How to remove pee stains from your carpet

Cleaning pet stains involves more than removing the visible stain itself, Brown says. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Dawn S. of Washington D.C.)

Cleaning pet stains involves more than removing the visible stain itself, Brown says. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Dawn S. of Washington D.C.)

Many of us have gone through the trials of having a new puppy that just wouldn’t be potty trained or a cat that refused to use their litter box. Getting these pee stains and smells out of a home can be difficult and frustrating. Here are some tips for helping your pet spots not become permanent spots.

Start by cleaning up as much of the accident as possible, as quickly as possible. The longer urine - or feces or vomit - is left on carpet, the more time the liquids have to soak deeper into the surface, and the longer microbes in the waste have to react with the air around them to make a bigger stink.

When dealing with solid waste, pick up the poo with a paper towel or toilet paper (wearing rubber gloves is very strongly recommended) and dispose of it in the toilet. With urine, lay down a thick layer of paper towels on the area - at least an inch in thickniess -  and a colorfast, absorbent towel on top to absorb moisture. Leave them there overnight. 

Once you have the accident cleaned up, you will need to have the area treated with enzymes to neutralize the biological agents that are a favorite growing spot for bacteria, viruses and all sorts of other microbes. Without this neutralization, there will not only be unwelcome smells in your home, but you or your pet could become severely ill. Keep in mind: most home remedies for pet odor will simply mask the smells. They won’t kill the germs that come with these spots and may even make the spot permanent. 

The only exception to this rule is not a permanent fix – it will simply keep the issue from getting worse long enough to get a professional cleaner out to take care of the issue. What you can do is apply a 3:1 mix of club soda and white vinegar to the area, then soak up excess liquid. You will still need to call a professional to finish the job.

You can call your local certified carpet cleaner to help get these problems taken care of for good.

About this Angie’s List Expert: Christy Brown is the office assistant for Premium Carpet Care in Garland, Texas, a locally owned and operated, and IICRC trained and certified carpet cleaning and services company since 1988.

As of June 11, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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