How to remove pet stains and odors from floors

How to remove pet stains and odors from floors

As cute and loveable as they are, our pets can leave some pretty unsightly stains and scents on our floors when they answer nature’s call.  Every fur parent knows that pet stains are some of the most stubborn blemishes to ever haunt carpets and hardwood floors.

So, to give you a proper chance to remove these odorous stains, we’ve prepared a guide detailing stain removal procedures for various floor types.  

As a little bonus, we’ll also provide helpful links to housekeeping, carpet experts, upholstery services, pet products, and other related topics.

Tips for Cleaning Pet Stains and Removing Odors

Tips for Cleaning Pet Stains and Removing Odors

Different floors react in unique ways to pet urine and other bodily fluids.  This means that stain- and odor-removing procedures will usually vary depending on your specific flooring.

Hardwood Floors

Pet urine contains various alkaline components that discolor and strip away the polyurethane coating on most wood floors.  This leads to the all-too-familiar musky dark spot that you see after the urine has dried up.  

While there are many methods to clean hardwood floors, we’ve found that a hydrogen peroxide mixture is often the cheapest and most effective solution.  This involves soaking a rag in a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water and then draping it over the affected area.

After letting the rag sit for several hours we’d recommend finishing things up by rubbing in a small amount of baking soda solution to neutralize any leftover odors.  Now, while this method is extremely effective at removing stains and smells, it can actually lead to light discoloration.

Because of this, you may need to have your flooring refinished to make sure everything matches up evenly.


Although the process for carpets is quite similar, there are subtle nuances that differ from hardwood floor cleaning methods.  For starters, you can swap out your hydrogen peroxide for standard vinegar as the former tends to be a bit too harsh on most carpet dyes.

For new stains, mix one cup of vinegar with 2 teaspoons of baking soda in a spray bottle and cover the stained area in the solution.  Let it sit for a couple of minutes and blot until the stain has been removed.

Older stains are considerably tougher as they’ve had more time to really settle into your carpet fibers.  If you want to effectively clean these stains, you’ll need to use either an enzymatic cleaner or a Rug Doctor machine to deep clean your carpet fibers.

If you can’t spare the time to scrub away at your floors, always remember: there are plenty of cleaning professionals who can do a bang-up job for a reasonable fee.  To get the most out of your cleaners be sure to look over your carpets and notify them of particularly stained areas. 

We hope these methods can be of some use if you ever find yourself faced with a particularly serious pet stain.  In the meantime, however, we’d recommend tucking this article away in your bookmarks for future reference.