Simple Ways to Remove Pet Stains
In researching for this "Simple Ways to Remove Pet Stains" page, I came across a multitude of stain removal home remedies that I found very interesting and useful and I also found some super already made stain removal products.
Being a member of long standing in the current “real world” I understand that there are some of us that really enjoy following a recipe and making our own product to do a job. While there are others that want and need to remove pet stains the “easy way” with a commercial stain product.
With both of these thoughts in mind I am going to fulfill all of your needs.
First of all, I would like to thank all of the people in the Internet world that offered their own home remedies. It is impossible for me to know who you are, but please know if I could; I would send each of you a personal thank you note, for sharing your wisdom with all of us.
For those of you that are interested in the commercial ready to go products, you too, will have many choices.
However, to begin with we are going to bring on the vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, dish detergent, water and towels. Let the pet stain removal begin.
In order to remove pet stains, we have to know where they are; some are usually right before our eyes while others are hidden in deep dark corners.
A black light (which can be purchased on the Internet, pet stores or craft stores) is the perfect tool to have. A black light will be able to pick up any old dried up stains that you never would find otherwise.
Of course, the best stain to find is the fresh one, but truthfully finding no stains is even better. However, if you have a cat or dog, at one time or another you will have to confront a pet stain or two.
Before we go any further, I want to remind you that these suggestions have come from people that have used them on their pet stains. I have not tried them and if I were to use them I would first try the solution on a piece of carpet that is hidden from view or on a piece of scrap carpet. The reason for that is to make certain the solution will not fade the carpet or have any other type of chemical reaction.
Fresh urine stains that are caught almost immediately are among the easiest to remove. The secret here is to blot, blot and blot some more with a clean dry towel. A white towel is recommended, but towels don’t run and I feel any towel that is clean and dry should work well (besides I don’t own a white towel.)
The purpose here is to soak up as much of the urine as you can, stand on the towel to add more weight and pressure.
If you remember to BLOT your carpet as you are cleaning the stains up, you are less likely to damage any of the carpet fibers. Brushing or rubbing tends to fray the fibers and even though the stain is gone, you can tell where the damage was done by the difference in the carpet’s appearance.
The next IMPORTANT thing to remember is DO NOT use ammonia or an ammonia based product on any pet stain. The ammonia (it smells like urine to a pet) will attract the pet and encourage it to do the dirty deed again.
When cleaning feces up from a carpet be careful not to scrape the carpet fibers, remove the waste as gently as possible.
Wet a small towel with water and dish detergent and gently clean up the rest of the waste with some pressure while blotting the spot.
Then mix a ½ cup of white vinegar with about a quart of warm water and work this solution into the carpet with your hands (rubber gloves recommended) or a sponge (do not rub hard), blot up with several towels, stand on the spot to apply more pressure.
Remove the wet towels, add several more dry towels folded to add more thickness and place several real heavy books or something else that is heavy on the towels and let sit overnight or at least several hours.
Remove the towels, let air dry if not dry and fluff up area with your hand or a very soft brush.
For old stains that you need a black light to find, start out with a tablespoon of dish detergent into a cup of warm water. Slowly work into the stain; blot with a clean dry towel.
Then mix about a 1/3-cup of white vinegar into a 2/3 cup of warm water and work that into the stain blot again.
Next use the same detergent solution and work that once more into the spot, blot and rinse with clear warm water. Blot as much of the water out of the spot as you can, let air dry and fluff up the carpet carefully. The odor and stain should be gone for good.
I have read that after you have cleaned up the stain using the vinegar and water route it is a good idea to sprinkle baking soda on the spot, let it sit for 24 hours and then vacuum it up and tat certainly will eliminate any possible leftover odor.
Another great tip is to use rubbing alcohol on the spot, some say use full strength and other say to use 1/3 water, 1/3 white vinegar and 1/3 alcohol, do it twice, blot, let dry and vacuum.
Another idea is to use hydrogen peroxide (quart size) plus a 1/2 cup baking soda and a tablespoon of dish detergent mixed together and put into a spray bottle, spray the spot and of course, blot, blot and blot some more, once it is dry, then vacuum up.
Some say an inch of table salt spread over the stain and then let it sit for 2 or 3 hours then vacuum will make the stain and odor disappear.
Here are some household product ideas that have worked for some people. Again I advise you to test them on a spot before you jump in and use them.
A tablespoon of “Oxiclean” mixed into a spray bottle of hot water spray onto the stain work it in with your hand (inexpensive rubber gloves are great for this,) blot and let dry.
Another cat and dog lover says pouring “Listerine” straight from the bottle onto the spot, blot and odor is gone.
How about this one, get a bottle of “Awesome Orange Degreaser” from the “Dollar Store” pour it in the carpet and the odor is gone and so is the stain, of course, you need to blot the liquid out of the carpet.
”Simple Green” undiluted sprayed on a urine spot on concrete made the odor disappear completely. The “Simple Green” odor lasted for a few days, but that smelled better than the cat urine.
”Spray and Wash” stain remover, sprayed on to the spot and blotted off supposedly removes the stain and odor.
My last interesting pet stain and odor remover is using “shaving cream” to remove both the stain and odor. Gently work it into the stain and blot it off.
I find home remedies so interesting. I often wonder how did anyone think of using these things to remove stains. My guess is necessity is the power behind invention.
I have found several good sources for “all ready made” pet spot removers. Again I have not tried them because so far my guys have left me stain free except for a few vomit spots on the middle of a clean comforter or two. I truly believe my pet door out into the yard has been my lifesaver.
From my research I have found these products to have strong approval ratings.
- urine-off can be found on InstallerStore.com and many other
places on the Internet. It is supposed to be very good.
- Natures Miracle can be found on the Internet. It is
reasonable in price and I have heard good comments on it.
- OxiClean Carpet and Stain Remover also is found on the
Internet and has had some good reports.
- Get Serious Stain and Odor Remover also has very good
reports and can be found on the Internet.
Having a pet is like having a child, there is never a dull moment.
It is a lifetime commitment and I truly feel if you cannot make that commitment, please do not get a pet. Do not adopt a pet and then if the animal displeases you haul it off to the animal shelter to be disposed of.
Animals are living breathing creatures, they give us their love and devotion and they deserve ours in return