The Best Pet Stain Removers

Cats and dogs are lovable companions that enrich people's lives, but unfortunately, people need to clean up after them from time to time.

Spot Shot

Pets are adorable companions; unfortunately, you need to clean up after them!
Pets can make a mess of your carpet for various reasons, such as smelly litter trays, old age, stress and illness, to name a few. Pet owners commonly find that store-bought carpet cleaners aren't very effective against these particular kinds of stains, but there are some home remedies that have been proven to work on your carpet--and there are store-bought products out there that work very well too. .

They have been tried and tested, and organic products are very effective at completely removing stains and odors, because urine is organic, which is why inorganic cleaners don't do the job as effectively. One very effective organic product for use on carpets is called Spot Shot. Thoroughly blot the soiled area, spray Spot Shot on the stain and blot the stain with a cloth. Repeat this until the stain has vanished.

Detergent and a Vacuum Cleaner

Mix 1 tbsp. of detergent with very hot water and pour it on the stain; meanwhile, have a vacuum cleaner switched on and ready to suck up any liquid that might saturate your carpet (shop vacs are good at this). This works the same way as a steam cleaner. Vacuum up the moisture and ventilate the room. Leave the patch to dry.

Water and Vinegar

Household vinegar mixed with water is a very effective stain remover.

You'll need some kind of absorbent to soak up the stain. Nature's Miracle, which is a stain remover, works very well. Spray it on immediately while the stain is fresh. Then mix one part vinegar with one part water, and pour a generous amount on the stain; blot up the liquid with a cloth. This method works effectively on upholstery too.

Dish-Washing Liquid and Vinegar

Add a squirt of dish-washing liquid to a quart of water, then add 2 tbsp. of vinegar and pour onto the stain. This mixture is also very good at preventing odors.

For Older Stains

If the stain is not fresh, don't worry. Laundry detergent for diapers, such as Dreft, is good for washing out urine if your carpet is washable. If it is not, Simple Solution Carpet Shampoo (although not the liquid or concentrate kind) works very well because it will emulsify the stain, rendering it wipeable.

Hydrogen Peroxide, Soap and Baking Soda

Many pet owners swear by hydrogen peroxide. Dilute it to 3 percent, spray it on and blot. However, if you want an even stronger solution, squirt in some hand soap and sprinkle in some baking soda, shake and spray. This will effectively remove both the stain and the odor.

Bissell Pet Stain and Odor Remover

Enzyme-producing bacteria detergents work very effectively for cleaning up excrement. Bissell Pet Stain and Odor Remover is a highly effective brand. The enzymes will take action and loosen any remaining residue. Cover the patch with a wet towel and allow the detergent to work for 24 hours, then rinse.