The stain removal experts at Rainbow International share their simple solutions for cleaning up housebreaking accidents.

cocker spaniel sitting by wet spot on carpet
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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 formula for making stains disappear:

  1. Blot up as much as possible if still wet.
  2. Mix one teaspoonful of a colorless, mild detergent or dishwashing liquid in a cup of lukewarm water. Apply detergent solution, blot.
  3. Mix one tablespoon of clear household ammonia with one-half cup of water. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  4. Mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  5. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.
  6. If stain remains, apply rust remover or oxalic acid solution.
  7. Bleaching with 3-5 percent hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate might be necessary.

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.

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