How to Remove Pet Stains

Sometimes, our pets make messes on the floor. Whether our pets go to the bathroom in the middle of the carpet or throw up in the kitchen, it’s important for all pet owners to know how to remove pet stains. Pet stains are not the easiest thing to eliminate; they may take a little bit of elbow grease to completely go away, but it’s still important for you to try and get rid of them.

How to Remove Pet Stains

Using Bleach to Get Rid of Pet Stains

Bleach is one of those universal cleaners, in the same category as white vinegar, baking soda, and club soda. These materials are found in most homes and do a wonder on any stain that you may be dealing with. Some people are apt to avoid using bleach because of its ability to remove color from fabrics. In order to avoid this potential disaster, make sure that before you use bleach or a bleach solution on any surface; try a small amount in an unnoticeable spot to see how the bleach will affect the surface.

What you will need:

  • Diluted bleach solution; 10 parts water to 1 part bleach
  • Spray bottle
  • Warm water
  • Paper towels
  • Heavy object
  1. Mix up the bleach solution and put it inside of a spray bottle. Keep this spray bottle around; it will become very handy in cleaning up other messes as well. Label it clearly and accordingly.
  2. Take the spray bottle and spray the bleach solution over the affected area. Allow it to sit for 15 to 20 seconds.
  3. Take the warm water and thoroughly clean the area, making sure to eliminate as much of the bleach as possible.
  4. If the stain remains, repeat steps 1 through 3 until, at the very least, the surface stain is gone.
  5. Take some wet paper towels and put them underneath a heavy object. This is called a poultice. The moisture and the pressure will pull out any of the stain that may be deep inside the surface so that it’s completely eliminated. This works best on carpets and other fabrics, but you can also use it on other surfaces that are not water sensitive. 

Getting Pet Stains off of Linoleum

If your dog or cat has urinated on your linoleum tiles, it’s usually very obvious. The urine yellows the tile very quickly and you may worry that you’ll never be able to get it off. It takes several rounds of scrubbing with different chemicals, but you can get the urine stains off of your tile.

What You Will Need:

  • Vinegar solution consisting of 1 cup of vinegar, 2 tsps. of dishwashing detergent, and warm water in a large (gallon) bucket
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Water and baking soda paste (1 to 1 ratio)
  • Abrasive sponge
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Several cloths
  1. You’ll need to clean up the area first; the less particles on the floor the better. Sweep and mop the floor well before you start scrubbing the stained area.
  2. Take the vinegar solution and scrub the area with a soft bristle brush, and then rinse. If this doesn’t seem to do anything, go to step 3.
  3. Take the baking soda paste and spread it over the affected area, allowing it to sit for up to a half an hour. Then, take your abrasive sponge and scrub vigorously. Wipe dry with one of the cloths.
  4. Take another cloth, this one soaked with rubbing alcohol, and scrub the area vigorously. Allow it to air dry, and the stain should be gone. If this does not work, consult a professional floor cleaner for assistance in eliminating the pet stains on your tile.