Few things are worse than the lingering smell of cat urine. This stubborn problem requires detailed cleaning and a few good habits. Make sure you have the necessary supplies on hand and always be prepared for any surprises your cat has in store for you. Thus, read in this article how to get rid of cat urine smell.
Blot the urine on your carpet with paper towels. Try to remove as much of the urine as possible. This will ultimately make your job easier. Use clean paper towels and apply pressure. Repeat with new paper towels until you are unable to soak up any more urine.
Use an enzymatic cleaner. Enzymatic cleaners, like Nature’s Miracle, contain special biological enzymes that break down the proteins in urine, reducing or even completely eliminating the smell. Note that some enzymatic cleaners may not work if other chemicals were used beforehand to try to treat the stain. It is generally a good idea to try the enzymatic cleaner first, and saturate the area well. Follow the manufacturer’s directions closely and allow to dry for several days. You may not have to do anything else.
Mix up a vinegar solution. If an enzyme cleaner didn’t completely remove the smell, use a vinegar solution. Combine equal parts of white vinegar and water in a bowl or spray bottle. Saturate or spray the soiled area. Saturate a little bit beyond the soiled area so you can be sure to remove all urine. If you have a black light or UV light at your disposal, you can see the urine glow in the dark and find the exact location of the urine spot.
Scrub the vinegar solution into the soiled area. Use a bristle brush and thoroughly rub the vinegar/water mixture until the area is completely soaked. The vinegar will neutralize the ammonia smell in your cat’s urine.
Dry the area thoroughly. Again, use paper towels or a clean rag to blot up as much vinegar solution as possible. Let the area air dry completely after you’ve blotted it.
Disinfect hard surfaces. Wash the soiled area with a household cleaner that does not contain ammonia. Ammonia smells like urine to dogs and cats. Wipe the area clean with water. In a spray bottle, mix 10 parts water to 1 part bleach. Put on rubber gloves and spray the soiled area. Let the bleach sit for 30 seconds, then clean the soiled area with a damp cloth.
Sprinkle baking soda over the area. Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a natural cleaner as well as an odor-absorber and deodorant.
Mix a small amount of hydrogen peroxide and mild dish detergent together. Mix 1/2 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with one teaspoon (5 ml) of dish detergent and spread it over the baking soda. You may want to spot test this cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area at first to confirm that there is no discoloration.
Use a scrub brush to rub the solution into to the baking soda. Wear rubber gloves if possible, and wait for the telltale foaming action of the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to kick in.
Blot the area and allow the mixture to dry.
Vacuum the soiled area. Vacuuming the soiled area removes both the urine particles and the deodorizer you applied. Extracting wet vacs work the best for this since they saturate the carpet and then vacuum the water back into the vacuum’s tank. In a pinch, you can use your regular vacuum; it just won’t be as effective as the wet vac.
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