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.