Although owning a cat can be a very rewarding experience, there will be ups and downs on the journey – and odors that result from cat urine are part of the downs!
Fortunately, cat urine removal doesn’t have to be a huge pain, since there are a number of ways to get rid of both the stain and the smell with little effort. Of course, you should also keep in mind that a cat who is urinating outside of his litter box with frequency may have a medical condition, and should be taken to see the veterinarian as soon as possible.
Although you’ll smell it long before you see it, you may have trouble determining the exact location of the spray. A black light will reveal cat urine easily.
How to Remove Cat Urine: Vinegar
1) White vinegar is an effective solution to cat urine removal, and it’s also both cost effective and environmentally friendly. Mix together a solution of one part distilled white vinegar with two parts lukewarm water, and pour this into a spray bottle. Using paper towel, mist the vinegar over the wall area with urine and rub it with your paper towel. For stained carpets, try keeping the solution in a bucket and using a cloth to rub the area.
2) Once the vinegar solution has dried, use clean warm water to wipe away both the stain and the solution.
How to Remove Cat Urine: Enzyme Cleaner
1) With carpets, it’s best to choose a cleaner that includes the word ‘enzyme’ on the front, or else it will not get rid of the awful odor that accompanies cat urine. Before using, blot the area with paper towels, and then press out as much liquid as you can with additional towels.
2) Cleanse the area with the enzyme cleaner, first testing a covered area of your upholstery to ensure that it won’t ruin your carpet. When you’re ready, saturate the urine area with cleaner and apply aluminum foil overtop to keep the area wet for as long as is recommended on the cleaner bottle.
3) Follow bottle directions for use after this step, as it may vary by brand.
How to Remove Cat Urine: Other Solutions
1) You might also make a spray solution of 15 ounces hydrogen peroxide, combined with two tablespoons of baking soda and a few squirts of bathroom liquid hand soap. Use a plastic spoon to mix this in a plastic bottle, and be sure to throw it away after use. Spray the solution onto the cat urine stain and rinse afterward using warm water.
2) Another method for cleaning upholstery or furniture is to blot the area first with paper towel, and sponge it off using cold water. After you’ve removed any excess moisture, use a solution of two cups warm water and one tablespoon of vinegar to clean the affected area. After this, apply your enzyme cleaner to remove the odor and any remaining stain.
What Not to Do
Don’t use carpet shampoo on a cat urine stain. If you’ve used enzyme cleaner to get rid of the stain or odor, let this do its job now and clean your carpets later – most detergents will counteract the effectiveness of enzymatic cleaner, so stay away from it until you’ve got the urine problem under control.
Don’t use cleaners that are ammonia-based. Ammonia has a scent that is quite similar to urine, and may actually draw the cat back to the same spot. Choose an enzymatic cleaner with a citrus smell, which cats detest.
Don’t steam clean your carpet. Think of it: urine, steam and heat mixed together – all it will do it make the smell even worse.
Windell H. Oskay, www.evilmadscientist.com -CreativeCommons Attribution