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How to Remove Pet Odors: Remove Cat Urine from Carpet

Updated on August 5, 2013
Cute, until it pees on the carpet.
Cute, until it pees on the carpet. | Source

Removing cat urine from your carpet and carpet padding can be difficult. With some hard work and determination, you can get rid of the odors.

Properly cleaning urine from the carpet involves more than deep cleaning with a carpet shampooer. You will nee to remove the carpet and carpet padding all together. You can save the carpet though, so do not fret.

Cleaning cat urine and dog urine from your carpet.

Remove your furniture and all other items sitting on the carpet.

Carefully lift the carpet and roll it up as you go.

Now, remove the carpet padding. It is best to dispose of the padding and start with new padding. Padding is hard to clean and will probably be broken up anyway.

Roll the carpet out on the lawn or over a clothesline. It needs to be stretched out completely to fully clean it.

Soak the carpet with a water hose until it is dripping wet.


Mix a solution of strong vinegar and water. You can use straight vinegar if you wish. Soak the entire carpet with this solution, not just the bad parts. Allow the vinegar to sit for several hours before rinsing with clean water.

If spots remain, use a good detergent to wash the affected areas.

Remove all Traces of Detergent and Vinegar

Remove all traces of vinegar and soap with the water hose. Soap and vinegar will attract and hold dirt in the future.

Allow the carpet to air dry, in the sun until dry. The sun is good for destroying odors and allergens.

Make sure your carpet is sun fast and the cleaners you use will not discolor and harm the fibers.

Clean the floor.

Before replacing the carpet, scrub the floor with soapy water. You must allow this to dry before placing the carpet back on the floor.

You can add a layer of salt to freshly cleaned spots. It will draw moisture out of the floor. Make sure to vacuum the salt thoroughly before replacing the carpet.

One of the best ways to remove soaked-in urine odors is to allow the floor to dry fully and then seal it with a good-quality floor sealant. Allow this sealant to thoroughly cure/dry before adding the carpet back down.

I apply a thick layer of salt to the offending areas to help draw liquid from the fibers of the carpet and the wood floor. It hasn't harmed my floors but you may want to test a small area before using salt.


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