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As much as we love our furry little friends, they can create a mess sometimes. Pet “accidents” leave ugly stains and unpleasant odours on carpets and furniture, which are nearly impossible to remove.

Fortunately, with the right methods and products, you can get your home back to its natural urine-free state. Here’s how to remove pet stains and odours from carpets and furniture.

Tips for removing pet stains and odours from carpets

  • Act quickly: The faster you respond, the greater the chance of removing the blemish bestowed upon your carpet by your beloved pets. Quickly dab the stain with a clean, dry cloth. I repeat – dab, don’t rub. Rubbing merely helps the stain spread deeper into your carpet’s fibres. So dab like there’s no tomorrow.
  • Use an enzyme cleaner: Enzyme cleaners boast the remarkable ability to dismantle the very proteins that reside within the unfortunate residues left by your beloved pets. Apply an enzyme cleaner on the affected area and give it some time to work its magic for the recommended duration. Once the time is up, carefully absorb the solution and any other stain remnants with a clean, dry cloth. You may need to repeat the process several times if the stain persists.

Note: Make sure you’re using the right product for the type of carpet you have.

  • Try a homemade solution: You can also make your own pet stain remover using ingredients you already have lying around your kitchen. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water, apply the solution to the stain, and blot it up with a clean cloth. You can also sprinkle a bit of baking soda over the stain, spray it with a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar, let it sit for a few hours, and vacuum it up.

Note: Always try out such solutions on a small, inconspicuous area of the carpet just in case. Otherwise, you risk ruining your floor covering and we can’t have that, can we?

  • Use a carpet cleaner: If the stain is stubborn and won’t come out with other methods, you may need to use a carpet cleaner. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully, and test a small, inconspicuous area of the carpet first to make sure it won’t discolour or damage the carpet fibers.

Tips for remove pet stains and odours from furniture

  • Vacuum first: Before attempting to remove a pet stain from furniture, vacuum the area to remove any loose pet hair or debris.
  • Check the cleaning instructions: The cleaning instructions for your furniture should clearly tell you if you’re using the correct cleaning method and products. If the label recommends dry cleaning, take the furniture to a professional cleaner. If it recommends hot water extraction, you can hire a machine or simply book our services in your London area.
  • Use a stain remover: Apply a stain remover that’s safe for your furniture’s fabric or surface. Then simply blot the stain with a clean, damp cloth until it’s but a distant memory.
  • Air out the furniture: After cleaning the furniture, open the windows or turn on a fan to help air it out. This will help remove any lingering pet odours.

Common mistakes to avoid

  • Waiting too long to attend to a pet stain. The longer the stain sits, the harder it will be to remove. This is by far the most common mistake people make.
  • Using the wrong cleaning products. Some cleaning products can damage carpets or furniture, so it’s essential to check the label and use products that are safe for your specific surfaces. That’s why I always recommend trying products on a small, inconspicuous area before applying them to the stain. I know it’s annoying, but it beats buying a new carpet, doesn’t it?
  • Rubbing the stain instead of blotting it. Rubbing the stain can push it deeper into the fibers, making it harder to remove, as we’ve already covered.


Removing pet stains and odours from carpets and furniture can be annoying, but it’s not that hard once you know what you’re doing. With the right methods and products, you can restore your home to its former urine-free state.

Remember to act fast, use the right products, and avoid common cleaning mistakes. By following these tips, you can keep your home clean and odour-free, even if your pets are trying their best to… mark their territory. And, as always, feel free to give us a call if you need an extra hand.

Samyx Cleaning - Branding Consultant, Author - Atanas
Author: Atanas Dzhingarov

Hi, I’m Atanas - brand consultant and writer. I’m helping Samyx Cleaning create the best cleaning company blog on the Internet. Join us on our journey and learn how to live a cleaner, healthier, happier life in the process.