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How To Prevent and Fix Pet Damage To Carpets & Rugs

By June 15, 2022No Comments

We all love our pets, no matter how smelly they are. Sometimes, we get so used to how they smell that we don’t even notice it any longer. Have you ever noticed that pet odors coming from carpet, rugs, and upholstery in a home tend to be more noticeable in someone else’s home? You may become nose blind to certain odors in your home because you’re around them so often. We don’t want anyone thinking this way about your home, so let’s chat about the best ways to remove different kinds of pet odors. We’ll also discuss the proper ways to get out certain pet related stains, the best carpet for pets, and how to prevent future damage.

How to remove dog odor from carpet?

One of the most common questions we get from customers is “How do I get rid of dog smell?” If you’re looking to do this on your own, here’s a quick solution you can try at home:

  • Make an odor neutralizing spray that consists of 1 tbs. of white vinegar with two cups of water. It’s best to use a spray bottle that has a fine mist, and make sure to shake well before using. Spritz the air, your carpet, and any water safe upholstery that you have.

The correct way to treat pet odors is by sanitizing the carpet with an all-natural product. The ingredients used to make professional carpet sanitizing products will lower the bacterial activity so the odor will lessen and become undetectable.

How do you get pet urine stains and odors out of carpet?

There are a couple of DIY options you can try first. Just remember that most DIY and store bought cleaners only reach surface stains.

Enzymatic Cleaner

  • Blot up the contaminated spot as much as possible.
  • Saturate the spot with an enzymatic stain and odor remover by applying liberally to the area. The enzyme based product will break down bacteria building up and neutralize the odors coming from your carpet.
  • Use paper towels soak up about 80% of the enzymatic stain and odor remover leaving the carpet and pad damp but not soaking wet.
  • Let sit for 48 hours and vacuum when dry.
  • Sprinkle baking soda over the clean area to absorb any possible leftover moisture.
  • If there is still a persistent smell coming from your carpet, repeat steps 2 and 3.

Vinegar & Baking Soda

  • Blot up the contaminated area as much as possible with a paper towel or white rag.
  • Mix together 2 parts white vinegar and 2 parts water.
  • Sprinkle baking soda over the spot and spray the solution on top of the area. The area should fizz – this means the solution is actively eating away at the stain/odor.
  • Let the solution sit for a few minutes, then blot up the area thoroughly by pressing down on the spot until you get all the moisture out. Do not rub the stain, just press firmly and let dry.

Remember: DIY methods or store bought cleaners only reach the surface. Contact a professional like Sunrise Restoration and Cleaning for rougher stains that go under the surface!

How do I get dog poop stain out of carpet?

Solid Poop

  • Pick up feces with a bag or paper towel.
  • Spray the area with a disinfecting spray and blot dry with paper towel or white rag.
  • Run over the area with a vacuum to remove any tiny particles.


  • Place a large bowl over the contaminated area and wait for it to dry. Once it dries, it will be easier to clean up and won’t smudge around, making it worse. The bowl will help minimize the odor.
  • Remove any excess waste you can by scooping with whatever works better for you. We suggest a paper towel, a shovel, a bag, or by hand with latex gloves on. Try your best not to push the stain deeper into the carpet.
  • Use a fork to scrape up any remaining dried feces. Be careful not to damage any of your carpet fibers by pulling them up.
  • Run over the area with a vacuum to get up the lingering particles left in your carpet.
  • Create a vinegar/water solution and pour it over the area. Blot up the excess liquid with a paper towel.
  • Add more of the vinegar solution to the area if the stain is still noticeable and continue blotting.
  • Sprinkle baking soda over the area to help remove the odor. Let the baking soda sit for at least 2-3 hours.
  • Vacuum the area once again.
  • Lastly, spritz a disinfecting spray. Ex: Lysol (to kill any remaining bacteria)

If all else fails, give us a call at 208-529-4762.

How to prevent and fix pet damage to carpets and rugs?

We understand that carpets and rugs are often an investment and highly valued by their owners. Because of that, most rug and carpet repairs should be handled by a professional. It happens to all of us, pets sometimes mistake rugs for chew toys and can create rips, tears, and chew marks on them. Sunrise Restoration and Cleaning has an incredible repair department which can assess your damaged rugs and provide you with options in how we can fix them. Give us a call, we’d be happy to help you out.