With cat urine comes urine odors.
Here is a two-step approach that can help remove odors from your carpet attributed to cat urine.
This advice may not be new but they are effective suggestions for maintaining a household free from cat urine odors.
Step One: Find a cleaning solution that works for you.
There are many cleaning products around and not all solutions work for everybody.
The vast majority of people begin by using household products to get a "just found" cat stain up.
Some mixture of vinegar, baking soda, peroxide and soap and water.
These mixtures have been around for years and they really work, but, you have to find the urine stain right away.
If the stain dries, the urine smell will get really strong.
Removal then becomes more difficult.
You will either have to use stronger products or a professional cleaning service to help remove the stain and the odor.
There is no way around it.
Here is a good recipe to use if you find the area where your cat "peed" right away:
- 15 oz.
of hydrogen peroxide 3%
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda
- 2drops of liquid hand soap
Spray and soak the area, blot ,with a sponge or clean cloth,...
do not scrub.
Tip: When cleaning stains on your carpet use a sponge, not a scrub brush.
Using a scrub brush will destroy the fibers and shorten the life of your carpet.
Then there's the "all purpose" vinegar and water combination.
Old school-ers I can't hear you! Yes, this combination works also.
Use the above directions if you choose this mixture.
You need a strong nose until the vinegar aroma evaporates! Although the smell of vinegar doesn't bother some people, I for one can't appreciate the odor for any amount of time so I only use this mixture when I don't, really, do not have anything else to use.
Tip: For all those who love Febreze or other fabric fresheners-- don't use this on your carpet to get out cat urine odors.
It will not work.
Why? Even though Febreze smells good, it is a temporary solution for household and even regular pet odors.
The chemical found fabric fresheners will not work on the chemical compound found in cat urine.
Step Two: Make sure the affected area is totally clean and then use a barrier so your cat won't frequent that spot again.
Cats are creatures of habit and once they mark a territory- as the commercial says "It's On".
Training your cat is crucial to having a odor free home.
I have used:
- Moth balls,
- The tried and true water bottle- well maybe not so tried and true.
Depending on your cat, he/she may get used to and not be bothered by getting a shot of water in the face :-)
- Putting plastic or some other absorption free barrier around the area.
It's not easy to do but well worth your time and effort.
These are just a couple of suggestions which you can use to get rid of the smell of cat urine from your carpet.
Once your cat starts peeing/spraying on their favorite areas, being diligent, searching out different options and having an open mind is key to finding what works for you and eliminating your cats negative behavior.