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Initial post: Apr 9, 2009 11:42:49 PM PDT
My dog had an "accident" (or several...diarrhea and vomit) on my freshly cleaned carpet and even after spending almost 2 hours cleaning it with Resolve carpet cleaner, there are still dark stains. I have heard there are cleaners with enzymes that "digest" the stain and get rid of all the smell. Has anyone tried any of these products and if so, which ones do you recommend?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2009 8:13:57 AM PDT
sslafter says:
Spot Shot! Go get it, it is wonderful!!!! Gets rid of residual stains. We use nothing else now.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2009 9:15:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 10, 2009 9:16:09 AM PDT
Heeder says:
Try Hydrogen Peroxide. It has worked wonders on the set in stains my dogs have left behind.

Posted on Apr 10, 2009 12:38:27 PM PDT
badeggsalad says:
The enzyme cleaners like Nature's Miracle will get rid of smells & the actual physical substance, i.e. urine, feces, vomit. They will break down the biological matter, but they may not get rid of the color or stain left behind. I use Nature's Miracle first to get rid of the physical gunk & smell & then SpotShot if needed if there's anything left. SpotShot truly works wonders.

For Nature's Miracle (all enzyme cleaners, actually) be sure to follow the directions on the label. There are some specific things you need to do for them to work most efficiently.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2009 7:14:17 PM PDT
C. Brouwer says:
I love Nature's Miracle, available at Petco. It also removes the smell as well as any stain. It is the only one that I need.

Posted on Apr 10, 2009 11:51:18 PM PDT
Saz says:
My husband and I LOVE 'Kids and Pets'. Works wonders on pet accidents of all kinds :)

Posted on Apr 11, 2009 11:49:19 AM PDT
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OldAmazonian says:
First thing is to test anything you plan to use, applying it to an inconspicuous spot on the carpet. Some "cleaners" will permanently clean the normal color right out of the carpet fibers. We have successfully used a home-made mixture of 1 pint hydrogen peroxide (the drugstore 3% variety) + 1 quart cool water + 1/4 tsp original Dawn dish detergent. We used a garden sprayer to apply it. To clean, soak the stain for a few minutes, scrub, extract with upholstery nozzle on a wet-dry ShopVac, repeat a time or two. To rinse, soak with cool water, extract, repeat a few times. Dry as quickly as possible with a fan so mildew won't start.
The peroxide + water + detergent mixture keeps for just a few days before the peroxide goes flat, so mix as needed and don't plan on storing gallons of the stuff.

Posted on Apr 12, 2009 12:08:26 PM PDT
teamMC says:
I use the bissel spot bot! It does all the work, and hasn't failed to clean any stain perfectly yet. After that a little nature's miracle for good measure and to clear out any smell that might be left over. good combo for us.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2009 4:56:02 PM PDT
Suzzy QQQ says:
Clorox OxyMagic (no bleach... it's color safe). I first used this after a friend spilled red wine on my white carpet on New Year's Eve. I waited till the next day to go to the store and get a product. It took it out with one application. I have since gotten a puppy... and it works wonders for accidents. (He recently went through a spell of diarrhea and vomiting too.) I also swear by PureAyre for getting rid of smells. It's expensive... but works AMAZING!!! Spray this into the carpet and the backing to be permanently rid of the smells. (I work in a morgue... and this is what we use to help with the smell. It's definitely worth the price!!)

Posted on Apr 12, 2009 9:53:25 PM PDT
Chad A. says:
Dog Fancy editors rated GET SERiOUS! ""Best Product of the Year 2004"" based on the product being the most innovative and easy for pet owners to use. GET SERiOUS! was also awarded ""Best Product for the New Millennium"" from Dog World magazine in January 2000. And, Get Serious was the second product ever endorsed by the ASPCA when they first started their ""Seal of Approval"" endorsement program.

Posted on Apr 13, 2009 5:18:46 PM PDT
L. Kindler says:
ATX's Odor Kill & Stain Remover from It's an enzyme cleaner, completely safe for pets and economical too. It really works. My daughter had vomited in her room on the carpet leaving a huge stain. I tried everything from cleaners, to carpet steaming without any good result. I purchased the ATX online, mixed it up as directed then applied it to the area. Once dried I reapplied as needed to completely remove the odor. Boy was it worth it's weight in gold.

