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How to Remove Pet Urine Stains From a Sisal Rug

Pet urine stains can be a problem no matter where they are. When you have pet urine stains, you must be careful in how you remove them from your sisal rug as the natural fibres can end up discoloured after improper stain removal. Follow a few simple techniques and use supplies found in most homes to remove pet urine stains from your sisal rug and restore it to its original condition.

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  1. Blot up as much of the pet urine stain as possible using cotton wool cloths. Press down with your hands to wick up as much moisture as you can. Switch to dry cloths and continue to blot until there's no more transfer of pet urine to the cotton cloth.

  2. Sprinkle baking soda liberally on the pet urine stain. Dry agents are best used for stain removal on sisal rugs as too much moisture causes discolouration. The baking soda will wick up any leftover urine and neutralise the smell. Allow the baking soda to sit for a few hours.

  3. Vacuum the baking soda up with a vacuum cleaner. Check your sisal rug to see if any stain remains.

  4. Mix 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of water in a bowl.

  5. Dip a clean cotton cloth into the solution and wring it out. Blot any remaining traces of pet urine with the cloth. This will remove the last remnants of the stain without putting too much moisture into the sisal's natural fibres. Follow by blotting with plain, cool water.

  6. Air dry your carpet, preferably outdoors but not in direct sunlight. If this isn't possible, place the sisal rug near an open window.

  7. Tip

    Tend to pet urine stains as quickly as possible so they don't have time to soak into the fibres of your sisal rug.


    Avoid using bleach or hydrogen peroxide to remove pet urine stains from sisal rugs as they will cause discolouration.

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Things You'll Need

  • Clean cotton cloths
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Liquid dish washing detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Bowl

About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.

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