Easy Way To Remove Pet Stains

by DeeDee
3 Materials
5 Minutes

ETA: My little Trevor has passed over the rainbow bridge now so please, no need to tell me about diapers or belly bands, those didn't work for him and this is how we dealt with it. Thanks for all the tips though! :)

ETA: PEROXIDE does have a bleaching effect. If you have any doubts of this solution bleaching or color changing your carpet, please try it in an inconspicuous place first. Many commenters have suggested a "rinse cycle" with plain water using a carpet cleaning machine after the solution step. I don't ever have to do that, but everyone's carpet is different. I think most of it is picked up in the blotting step that is not pictured but mentioned down below.

If you have a pet, especially an elderly pet, you probably need to read this post! Of course I went right to Pinterest to find a way to battle these pet stains. It only takes two ingredients and a tiny little bit of elbow grease and your carpet will look nice and smell way better too!

This is one area that was a problem. There are normally two areas that I have to keep a constant vigilance over.

This is Trevor, my grandpaw dog. He will be 16 next month and for his whole entire life he NEVER had accidents in the house. Just this past year he started to go in the house instead of asking to go outside. Poor dude! Keeping our light colored carpet clean and keeping the house urine odor free is a chore now! Sometimes I catch the accident right after it happens, but mostly he does this while we aren't home throughout the day and that causes the staining.

All you need is Hydrogen Peroxide and Dawn dish soap (the blue one is best). CAUTION: Hydrogen Peroxide may cause bleaching to your carpet.

The mixture is 1 to 1 and I had a large area to cover so I mixed 1/4 cup Dawn and 1/4 peroxide in an oblong dish so I could get my scrub brush into it easily.

Using a stiff bristle brush, dip into the solution and apply to the stained carpet. Rub light to get the solution into the carpet fibers. Let this sit on the carpet for about 30 minutes and then blot with paper towels (I use my foot) to remove all the extra moisture you can. Keep blotting until the area is almost completely dry.

Please visit our blog for all the before and after pictures. Its nice while it last, but I know he will just create the same scene over again soon. At least I have this method to make it better!

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  • Thelma Thelma on Dec 16, 2021

    Does this work on ceramic tile floor. The place I moved into has this in bathroom and looks like stains on floor.

  • Beth Moore Beth Moore on Jul 08, 2022

    Does this work for kitty accidents, too?

  • Elena Elena on Oct 11, 2022

    Will this work on cat urine also?

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  • Anne Godfrey Anne Godfrey on Nov 26, 2022

    Yes! I have dogs who gets me when i have to leave home for awhile. When I get home, i might or not find urine stanes

    • Edy Watkins Edy Watkins on Jan 15, 2023

      You can buy a pet urine detector. It is a black light flashlight. When the lights are out, the flashlight will make the urine glow. It works on older stains too. They cost anywhere from $5 up. I got mine on Amazon for around $10.

  • Dee Dee on Dec 16, 2022

    Good job! However, I got tired of dealing with doggie accidents on the carpet in the house so I had vinyl sheet flooring installed. Not planks, urine can soak between the crevices. I wish I'd have done it sooner. Cleanup using a Swiffer or sponge mop is a snap. This old lady needs easy!

    • Carey Marshall Carey Marshall 7 days ago

      Dee you are right! This old lady needs easy too!!! I had hardwood floors put into my home, and while there are some drawbacks, It is cold on bare feet, it is absolutely much easier to clean up after pets & you don't have any soaking through to the backing where you really can't clean it. My daughter-in-law argued hard for me to get carpets until she saw what hers looked like after all of her careful cleaning. Now she too is going for hardwood or other surface covering. I AM VERY HAPPY WITH MY FLOORS.