How to Clean Pet Stains from Carpet? [5 Tips]

Last Updated on February 13, 2023 Ashley Camelia

Carpet stain cleaning is something that you have to be very careful with. Some commercial cleaning products can bleach and remove the color from carpets.

Many well-known cleaners contain bleach additives that can bleach the dye out of the carpet fibers. Carpet dying is something that should be done by an experienced professional.

The carpet properly taken care of should last at least 10 years. The better the quality of the carpet and how well it is cleaned and maintained, the longer it will last.

In this article, we will let you know what to use to effectively clean carpet stains.

How to Clean Pet Stains from Carpet


1.)    Basic Carpet Stain Remover Steps

If you act quickly you may not need to purchase a carpet stain remover or have to use any chemicals. Blotting up any liquid on the carpet is the first thing to do. Use clean white towels.

Do not use colored towels because the color may bleed into the carpet and cause more damage than you bargained for. Do not rub, because rubbing will spread the stain. Work from the outside of the stain.

This will help keep the stain from spreading out. Do not apply any cleaner until most of the stain has been blotted up. You can follow the steps below:

  1. A fresh stain can be treated with something as simple as club soda. Pour some club soda on the stain and blot it up. This may be all you need to clean the stain from the carpet.
  2. If this does not work is to try a little dishwashing liquid. Pour some gentle washing liquid on a very damp cloth. Gently rub into the stain, and do not use much pressure.
  3. Get a clean white towel and blot up the liquid. This should work to remove the stain, but there are more steps if this does not work.

With these carpet stain removal tips, we have not used any chemicals or harsh cleaners. It is always better to start with just basic water and work up from there. When you act quickly, it is much easier to get the stain out.

It is important not to use anything that may damage the carpet. When a stain has time to dry, it becomes more difficult to get out. Carpets are quite expensive, and the last thing you want to do is to cause any damage to the carpet.


2.) Carpet Smell (New Carpet Odor)

New carpet smell is a fact of life. The odor is due to a by-product in the manufacture of rubber which is used in the backing of most carpets. Several compounds are used in the manufacture of carpet that has strong odors.

The good news is that it usually goes away with good ventilation within a short time. Some people experience reactions to new carpets.

Improvements have been made in recent years, and “green” carpets that give off no odor are available. If it really bothers you or it is not going away after a few days, have your new carpet steam cleaned.

Eliminating Pet Odors and New Carpet Odors

A great do-it-yourself (DIY) is to use baking soda. It adsorbs odors because the baking soda particles draw odors in. It will work on new carpets and is also good for removing pet odors.

Sprinkle it onto a damp carpet and when you clean it up it takes the odors with it. It is difficult to remove baking soda while it is damp because it clings to the carpet. Let the carpet and baking soda dry thoroughly.

Sweep up as much as possible and vacuum the rest. You can use borax if you prefer as it is a very good deodorizer.


3.) Clean Pet Stains from Carpet

Carpet cleaning pet stains happen when you let your dog roam around the house if he does not have a pet bed to call home. Removing pet stains on the carpet is easier if you take care of it right away.

He lies where ever he wants including the sofa and carpet. Pet hair begins to be everywhere in your house, and it is a lot of work to clean it up. You can have a pet hair vacuum for that.

A good way to reduce the amount of pet hair is to provide a comfortable area for your dog. Your pet will spend his time in one place, and less time shedding on your furniture and carpeting.

Most dogs love furniture because it is soft. The dog will soon prefer to sleep in his own soft comfortable home and stay off your sofa. A simple one is fine, as long as it is comfortable. Make sure that it is washable.

Do not get one with a foam interior, because it cannot be washed and dried. Also, you need a good-wearing fabric that will withstand scratching.

Wash and Clean Periodically

Every week vacuum the padding and clean the general area. Wash the pet bed every two weeks. Place it in an area where your dog will be happy to stay, and still see what is going on. Allowing your dog to sleep where you sleep, will lead to loose hair and sometimes stains. Also, ticks and mites can be carried in from outside.

Deodorize the dog’s new favorite place to lie by sprinkling baking soda over it. This will keep dog smells to a minimum until it is time to wash them again.

You can also deodorize your dog and get rid of the stinky dog smell, by rubbing baking soda into his fur. Leave for fifteen minutes and brush out. Be careful not to get it in his eyes.


4.) Clean Pet Vomit Stains from Carpet

A vomit stain left on your carpet by your cat or dog is going to be more difficult to clean up than a wine spill or any liquid on your carpet. It can happen because your pet may have eaten too fast, or may be caused by stress.

When cleaning vomit from the carpet try to clean up as quickly as possible, as food dyes can discolor fabric or carpet. It can also dry into the carpet fibers, and become very difficult to remove. The best chance for success is to clean it up while it is still fresh.

If you wait and give it time to dry, you will not only have a stain on your carpet, but you probably will also have an unpleasant odor coming from it. By cleaning it as soon as you see it, you will be able to save a lot of work.

The stain can be removed and it is also possible to prevent any strong pet odor that may be left behind in the carpet fibers.

Steps to Remove Carpet Stain

You can follow the steps below to remove the carpet stains:

  • Use a spoon or fork to remove solid or dried materials from the carpet.
  • If the stain is large, work from the outside to prevent it from spreading, and blot up the liquids with a paper towel.
  • Make a solution of 1 teaspoon detergent and 1-quart water and blot the stain. Do not rub the stain on the carpet or use a brush, as it might damage the fibers.
  • Remember to wear rubber gloves, as you blot the detergent into the carpet.
  • Wet the carpet with clean water while cleaning as much as you can.
  • Rinse with more clean water. Place paper towels onto the area and replace them when they have absorbed the liquid.
  • After it has dried, brush up the fibers and use a vacuum to clean it, make sure it is dry before walking on it.


5.) Urine Stain Removal on Carpet

If your pet pees on the carpet, urine stain removal must be done quickly because not only will it smell but it will also leave a stain. Cat urine stains have a very strong smell and if you do not clean them the smell will remain for a long time.

Never use ammonia on an area that your pet has peed on. This is because ammonia will lure your cat back to the same spot to pee. What to do when you smell it in your carpet but you cannot find the exact location.

Use a black light, and the spot will show up so that you can see it. Urine stain removal will be easier to clean when you know the exact spot.

The Steps to Remove Pet Urine Odor

  • Blot up the liquid quickly using paper towels.
  • Make a mixture of 1/4 teaspoon of mild dishwashing liquid and 1 quart of water.
  • Sponge the solution into the urine spot. Do not rub, as it may make it worse.
  • Rinse the spot with a mixture of 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1 quart of water.
  • Blot dry with paper towels.
  • Place paper towels over the area just cleaned, and weigh them down. Change the paper towels as they get wet. Replace with new towels. Continue until the carpet is dry.
  • After the spot has dried, brush the carpet and vacuum it. Do not walk on the carpet until it is dry.

Puppy Training

Thankfully it is usually puppies that are not housebroken that have accidents on people’s carpets from time to time. It is not their fault. They can’t control themselves for very long. When they are young they have small bladders.

Training a puppy to do his business outside can take a few weeks and some patience. It will be worth it because you will not have to worry about urine stain removal from the carpet.



In this article, we have covered some of the basic as well as specific method to remove stains on carpets. If you follow the steps you should be able to get rid of pet stains on the carpet easily.

If you are a pet lover, you should learn effective ways to remove the carpet stain and train your puppy properly to reduce the chances of leaving unnecessary stains on the carpet.