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How to Remove Pet Stain and Odors?

If your cat or dog has urinated on your carpet, there are several ways to remove the stain and odors. In this article, we'll show you how easy it is to clean up pet stains at home without resorting to toxic chemicals!

Clean Up Any Pet Urine That's Still Wet

If you have a stain or odor that is still wet, it's best to clean it up immediately. The longer the urine sits on the carpet, the more difficult and time-consuming cleaning will be.

If possible, find some paper towels or an absorbent cloth and blot up as much of the urine as possible before using another tool (like a sponge) for removal. If this isn't possible due to limited access in your home, try using a commercially available pet stain remover instead of having to deal with removing all of those stains yourself—it'll save you money!

  • If the urine dries, it stains the carpet and increases bacteria growth.

  • Urine can stain furniture, clothing, hardwood floors and tile.

  • It is not just cats that are prone to marking their territory with urine. Dogs have also been seen urinating on carpets in homes as well as other surfaces such as concrete or grass outside of their kennels or yards.

To best remove the stain, place a layer of several paper towels over the wet area of the carpet. Paper towels are cheap and disposable; they're not as messy as other absorbents like cloth or sponges. They also have an absorbent quality that allows them to soak up moisture without leaving behind any residue or film on your carpet fibers.

When you're done wiping away whatever liquid is left behind from this treatment, simply remove any excess water by blotting with another clean paper towel (or by using a dryer's t-shirt). Then vacuum up all remaining debris from underneath your furniture!

Walk on the paper towels so that they absorb as much of the pet pee as possible.

  • Use a heavy object like a book or magazine to press down on the paper towels.

  • Don’t use your hands, as you will transfer bacteria from your fingers to the paper towel.

  • Don’t walk on the carpet with shoes that have been in contact with pet urine, as this can spread germs from one spot of contamination to another.

Remove the paper towels from the carpet once they are soaked through, and then place new paper towels down.

You need to do this step several times. It is best if you use a vacuum cleaner, as it will remove all of the paper towels and soak up any remaining odors.

To get the job done right:

  • Use paper towels to blot up as much liquid as possible from your carpeting by spreading them out on top of it and gently lifting them off after about five minutes of soaking time (you may need more than one set). Do not use regular paper towels because they will not work well enough in this case!

The more times you do this step, the more urine you will get out of the carpet. Repeat until dry, then vacuum up all of your pet stain and odor eliminator (PETE) solution with a wet/dry vacuum.

To dispose of used paper towels:

  • Place them in a plastic bag and throw them away in a trash receptacle outside or at least 150ft away from home/business.

How to Deal With Set-in Pet Stains on Carpet or Upholstery

Removal of heavy set stains in the carpet or upholstery might require using some more powerful cleaners. An extractor or wet-vac machine works the best. Use water only, rather than chemicals. Using cleaning chemicals with strong odors, such as ammonia or vinegar, might encourage your pet to revisit the area to cover up the odor. You should also avoid using steam cleaners that could permanently set the stain and odor into the fibers.

Once the area is clean, follow up with a good pet-odor neutralizer. Be sure to test the product on a small portion of the fabric first. If the stain still remains, try using a carpet stain remover that's specially designed for pets.

Cleaning Pet Stains on Your Floor

In some instances pet urine can also discolor the floors, most of which are the wood floors. You can try to use steel wool and floor wax for not too deep stains. However for deep stains you can resort rto purchasing a pet stain remover for hard floors.


We hope this article has helped you understand how pet stain and odor remover works. It's a great way to get rid of odors, without having to worry about chemicals. If you are looking for something that can also help remove stains from your carpet.



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