Clean Cat Urine
Wipe the urine off the carpet or carpet with paper towels. Try to absorb as much of it as possible. This makes subsequent work easier. Use clean paper towels and apply some pressure. Repeat with new paper towels until you see that you can no longer absorb urine.
- Skip this step if the urine is already dry.
- Alternatively, you can use old cloth towels that you plan to throw away instead of paper ones. The thickness of regular towels allows for better absorption, so you can collect more liquid. If you have one that you can use, go for it white. When you see that it no longer turns yellow, you know that all the urine has been absorbed.
Use an enzymatic cleaner. This product contains special biological enzymes that break down the proteins present in urine, reducing or even completely eliminating odour.
- Note that some enzymatic cleaners may not work if you have previously used other chemicals to try to treat the stain. It is generally a good idea to try it first, saturating the area well. Follow the instructions on the product in detail, and let it dry for a few days. For the moment you don’t have to do anything else.
Make a vinegar solution. If the enzymatic cleaner hasn’t completely eliminated the odor, use a vinegar-based solution. Combine equal parts white vinegar and water by pouring them into a spray bottle or bowl. Soak or spray the soiled area. Also wet a little further than the affected area to make sure you get rid of any urine.
- If you have a black light (Wood’s lamp) or UV light available, you can see the glow of urine in the dark and pinpoint exactly the stained areas.
Rub the vinegar solution. Use a brush and scrub the vinegar and water mixture thoroughly until it is completely absorbed by the fabric. The vinegar neutralizes the ammonia smell of the cat’s urine.
Dry thoroughly. Again, use paper towels or a clean cloth to absorb as much vinegar as possible. Allow to air dry completely once the vinegar solution has been buffered and collected.
Disinfect hard surfaces. Wash the soiled area with a detergent that does not contain ammonia. Ammonia smells like dog and cat urine, so you would defeat your attempt. Clean the area with water. In a spray bottle, mix 10 parts of water with 1 of bleach. Put on rubber gloves and spray the solution on the dirty area. Let it sit for 30 seconds, then wipe it with a damp cloth.
- Be careful with bleach, as it may damage and discolor some materials.
Check for urine-stained clothing. In this case, add 60ml of apple cider vinegar to the detergent in your regular wash. If you still smell urine at the end, add some enzymatic cleaner to the next wash.
- Sometimes it may be necessary to dry clean clothing. If you just can’t get the smell or stain off a dress, just throw it away.
Deodorize the Area
Sprinkle baking soda on the stained area. This substance performs a cleansing action in a natural way, as well as absorbing odors and deodorising the environment.
Combine a small amount of hydrogen peroxide with dish soap. Mix 120ml of hydrogen peroxide with one teaspoon (5ml) of dish soap and spread it over the baking soda you previously spread.
- It is advisable to test this mixture on a hidden area beforehand, to verify that no permanent stains or halos form.
Use a brush to scrub the product. Wear rubber gloves if you can and wait for the baking soda mixed with hydrogen peroxide to form an active foam.
Dry the area and let the mixture dry.
Vacuum the area. Vacuuming the area removes both the urine particles and the bicarbonate solution. A wet vacuum (if you have one) is even more effective for this purpose, as the fabric is wet. Eventually you can use the normal vacuum cleaner; it just won’t be as effective as a wet vacuum.Vacuum the area. Vacuuming the area removes both the urine particles and the bicarbonate solution. A wet vacuum (if you have one) is even more effective for this purpose, as the fabric is wet. Eventually you can use the normal vacuum cleaner; it just won’t be as effective as a wet vacuum.
- For best results with a wet vacuum, put cold water in the tank and always follow the instructions for use for the specific model.For best results with a wet vacuum, put cold water in the tank and always follow the instructions for use for the specific model.
- Avoid steam cleaners, as excessive heat can fix the stain even more on the affected surface.
Reduce the Chances of Accidents
Retrain the cat. Make sure you never yell at him or punish him for urinating where he shouldn’t. Instead, take it quickly to the litter box. Have him go to his litter box every time and praise him when he uses it. This will reinforce a positive correlation between his urination and the litter box.
Change the litter box more often. Cats like it clean, just like humans like a clean bathroom. If you do not take care of its hygiene needs, the cat may be more easily tempted to urinate on the sofa or carpet.
- Keep the litter box in a quiet place that is not near where it eats. This increases the chances that it will be used correctly.
Consider having your cat neutered or spayed. Neutered cats do not feel the need to mark their territory with urine, and this can solve the problem upstream. Plus, you don’t run the risk of finding a litter of kittens that you need to litter box training!
Have your cat checked regularly by the vet. While these types of accidents can happen (especially if the pet is young – but also elderly), if you notice your pet urinating inappropriately, the underlying cause could be a medical problem. Contact your vet to investigate possible health reasons that lead the cat to litter outside the litter box. Ignoring a medical problem, such as a urinary tract infection, kidney disease or diabetes, could be life threatening for your pet.
- Be prepared for the possibility of accidents when you bring a new cat home. You will need to train him to use the litter box correctly and get used to cleaning the house regularly if he doesn’t use it, as well as finding proper medical care if his problem is due to an illness.
- Cats and dogs are able to smell smells that humans do not and return to the same area that was previously used to urinate. It is therefore strongly recommended to use enzymatic cleaners to remove the odor.
- If you are tired of constantly cleaning your cat’s dirty areas or worry that urine has soaked deeply into carpet or hardwood floors, contact a professional. It will definitely cost you more, but you will get more effective results.
- If you have particularly expensive carpet, upholstery, or curtains in your home, you should consult a professional to avoid irreversible damage to your furniture.