Removing Pet Stains off Carpet
Dealing with your cat's stains on carpet

If you’re a cat owner then you know the signs …. you round a corner or come in through the front door and your nose wrinkles, assailed by that unmistakable smell…

Yes, your pussin has done it again. Whether it’s a harmless grass vomit, a furball, or something more sinister such as pee, poop or blood, your cat has left it for you right there on the carpet and you’ve got to clean it up.

There are some key questions to ask in this situation. The first is obviously: why is it always on the carpet? Why is it never on the tiles?! Unfortunately, this is one of the true mysteries of cat ownership – cats always seem to make a beeline for the prize Persian rug and never for the bathroom floor.

Sometimes you can recognize the signs in advance – such as your cat making that unique hacking sound that comes right before they vomit or throw up a furball. This is a great time to gently direct your cat away from the expensive Turkish kilim. But we’re not always home when this happens, or fast enough when we hear the sound.

So the next obvious question is: how do you remove pet stains from carpet? What’s the best kind of pet stain remover to use on your carpet? Can pet stain remover damage your carpet?

In this article, we’ll explore everything you need to know about pet stain remover. We’ll also review three popular products that you can consider for those unavoidable moments when nature leaves a little message on your carpet.

What is a pet stain remover?

A pet stain remover is a special product that you can use to clean up your pet’s accidents at home. It’s different to regular carpet cleaner as it is specially formulated to work with the proteins, acids and other components that can be the result of an accident by your pet.

Often enzyme-based, a good pet stain remover will work well to remove stains as well as the odors that can’t always be completely taken care of by everyday cleaning products. With regular products, you may treat the stain when it’s first made, but unless you get rid of the odors at the same time they can come back to haunt you over the following weeks, months and even years.

Make sure you’re prepared

When accidents happen, the last thing you need is to be searching frantically for the stain remover while the hot mess seeps slowly into the fibers of your carpet. Ugh!

At a time like this, preparation is key. Making sure you have a proper pet stain remover on hand is critical. This is no time to run to the shops!

You also want to ensure your pet stain remover is in a spot that’s easy to get to. It can be a good idea to have all your supplies in the same place, so that you can grab the stain remover, paper towels, sponges, rags, bin liner or trash bag, and even disposable gloves if you need them, all at once. This will help you take action quickly without searching the house to gather everything up.

Being prepared will ensure you can act fast when the inevitable happens. It just might make the difference between getting that stain out completely, or always seeing the shadowy reminder of it every time you look at the rug.

For wet stains – pee or blood:

  1. Grab your paper towels and try to soak up as much of the liquid as possible. If you can, put a wad of towels underneath the carpet as well. Use your body weight to stand or press down on the paper towels, and keep doing this and changing the towels until the area is only lightly damp.
  2. Put pee-soaked towels in your cat’s litter tray – it will encourage her to recognize this as “the place to go”.
  3. Apply your pet stain remover, following the instructions carefully.
  4. After 24 hours, vacuum carefully.

For solid stains – vomit, furball, poop

  1. Pick up what you can straight away. Yes, it’s gross – that’s why you have your disposable gloves and your cleaning kit prepared in advance!
  2. Blot the area as much as possible, but don’t let it dry out completely. If you need to, use a water misting spray to keep the area damp
  3. Apply your pet stain remover liberally, following the instructions carefully.
  4. After 24 hours, vacuum carefully. You might notice the stain reappears, in which case follow the procedure again. You may need to do this a few times until the stain is gone completely, especially in the case of, ahem, liquid poop.

Three products to consider for those unavoidable moments

Bubba's Pet Stain and Odor Terminator

This professional-grade, powerful cleaner gets rave reviews from users everywhere. It’s a chemical free-alternative, using natural organic ingredients and dormant bacteria to remove pee and other stains. Billions of enzymes go to work as soon as they hit a “food source” (ie pee, vomit, poop etc) to lift stains out of your carpet, upholstery, area rugs and flooring. Owing to its special formulation, it can also be used on other kinds of stains around the house. It has a money-back guarantee.

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Rocco and Roxie Professional Strength Oxy Stain Remover

This number-one selling stain remover is powered by natural enzymatic bacteria that is guaranteed to lift the stubbornest stains, whether they’re pee, poop, vomit or other residues. It also works on chocolate, grass, dirt, coffee, tea, tomato sauce, red wine and others! It’s free of harsh chemicals like chlorine, it has no propellants, and it’s lightly scented, so it’s safe and easy to use around the home. You can use this product on carpets, rugs, curtains, upholstery and laundry.

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Nature’s Miracle Advanced Formula Pet Trigger Sprayer

This product is another all-round winner with many users. It’s guaranteed to work on pet stains as well as others such as food, grass, mud, vomit, blood, smoke, sweat and more. One great feature is that you can use this on old stains as well as new ones. It uses a special advanced oxygen infused, bio-enzymatic formula to deeply penetrate stains and to discourage the growth of bacteria and germs. The product uses this system to permanently remove pheromones and destroys odors on contact to prevent your pet from re-soiling in the same place.

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