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Best Carpet Cleaning Solutions for Pet Stains

Colt is a gamer by day and a writer by night. He is also the owner of three cats and an aging chihuahua.

Pets and carpets do not often go well together.

Pets and carpets do not often go well together.

Pets Can Be a Hassle!

Cleaning up after your pets is an unavoidable chore. If your beloved pet decides to urinate, poop, or vomit on your carpet, getting rid of the stain can be a nightmare.

We believe in using natural, organic, and environmentally friendly products to deal with those pesky stains (since chemicals can harm our pets). Greener products can be just as effective as other commercial alternatives—if not more effective, in some cases. In this article, we'll explore some of the best carpet cleaners and odor removers for pet stains.

Eco-Friendly Products for Pet Stains

  • Enzyme Cleaners
  • Baking Soda
  • Biokleen Carpet and Rug Shampoo
  • Better Life Natural Stain and Odor Eliminator
  • Bubbas Super Steamer Carpet Cleaner

Why Enzyme Cleaners Are the Best for Dog and Cat Urine

If you are looking for the best carpet cleaner for pet urine, an enzyme cleaner (or "enzymatic cleaner") would probably be one of the best methods. An enzyme cleaner contains enzymes that will break down the components of pet urine into gases that evaporate for good.

As you may know by now, cat urine is exceptionally foul-smelling and incredibly tough to get rid of. Untreated cat urine has a half-life of up to six years due to the presence of uric acid (similar to the urine of humans and other animals such as dogs) and other chemical components.

Pet urine on carpets is even worse, as the pee may "set" in further, causing the odor to linger for a long period of time.

It is important that pet urine is eliminated as soon as possible before it spreads and sets in, causing further "damage" to the carpet.

It is important that pet urine is eliminated as soon as possible before it spreads and sets in, causing further "damage" to the carpet.

As pet urine consists of many compounds including different kinds of bacteria, a good enzyme cleaner will be required to break it down. Any homemade product or normal cleaning agent would probably not work as well and might even worsen the condition.

How to Use the Enzymatic Cleaner

You should not be stingy with your enzyme cleaner. Instead, use as much as you can on the affected area, letting it sit for at least 15 minutes to do its work breaking down the urine and destroying its chemical components. It is always best to follow instructions on the cleaner you bought.

One top-rated bioenzymatic cleaner I will personally recommend is the one by Sunny and Honey which works beyond carpets (practically on any surface and even for car seat upholstery).

Arm and Hammer Baking Soda (With or Without Vinegar)

One of the very best cleaning agents that I recommend for carpet cleaning is
baking soda. You have probably seen this branded orange box sometime in your
life but you may not be aware of its multitude of uses in the household. Baking soda is sometimes known as sodium bicarbonate and it is an environmentally friendly product that has persisted for ages. It is very effective at cleaning and deodorizing your pet-stained carpets. It has been a trusted and popular cleaning agent for generations not without justification.

Baking soda is not only inexpensive but also very easy to use as a carpet
cleaning solution. You can just apply it to your carpet and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes (longer with repeated applications if it is an old pet stain). You can then easily brush and vacuum it away, enjoying a cleaner and bacteria-free carpet. If required, you can also mix in some vinegar or scented oil to increase its cleaning effectiveness for more stubborn stains and/or odors. Vinegar is acidic (with a pH value of around 2-3) in nature and acts as an excellent disinfectant. I would recommend using undiluted white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.

Biokleen Carpet and Rug Shampoo

I always try to recommend products that are made by Biokleen. Biokleen is founded by two family-oriented pet owners who take pride in their clean and green products. The company specializes and excels in natural, nontoxic cleaning solutions.

The Biokleen Carpet and Rug Shampoo is an excellent cleaning solution for getting rid of stubborn pet stains to leave your carpet in a refreshed condition. The shampoo is safe to use on almost all types of carpet fibers (nylon, wool, polyester, and even the rarer synthetic olefin). The cleaning solution is highly concentrated which makes it even more environmentally friendly and long-lasting (you only need to use a tiny cap-full per use).

A common complaint of powerful and concentrated cleaning agents is their tendency to leave behind unwanted residues. The leftover residues can be harmful to pets and children. This is not a problem with this product as the only thing it leaves behind is a fresh scent and softer carpet.

I highly recommend this shampoo cleaner for almost any type of carpet, especially if you are chemically sensitive or have very young children and pets. This cleaning solution is akin to much more expensive commercial-grade products, effective, and most importantly, it is non-toxic.

Better Life Natural Stain and Odor Eliminator (Plant Based)

Better Life is a company that excels at making green, safe and environmentally friendly cleaning products that are powerful at the same time. This exceptional combination of plant based extracts (Eucalyptus & Lemongrass scented) is effective at removing stains and odors from your carpets. It is definitely safe to use with pets and kids as it is non-toxic.

As it comes with a spray attachment, you can easily spray the solution directly on the affected area and then blot it with a wet towel (do not rub) as per the instructions. It is effective at dealing with tougher stains such as pet urine and hairball residues. This is always my go-to stain remover and odor reducer due to its safety and ease of use.

The subtle but not overpowering scent and non-toxic cleaning action makes this solution one of my top and greenest recommendations for pet stains' removal. On a side note, their detergent product line is pretty awesome (and equally green) too!

Worthy Mention: Bubbas Super Steamer Carpet Cleaner

If you have a branded carpet shampooer or cleaner machine such as those from Bissell, Hoover, Kärcher, etc., it might be worth checking out the Bubbas Super Steamer Carpet Cleaner. My friend has a 14-year-old cat who has some urinary issues and is no longer able to hold his bladder well. She swears by this cleaner as she no longer has to call in the carpet cleaning company every so often. For much smaller stains, she'll just use an old spray bottle and a brush to clean up the residue instead of lugging out the carpet machine.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Geronimo Colt