrics fresh and clean again. Preventative measures also minimize pet stains and odors in your home.

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