How to Remove a Pet Stain From Carpet

Keeping carpets clean can be a challenge when you have pets.

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Stains caused by pets will ruin a carpet if they are not treated properly. Urine stains are particularly harmful and need to be cleaned immediately. Proper and prompt cleaning can remove stains and avoid permanent damage.

Blot the stain with a dry, absorbent cloth. Gently press down lightly and soak up the liquid. Wring out the cloth and repeat until all the liquid is absorbed.

Apply a carpet cleaning solution to the spot on the carpet. Use an enzyme carpet cleaner. Enzymes will remove the bacteria in pet urine, feces and vomit. Enzyme cleaners are low on the pH scale, making them efficient cleaners for pet stains. Avoid any cleaners that are alkaline, such as Resolve. High alkaline products are formulated to loosen normal stains, but on a high pH stain like urine, it could have the opposite effect and set the stain into the carpet.

Scrub lightly with a soft brush on the surface of the carpet. Do not press down or scrub rigorously. Heavy scrubbing can force the stain deeper into the carpet and could ruin the fibers.

Saturate the stain with hot water. Because the pH level rises with the age of the stain, use a 2-to-1 proportion mixture of hot water and vinegar on stains that are over 24 hours old. The vinegar will help to neutralize the stain and condition the carpet.

Soak up the hot water with a clean cloth. Continue blotting and removing the water from the carpet until most of the moisture has been removed. If you have a wet vac, you can use that to extract the water from the rug.

Repeat these steps if the stain persists. Multiple treatments of the hot water extraction method may be needed, depending on the stain.

Things You Will Need

  • Dry cloths or rags
  • Enzyme carpet cleaner
  • Soft brush
  • Vinegar


  • Pet urine can react to the dyes in the carpet, leaving a permanent stain in some cases. If possible, remove a urine stain as soon as it occurs.

About the Author

Living in Maine, Sarah Conant has been writing since 2009. After spending 10 years in the field of horticulture, Conant specializes in landscape design and gardening. She attended Southern Maine Community College for plant and soil science.