Getting Pet Stains Out of Carpets

As cute as they are pets can’t half make a mess, especially on carpets and other soft furnishings. You may treat these stains when they happen but, as any owner will tell you, pet odours can linger, even after a decent scrubbing. Whilst big name household cleaners might do the job harsh chemicals and manufactured scents aren’t the only way to get rid of pet stains and odours. Here’s our list of cupboard essentials that can get the job done.

White Vinegar

For urine stains that are still wet dig out the white vinegar! It’s eco-friendly and will neutralise the ammonia causing the smell thanks to its high acidity. First blot don’t rub the area dry as this will stop the scent and stain getting further into the carpet. Mix equal parts cold water and white vinegar and pour over the stained area. Blot well again to soak up any moisture and leave to dry before running a vacuum over it.

Baking Soda

If a stain has already dried attack it with a generous covering of baking soda before leaving it for a couple of hours. Keep pets well away from the area whilst it’s setting – despite being safe to use around animals in the home baking soda shouldn’t be ingested as it can cause upset stomachs which will lead to a very sad pet and more stains! Once set vacuum over the area and you’re done.


Tackling those stubborn, caked-in stains and odours will require bleach. Dilute one part bleach into 10 parts water, spray over the stain and let it sit for around 15 seconds before washing away with warm water. Keep applying and rinsing until the stain is gone.

But be warned – only use this on light-coloured carpets! If you’re unsure whether your carpet will be discoloured by bleach test a few drops in a corner or under furniture first.

These home remedies for pet stains are save to use and can save you money. What’s not to love?

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