How to Remove Pet Urine and Odors From Carpet [3 Tips]

Feb 21, 2022 | Pet Odor Removal

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When you have pets, accidents are bound to happen in your home at some point. Cleaning up pet urine stains and odors may seem like a never-ending task, but you don’t have to handle it alone. Here are 3 proven methods for effectively removing pet urine stains from your carpet.

#1 – Use a homemade cleaning solution

Homemade solutions can save you money and are generally effective at removing surface stains. However, remember they are only useful if it is a small and simple surface stain. Also, before trying the following solutions, be sure to spot clean an area first to check for any discoloration. Blot the area instead of scrubbing the stain deeper into your carpet, and don’t saturate the stained area with too much solution.

Baking Soda And Vinegar

Lightly cover the stain with vinegar, then sprinkle baking soda on top. Cover the stain with a small towel, wait 1-2 days, then scoop up the baking soda, rinse the area, and blot dry.

Dishwashing Detergent

In a spray bottle, combine a fourth teaspoon of dishwashing detergent with one cup of warm water. Spray on the stain, and repeat as needed. Towel dry the area when finished.


Mix two cups of water with two tablespoons of ammonia. Spray on the stain and repeat until the stain is gone. Dry to finish.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Mix four tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with two tablespoons of warm water and a couple of drops of dish soap. Spray on the stain, let sit for 10 minutes, then repeat as needed. Rinse the area with cool water and towel dry.

#2 – Use a store-bought cleaning solution.

There are several stain removers you can buy in stores that may be effective at removing surface stains. Just be sure to look for a non-toxic formula that’s safe for your family members and your pet.

Start by absorbing as much of the stain as you can with a towel, then spray a stain remover like Resolve, OxiClean, or Spot Shot on the area. Wipe away the excess with a towel, rinse the area, then blot dry.

Again, don’t use too much cleaner. A little bit goes a long way and using too much can leave behind a sticky residue that will attract dirt grime that will ultimately lead to more stains.

#3 – Schedule professional pet urine and odor removal.

While the above methods can be effective at removing surface stains,  keep in mind that professional methods are needed to remove pet stains and odors completely. Blotting a surface stain with homemade or store-bought solutions will only potentially aid your problem temporarily.

Pet urine soaks deep into carpet fibers, padding, and the flooring below. When it dries, potent odor-filled crystals are left behind. These odors and stains can only be removed completely with the help of professional treatment. Chem-Dry’s pet urine treatment is the best way to rid your carpets and upholstery of those terrible pet odors and stains.

Schedule your routine pet urine removal treatment at least once a year with Chem-Dry of Rochester & The Finger Lakes! Our pet urine odor removal service removes 99.9% of pet urine odors from carpets.