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Dealing with pet stains and smells

1001 have been cleaning the nation’s carpets for more than 60 years. So, as one of our National Pet Month partners, we asked 1001 for some useful hints and tips when dealing with pet stains in the home. Keep reading for useful advice on how you deal with pet stains on your carpets and rugs.

The RSPCA estimates suggest there are 20 million cats and dogs in the UK. Add in rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, lizards and snakes and it’s clear that Britain is a nation of pet lovers!

Whilst you love your pets, sometimes they don’t love your carpet. Whether it’s muddy paws or a little accident, our furry friends can often leave your floor a bit of a mess. So, here’s our guide to dealing with all types of pet stains in your home.

5 steps to getting pet stains out of your carpet

1. Blot excess liquid

Your first step is to blot the stain to absorb any excess liquid (particularly if you’re cleaning up your pet’s little accident!)

It’s always recommended that you use rubber gloves when tackling pet stains. Use a cloth or kitchen roll to absorb as much of the liquid as you can.

2. Apply 1001 Pet Stain Remover

1001 Pet Stain Remover has a unique, pet specific formula that is designed to deal with accidents caused by your four-legged friends. It’s pet-friendly and, as it’s never been tested on animals, it’s completely cruelty-free.

Once you have blotted the liquid, spray 1001 Pet Stain Remover and wait for up to 5 minutes. Then, massage the product into the stained area using a cloth.

3. Repeat/remove excess dirt and foam

Once you have applied 1001 Pet Stain Remover to the stain and massaged it into the area, you should remove any excess dirt or foam with a dry cloth.

Repeat the process if required, and then wait for the area to dry.

4. Vacuum

Once the area of treated carpet or rug is dry, vacuum the area.

5. Go the extra mile by freshening your carpet

Once your carpet is dry and clean, go the extra mile by spraying 1001 Carpet Fresh Pet. The quick-drying foam works into the fibres, neutralising bad smells and leaving your room smelling naturally fresh.

Remember to always test a hidden area for colour fastness, and don’t use 1001 Pet Stain Remover on ‘velvet’ type materials, brocade, rayon or those unsuitable for wet cleaning. Don’t use 1001 Carpet Fresh Pet near birds.

Want more tips and advice?

You’ll find loads more hints and tips on the 1001 website. Whatever your question, just click ‘Ask Lisa’ on the website and you’ll find the answers you need.

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For media information, images or to speak to a spokesperson about National Pet Month please contact Taz Thornton or Asha Clearwater at Turquoise Tiger on +44 (0)7920 461 044 or email

Please note we have access to a range of spokespeople via our coordinators, sponsors and most animal welfare organisations and charities who get involved with NPM.

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