You get stuck in traffic and your dog can’t hold his bladder. Old kitty misses the cat box—again.  Puppy’s sensitive stomach reacts badly to the new kibble. Pets are wonderful, but pet stains aren’t. And where can most pet stains be found? On the carpet, of course.

Don’t worry. Fresh carpet stains are pretty easy to clean.

What you’ll need: paper towels, a damp sponge, an enzyme-based stain remover

1. Soak up as much of the urine, vomit or other nasty wet liquid as you can with paper towels, newspaper or a sponge. The fresher it is and the more you soak up, the easier it will be to remove the stain and odor.

2. Spray pet stain remover on the soiled area. Different products come with specific directions, but generally you should let the product sit on the stain for a few minutes.

3. Scrub or blot the stain with a damp paper towel or sponge. The idea is to get the stain to work it’s way out. You might have to repeat this step until you’re satisfied.

4. Dry and vacuum (optional) the soiled area.  When stains happen, the best thing to do is treat the area quickly, but let’s be real. You can’t always do that. So what’s the best way to clean a dry stain? Most pet stain removers can do the job, but you might try blotting the soiled area with a damp sponge first.

The some of the best products to use:

Resolve Pet Stain and Odor Carpet Remover | $3.98 at Walmart

Kids n’ Pets Instant All-Purpose Stain and Odor Remover | $4.98 at Walmart

Woolite Oxy Deep Carpet Stain and Odor Remover | $5.99 at Walgreens

Nature’s Miracle Advanced Stain and Odor Remover | $7.00 at PetSmart

By Deanna  Morono