Pet stains and odor


Owning a pet dog or cat is a wonderful experience. However, no matter how much we love our pets, no one loves cleaning up their messes. Perhaps the biggest downside to owning a pet is contending with accidents left on furniture and carpeting. Owning a new puppy often involves the need to clean up accidents in the house as the puppy undergoes elimination training. Pet dogs and cats can sometimes develop behavior problems that involve the pet animal soiling the carpet or furniture. As animals get older, they may become weak and unable to get outside easily to urinate or defecate and have accidents in the house. Often times, pets get sick and have either diarrhea or vomiting, which can be particularly frustrating to clean up. If a pet is having accidents of any kind, it is important to see a veterinarian to make sure that there are not significant health problems that are causing the problem to occur.

Under each of these circumstances, there is a need to clean up the mess. In most cases, it’s simply not enough to clean up the mess, as odors can linger behind for weeks, months, or even longer. However, by arming yourself with a powerful pet odor removal product, you can quickly and effortlessly clean the accidents left behind by your pet.

General guidelines for cleaning stains

Dog urine, Pet stains and odorIt is important to try and eliminate not only the stain, but the odor of the accident to try and prevent the pet from soiling the area again. If possible, try and make the area unattractive to the pet and use positive reinforcement to encourage the pet to eliminate in the appropriate spot. Remove as much of the material as possible before taking further steps to take care of the problem. For example, use paper towels to soak up as much of the urine as possible. The more that is removed, the easier it will be to get rid of the odor. The presence of urine is not always apparent in normal light conditions, but can be seen under a black light in a darkened room. Under a black light, the surface yarns that are devoid of urine usually show lighter than the native dyes, while urine glows a dull yellow.

In carpeted areas, use an extracting/wet vacuum machine to get rid of excess fecal material or vomitus. Avoid using chemicals with the extracting/wet vacuum, as they work well with plain water. The chemicals don’t effectively eliminate or cover the urine odor and, for example, may encourage your pet to reinforce the urine scent mark in the area. Chemicals can also interfere with products that have bacteria and enzymes designed to help eliminate pet odors. Avoid steam cleaners as the heat will permanently set the stain and odor by fusing the protein and salts with the fabric.

Machine wash items, if possible, adding a pound of baking soda to your regular detergent. Air-dry the item, if possible, since if the odor is not eliminated, heat drying may make it more difficult to get rid of the smell. If baking soda does not eliminate the smell, then try enzymatic cleaners, such as Anti-Icky-Poo ( or Nature’s Miracle (

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