How to get pet urine stains out of your carpet

Few things will make you go "awww" more than a sweet little puppy. And, while a new pet is a wonderful thing, their little accidents while potty training can leave your carpet sprinkled with stains and stinking of...well, you know. Here's how to clean pet urine stains out of your carpet.

Step 1: Don't tempt your four-legged friend

Whatever you do, don't try to clean pet urine stains out of your carpet with an ammonia-based cleaning product. Dogs' urine contains ammonia, so Fido may confuse the product's smell with his own scent and be tempted to return to that spot on his next potty break.

Step 2: Dry it out

If the stain is fresh, blot the area with paper towels to soak up as much of the excess urine as possible. If you have a shop vac or a wet/dry vacuum, use that to remove any excess liquid.

Step 3: Mix it up

Next, mix a solution of equal parts water and white household vinegar. Pour a generous amount onto the stain and work the product into the carpet fibers with a scrub brush. Blot the area again with fresh, dry paper towels, or use the wet/dry vacuum.

Avoiding Red Wine Stains

We've been in settings where we've seen wine being spilt on a carpet. Sometimes it may have even our own carpets as a dinner guest swayed a bit too fluidly to the music while holding his glass. Those carpet disasters are always bound to happen. The question is what can be done to limit their damage to your carpet. Here are some tips for red wine spills.

Probably the best emergency response is to use white wine. When the red wine spills, pour white wine over it. It will neutralize the red wine and will make it easier to lift the color off the carpet. Pour the white wine over the stain and gently blot the liquid up with a thick towel. Do not rub the stain as it'll spread the color across the carpet. Once the majority of the stain is blotted up, take a clothing stain remover or preferably a carpet shampoo and clean the stain just as you would any regular dirt stain.

An alternative to using white wine to lift the colour off the carpet is to use club soda which should have the same effect. Salt also can help by soaking up the stain before the fabric has saturated. Keep in mind that when the wine spills, you must act immediately. Any delay will make it harder to remove the wine stains. Applying vinegar (mixed in water) before blotting can also help.