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Cat Urine Cleaning Products - Cleaning Cat Urine from Carpets and Furniture

Updated on September 29, 2014

Getting cat urine out of your carpets and furniture is a tough job. The remaining odor that cats can leave is like no other, and can't be easily ignored, so here's a look at some ways to deal with it.

One thing to note, of course, is that the easiest way to get cat urine out of your things is to keep it from getting there in the first place. Cats naturally like to use their litter box, so be sure to keep it clean and available to them. You'll be glad you did.

Once you've got that cat urine smell in your carpets or furniture, you need to do a thorough job of getting it out, because when a territory has been "marked" or soiled, they will be more likely to do it again in the same spot.

Liquid Solution

First, any solution will call for the obvious first step of blotting up any urine that is on the surface and still wet. Use old rags or paper towels, and use a firm dab or pressing motion, don't use a scrubbing action as that can tend to send it deeper into the area and move it around even more.

WARNING - Some of these ideas may fade fabrics or carpets that are not color safe. Be sure to test for color fastness on a spot out of sight before you ruin your carpet or furniture.One of the more difficult tasks is actually making sure you have found the whole spot and once you try to remove the urine to be sure that you treated the whole affected area. It turns out that a black light is very effective in helping do this, and many are sold for this exact purpose. Use it with the other lighting in the area turned off, and this will help you make sure you've done the whole job.To be truly effective and not simply mask the odors, look for cleaners that have enzymes in them to actually break down the urine to remove the odor.

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Home Brew Urine Cleaning Solutions

There are a variety of ideas that have been popularized as ways to get cat urine out of your carpets and furniture. Here are a couple that are popular:

Mix three parts of water with one part of vinegar and saturate the spot. Dry the area by blotting again, and then sprinkle some baking soda in the area. Some times it's suggested that you follow this up with a mixture of diluted hydrogen peroxide and detergent, using a quarter cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of dish washing detergent, which you simply sprinkle over the area that still has the baking soda. Work it in with a small brush, and let dry. Afterwards remove it with the vacuum cleaner. Repeat as needed.

Commercial Cat Urine Cleaning Products

One of the problems with almost any cleaning approach, including the home brew methods, is that the urine is not just a surface problem. We are used to cleaning things by simply spraying a cleaner on the surface to be cleaned, rubbing a little, and wiping it off. This generally won't work with urine problems because the urine has penetrated either into the pad and subfloor of the carpet, or the cushions and padding of furniture. This all has to be neutralized, so you have to somehow get the cleaner as deep as the urine penetrated.

Probably the two most popular urine cleaning products are Urine Off and Anti Icky Poo, which admittedly is an odd name. Both have mostly positive reviews from the comments on Amazon, as with most of these things neither is 100%, but there are also some folks who are delighted with the results. Anti Icky Poo also comes in a starter kit that includes syringes to inject the cleaner into carpet padding or your furniture to get deep and get it all, if possible.


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      Melissa 6 years ago

      I really like Urine Away and Urine Off as commercial-grade cleaners. Both are natural enzymatic treatment products and both work quite well, particularly for heavy or repeated stains.

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      frameless shower screens 7 years ago

      What is the best way to clean my carpets on a budget?

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      abi1 8 years ago

      Hi, This is really a nice lot of information on a tricky subject. You have the home made recipe and the commercial products for getting rid of cat urine.

      Over the years I have used the vinegar/water and loads of bicarb for our clean up jobs. Now though I keep a handy supply of Anti Icky Poo - it is quick and effective.