Cat Urine Cleaning

Cat urine cleaning is never something that's on anybody's to-do list. Not only is it time consuming but it can also be very difficult to actually get the smell out of whatever surface you’re cleaning. Cat urine tends to be very absorbent, more so than dog urine because they have much more protein in their diets. It is also extremely pungent and can leave an awful lingering smell that seems to follow you around wherever you go.

So what do you do if your cats had an accident or if he’s sprayed your house while trying to mark his territory?You may have already been scrubbing and scrubbing to remove the odour with limited results but there ARE a few things you can do, depending on where the cat stain is.

Try out the tips listed below, but if you are still having trouble getting rid of the odour try out the ideas in this ebook: 18 Ways To Stop Cat Urine Odor. They have some very useful tips that could be just what you need.

Cat Urine Cleaning - Your Carpet

First, use a clean white cloth to blot up as much urine as you can. Do NOT rub it in, just press down firmly for about 30 seconds. It’s best to do this as quickly as possible after your cat has urinated because fresh stains are easier to clean up and remove. This will also limit the absorption of the urine into your carpet.

Next, remove the cloth and repeat the process until the area is dry. You should then rinse the area with cool water. Finally, take a dry cloth and blot up any excess water. Once this is done there are a few things you can do to get rid of the smell:

Use baking soda to remove any unwanted odours

This will not be sufficient for any deeply penetrated stains but may be effective if you have dealt with the 'accident' before it has had time to soak in too much.

  • Wet the area and sprinkle on some little baking soda
  • Rub into the area and let it dry.
  • After it has dried, use a brush or vacuum to remove it.

Use a white vinegar solution

  • Mix 1 qt warm water with 1/2 cup of white vinegar, and put it on the stain.
  • Put towels down on top of the stain and put pressure on it.
  • Place something heavy on top of it to keep the towels in place. Leave it for a few hours.
  • Remove the towels, and using a brush, raise up the carpet to rub underneath.

Important tip: 

Before using this white vinegar solution, always test it on a hidden area to make sure it doesn't leave any unwanted stains or cause any damage to your carpet.

You may want to consider using an extractor, or wet vac, for any old and heavy stains you have. You can rent these from a hardware store. If you do decide to use one, use water in it instead of using chemicals.

Something else you can try is to add several drops of Listerine to the water and white vinegar solution. This will help with removing the odour.

Try using this baking soda mixture

You will need baking soda, 3% hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, dishwashing detergent (not the kind used in a dishwasher)

  • First blot the area that is being treated.
  • Next wet the area with 50% white vinegar and 50% water. Allow this to dry, blotting it with towels if needed.
  • Apply a lot of baking soda and put 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide mix in a teaspoon dish detergent.
  • Work it in with your fingers, or soft bristled brush. If you’re using your fingers, be sure to wear gloves.
  • Allow to dry, then vacuum.

Never use ammonia products, because a cat's urine contains ammonia, and it is what encourages them to go in the same area again – the last thing you want is to find a puddle in the same place each day and have to repeat the process on a daily basis!

If you don't have any hydrogen peroxide in house you can try using a spray-on laundry stain remover. If the label has "Oxy" somewhere on it, you can use it instead.

Cat Urine Cleaning - Your Furniture

Many cats love to do their business on your best furniture, and if it is not cleaned properly they may do it over and over again. There are some tips that can help you to deal with this:

  • Using a white cloth or paper towels, blot the stained area with hard pressure.
  • If you use any type of solvents do not put them directly on the stain. Instead, pour them over your cloth.
  • Use circular motions to clean the stain.
  • Dry immediately with a hair dryer, using the cool setting.
  • Rub the stain gently using a brush with soft bristles.

Cat Urine Cleaning - Your Hardwood Floors

If your cat has urinated on your hardwood floors, you need to remove it as soon possible. A cat's urine can end up rotting your wooden floors. To prevent a situation where you may have to replace your floors, try these tips:

  • Remove any urine from the floor by blotting the area with clean towel.
  • Wash the area a few times with white vinegar.
  • Rinse with warm water, and blot with paper towels.
  • Use a specialized stain and odour remover, or an enzyme cleaner.

Another helpful tip: Before putting this on your hardwood, remember to test it on a small, hidden area. If it's an old stain and it won't come up, try to sand your hardwood down and than reseal it.

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