Sometimes those pets that we love so much have accidents in our apartments. And when that happens, panic mode sets in: How do I remove pet stains? Do we even have pet odor and stain remover in the apartment? Is my couch going to be ruined forever? Am I going to have to pay to replace the carpet? If this thought process sounds familiar, take a deep breath and read through our handy tricks for getting rid of pet stains and odor. The sooner the crisis is averted and mess is cleaned up, the sooner you can go back to cuddling with your furry friend.

If it’s on the Carpet

If the stain is new (i.e. still wet), soak up as much of the urine as possible. The best thing to use is a combination of newspaper and paper towels–anything that you’re willing to throw away. The more you are able to remove, the less the odor will linger. Next, pour enough vinegar over the affected area to soak the stain, followed by a sprinkling of baking soda. Your concoction will need to sit for a day or two, so cover the spot with a plate or bowl to prevent anyone from stepping on it. After enough time has gone by, sweep everything up and run a vacuum over the area. Voila! No more stain and no lingering odor.

If it’s in the Wood

This may be a bit trickier. If your pet has had an accident on your hardwood floors, the urine may sink into the wood, which can make it difficult to get rid of the resulting odor. To combat the smell, combine a mixture of three parts water and one part white vinegar into a bucket. Give the affected area a good scrub, and open your windows to let the fumes escape. You can also stir baking soda into your mixture and scrub the resulting paste onto the stain. Let it sit for several hours, then rinse with water.

If it’s on Your Furniture

If the pet stain on your upholstery resulted from a bathroom accident, begin blotting immediately. If you don’t take care of the situation quickly, you may end up with a nasty stain on your favorite couch. Scrape any solids off the affected area if need be. Then, spray the stain with water and blot with paper towel. Repeat this a few times before adding two parts vinegar to every one one part water in your spray bottle and repeating the process.