Removing pet stains from carpet

Having a pet in the home is such a joy. They are fun, loving, and inquisitive.

While some household pets, such as birds, hamsters and reptiles, spend most of their time living in cages, cats and dogs roam the house freely just like we do. Unfortunately, this can lead to accidents—especially when the animals are young and first learning how to become house trained.

If you are lucky enough to live in a home or apartment with all hard flooring (tile, natural wood, laminate, etc.) then cleaning up after a naughty puppy or kitten is much less of a headache. You still want to remove the mess and sanitize the are as quickly as possible; however, it’s not nearly as nasty or difficult a chore as it is to clean carpet.

Ahh, carpet. It’s so comfortable, inviting, and warm. Really high-quality carpet is cozy enough to sleep on, thanks to all those soft fibers and plush padding underneath. But therein lies the problem when it comes to pets and their bladder functions.

It’s disgusting to talk about and admit, but it is much easier to clean up poop from carpet than it is to clean up pee. At least the former is a solid—it remains on the surface. Successfully removing urine from carpet, on the other hand, can be a total nightmare. The liquid permeates the carpet and gets into the padding below. Because of that, if you don’t get it cleaned up quickly—and remove absolutely ALL of it—the stain and the smell may be there for good.

And here’s another thing about the smell of pee stains. Even if we think we got it all, and we can no longer smell it, the power of our noses pale in comparison to that of our dogs and cats. And since dogs and cats like to pee in the same places, once they smell a place they’ve been before, they’re going to want to do it again.

So, what’s the solution? Here are some helpful suggestions:

The first key is to act quickly. Using an old dish cloth or paper towel, soak up as much of the urine as you can. This will minimize the amount of liquid that seeps into the carpet and through to the padding. Get the area completely dry before you move on to the next step.

Next, you want to completely eliminate the odor. Do NOT try to cover it up or mask it with some other fragrance. Your pet will smell right through it, and once the perfume of whatever you’ve used wears off, you’ll soon notice that ammonia-like smell of old urine.

The smell from old urine stains come from bacteria that have to be neutralized and killed. The best substance for this would be chlorine bleach. Unfortunately, it will discolor your carpet (plus it is a very toxic, harmful substance for you. your pets, and the environment), so it’s a no go. There are some germ-killing products available in stores. However, vinegar and baking soda work really well, and they are natural. If you are going to use a manufactured cleaner, we recommend Sol-U-Mel stain remover from It is environmentally friendly and contains powerful melaleuca oil, which is a natural germ killer.

Now, if the stain is bad, and it’s been there a while, you will have to call in a professional carpet cleaner or rent a machine yourself. That’s the only way to guarantee you get down through all the carpet and padding to remove the stain completely.

If you do have mishaps with your pet, don’t give up. Dealing with their accidents is a small price to pay for the joy they will bring you and your family.

About Melaleuca: Melaleuca is a wellness company that makes and sells various natural cleaning products that are are effective in the home and safe for the environment.

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