Lifestyle Pets How the Experts Remove Pesky Pet Urine Stains from Carpet and Furniture The stain removal experts at Rainbow International share their simple solutions for cleaning up housebreaking accidents By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 26, 2018 02:10 PM Share Tweet Pin Email We love our pets, they are nearly perfect, but no creature is infallible. Sometimes our beloved fur babies make messes and have accidents. One of the most pesky problems to clean up is a housebreaking mistake. Cleaning up pet urine can be a frustrating and smelly job, but it doesn’t have to be. The experts at Rainbow International, a fire and water damage restoration company that also specializes in stain and mold removal, gave PEOPLE their simple tips for getting rid of pet urine messes without making a major mess yourself. Check out their recipe for making stains disappear below. Blot up as much as possible if still wet.Apply detergent solution, blot.Mix one teaspoonful of a colorless, mild detergent or dishwashing liquid in a cup of lukewarm water.Apply ammonia solution, blot.Mix one tablespoon of clear household ammonia with one-half cup of water.Apply vinegar solution, blot.Mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.If stain remains, apply rust remover or oxalic acid solution.Bleaching with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate might be necessary. Can’t get enough of cats, dogs and other furry friends? Click here to get the cutest pet news and photos delivered directly to your inbox. It is important to remember that some of the solutions mentioned above may cause permanent dye removal from fibers and can damage more fragile fabrics like silk, wool or nylon. Use with caution on dyed fibers and the aforementioned materials.