Posted on Apr 15, 2009 11:14:15 PM PDT
SPOT SHOT! Hasn't failed me yet and takes the stains out instantly. Don't waste your money on that enzyme crap either. It's a scam.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2009 6:50:45 PM PDT
Hazelblue says:
The VERY best carpet cleaner on the market for animal stains is called The Equalizer. I have used it many, many times and it works every single time. It can be viewed or purchased here:

Posted on Apr 17, 2009 7:18:57 AM PDT
Lola says:
Try Folex. It works great

Posted on Apr 17, 2009 11:07:58 AM PDT
Teresa says:
Oxyclean spray! With my indoor dog, I could not live without it.

Posted on Apr 17, 2009 11:33:10 AM PDT
K. Vaughan says:
I found TECH Stain Remover to be a fairly amazing product. I have even used it very diluted to get ink pen off a white puppy coat two days prior to showing ( thank you!). I have used it to get out blood from a white running jacket ( I fell over the dogs) . We have used it and prefer to dilute it on a Ushak carpet for blood and whatever kids and dogs will bring into the house. Nice stuff- not smelly and I have used it to blot up old ( and new) urine stains and odor that wouldn't release from the rugs. Very gentle , but effective product.

Posted on Apr 18, 2009 12:56:51 AM PDT
A. Steiner says:
THE cheapest and BEST stain and odor remover that I found is simply baking soda & water! Take a bowl and add baking soda add water to make a thick paste. Rub in to stain (I usually use a spoon) and let it sit over night. The next day, take a cloth and rub the baking soda out. It usually works better to use a dry cloth first. It works amazingly well, I have used it for blood stains, coffee stains, and dog messes on my carpet. And since baking soda is cheap compared to other products, it's definately worth a try!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2009 7:18:05 PM PDT
My husband and I use Basic H. It won't hurt your pets and it is biodegradable.

Posted on Jul 18, 2009 12:46:09 AM PDT
KK says:
If youre in a pinch natures miracle from any pet store works well enough, defintely removes the smell and after some dabbing and scrubbing no more stain.

Posted on Jul 18, 2009 12:15:15 PM PDT
I have used Nature's Miracle many times. It does remove the odor, but not necessarily a really tough stain. For really bad stains I have successfully used Folex, which is available in grocery stores. The spots are almost always totally gone. My other hint is to buy rugs with patterns and colors that match the color of throw up. That has helped a lot!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2009 7:16:44 AM PDT
C. Wilson says:
Ha Ha! I thought I was the only person who prefers patterned rugs for this very reason! They don't vomit but they do track in dust and grit. Hard to avoid with 16 paws, at minimum, coming in and out.

Posted on Jul 23, 2009 9:45:40 AM PDT
4terriers says:
I use club soda. Just pour it on the stain, then remove it with a wet/dry vac. It removed an afterbirth my dog had on my white carpet. If I have a really stubborn stain, I do use a cleaner such as spot shot, but then rinse it with the club soda. Leaving soap on your carpet attracts dirt.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2009 8:23:57 AM PDT
D. Jackson says:
I have had many pups in my life and also have been a breeder in the past. The best I have found over several years, including right now as we just bought a shima pup that is 9 weeks old. Of course she is having a few accidents and the only thing I use is NATURE'S MIRACLE. It works wonderfully as far as we are concerned. Many years have proven this for us. I must admit, we have never tried the spot shot though. Hope this helps. D. Jackson Spokane, Wa.

Posted on Jul 28, 2009 10:40:34 PM PDT
L. Burr says:
Zero Odor is probably the best Odor Remover out there (I've tried them all!). To remove stains, Spot Shot works wonders, as does Get Serious. Oxyclean diluted in hot water also works extremely well. I've never been too impressed by Nature's Miracle.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2009 12:01:57 PM PDT
The very best carpet stain remover I have used is the one sold by Stanley Steemer--it works beautifully.

C Barnes
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