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Professional Tips for Removing Pet Urine Stains with Vinegar

You really do love your pet but you hate those accidents.

They happen to all pet owners some times though. Keep that in mind when you are trying to scrub the stain from your expensive rug! In all seriousness, you need to do what you can to get rid of these stains because they will discolor your rug, cause an unhealthy living area for you and your family and they will cause your pet to have accidents over and over again. Let’s not forget about the awful odor that they will leave your home with either.

So, what do you do?

There are many things that you need to do when it comes to pet stains. What you should not do is let the stain set. The faster that you get to it the better result you will have.

The other rule of thumb is to not scrub the stain but to blot them out. Scrubbing is an action that causes the stain to set even deeper as well as ruining your carpet. Blotting will allow the liquid to be absorbed into the clean cloth and will not fray your carpet fibers.


  • Treat pet stains with bio chemical products if you have them on hand. They work because they actually break down the bacteria that are found in urine that cause odor.
  • If the pet has his accident and you are right there, work quickly. Grab absorbent terry cloths or other materials and blot the stain. Absorb as much of it as you can in this manner by applying just a bit of pressure to the area and then flipping the towel to a clean area.
  • Do not ammonia on your stains. Your pet will smell this in the carpeting and think that it is urine. Guess what? He will urinate there again and again because it is his natural reaction to urinate where it smells of urine.

The Process of Removing Pet Stains with Vinegar

Here are some basic steps to follow to remove pet stains that you can always fall back on to use.

  1. Time is essential. Get to the stain as quickly as you can. When you do this, you are able to get most of the liquid out of the carpet or off the flooring before it sets into it. Get clean, white paper towels and absorb as much of the mess from the carpet as possible. Liquid should be blotted out of the carpet until you can not get any more liquid out. Blot the spot- Never scrub.
  2. Dilute vinegar in a bottle 50/50 with warm water. Spray this onto the stain and continue blotting to remove any remaining stain. When you have sprayed and blotted up all the stain, allow it to dry completely. The vinegar is a natural deodorizer and antibacterial and antifungal.
  3. Your spot should be gone and it should not smell one bit. If you want to be doubly sure, you can sprinkle a bit of baking soda onto the dry carpet and vacuum over the spot. Baking soda is another excellent natural deodorizer.

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