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Remove Pet Stains From Carpets And Upholstery

March 3, 2024
Remove Pet Stains From Carpets And Upholstery


As a pet owner, I know how difficult it can be to remove those inevitable stains that our furry friends leave behind on carpets and upholstery. While accidents happen, there are ways to get rid of pet stains so they don’t permanently damage or discolor your home. In this article, I’ll provide an in-depth look at the best methods for removing pet stains from carpets and upholstery.

Act Quickly

The most important tip when tackling pet stains is to act quickly. The longer a stain sits, the harder it will be to remove. As soon as I notice a new stain, I get to work right away.

  • For wet stains, I immediately blot up as much of the liquid as possible with paper towels or a clean, absorbent cloth. I avoid rubbing, as this can force the stain deeper into the fibers.

  • For dried stains, I scrape or vacuum up any solid matter before treating.

Acting quickly prevents stains from setting and makes removal much easier.

Carpet Stain Removal

Carpets are prone to pet stains, especially from urine, which can create lingering odors and attract dirt. Here are my top methods for removing dog or cat stains from carpets:

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and stain remover.

  • I cover the stain with a generous layer of baking soda and let sit for several hours to absorb the odor.

  • Then, I vacuum up the baking soda.

  • For tougher stains, I make a paste with baking soda and water and rub it into the carpet with a cloth or brush. This helps lift deep set stains.

Enzyme Cleaner

Enzyme cleaners work by breaking down the compounds in stains and odors. I look for ones formulated for pet messes.

  • I spray or blot the enzyme cleaner directly on the stain according to the product directions.

  • Let it soak in for 5-10 minutes.

  • Then, I dab the area with a clean cloth.

Enzymes help remove stains and eliminate odors at the source.


White vinegar is an effective natural cleaner for pet stains.

  • I mix equal parts vinegar and water and spray or sponge onto the stain.

  • If the stain is stubborn, I let the vinegar solution sit for a few minutes before blotting.

  • The mild acidity in vinegar helps remove discoloration and deodorize.

  • I rinse with water and blot dry after vinegar application.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a mild bleach that can lift discoloration.

  • I mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide with 4 parts water and apply it directly to the stain.

  • Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before blotting and rinsing with clean water.

  • Test hydrogen peroxide on an inconspicuous spot first, as it can discolor some carpets.

Upholstery Stain Removal

Pet accidents can also end up on upholstered furniture and other fabrics. Here are my go-to methods for removing stains from upholstery:

Dish Soap

For fresh stains on upholstery, dish soap is very effective.

  • I mix a few drops of dish soap with warm water and use a sponge or cloth to gently blot the stain.

  • Dish soap helps lift stains without harsh chemicals.

  • Avoid scrubbing vigorously, as this can damage delicate upholstery.

White Vinegar

The acidity in white vinegar breaks down stains and odors in fabric.

  • I mix 1 part vinegar with 1 part warm water and apply it directly to the stain.

  • After letting it sit briefly, I dab the stain with a clean cloth.

  • Rinse with fresh water and pat dry.

Baking Soda

To deodorize upholstery, I sprinkle baking soda liberally over the entire area.

  • Let it sit for up to 24 hours.

  • Then I vacuum up the baking soda, which absorbs odors during that time.

Professional Cleaning

For upholstery with serious set-in stains, I rely on professional cleaning services. Reputable companies have commercial grade cleaners and equipment to deep clean upholstery and remove stubborn stains.

Prevention is Ideal

While it’s possible to remove fresh stains, the best solution is preventing them in the first place. Here are some tips to avoid pet stains on carpets and upholstery:

  • Potty train pets and keep to a schedule for taking them outside. Provide plenty of opportunities for them to relieve themselves in appropriate areas.

  • Restrict access with baby gates or close doors to carpeted rooms when you can’t supervise.

  • Consider washable slipcovers or blankets on upholstery where pets spend time.

  • Clean up accidents immediately with absorbent materials like paper towels or rags.

  • Use stain-resistant treatments and protectants on carpets and fabrics.

  • Schedule regular professional carpet and upholstery cleaning.


As a pet owner, dealing with the occasional stain is inevitable. By acting quickly and using the right stain removal methods, I can restore my carpets and upholstery. Enzyme cleaners, vinegar, baking soda and dish soap are affordable and effective options. For severe pet stain problems, however, calling in professional carpet cleaners yields the best results. But the ideal solution is preventing stains in the first place through potty training, supervision and protectants. With some diligence, I can keep my home fresh and clean despite sharing it with furry friends.

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