Uh-oh! Your kitty just peed on places where she's not supposed to, and now, it's up to you to clean up the mess. Although you love your feline pal to death, getting stuck with the nasty job of cleaning urine odor and stains is not exactly your idea of fun. So, if you've suddenly discovered your just made a huge mess on the bed, carpet or the couch, these smart tips on how to address this problem can save you so much time and energy.
Carpets look amazing in any homes – but not when it's soaking wet with kitty urine! If you have discovered a puddle of mess on the carpet, here are ways to clean it up quickly:
1. Blot up the wet areas with paper towels
If the area is still quite wet, a quick fix to prevent things from getting worse is by blotting up the moisture using paper towels. Put your gloves on and press on the wet area with a paper towel to absorb moisture. This way, you can minimize the risk of having a huge stain on the carpet once it dries up. However, there is another thing you need to worry about when it comes to cat urine – the foul and strong odor that can permeate in the entire house! To solve this problem, you need to proceed to the next step...
2. Spray the area with a homemade cleanser
Nothing can be more annoying and embarrassing to guests that an overpowering smell of cat urine. So, after drying the area with paper towels, you need to use a powerful spray to sanitize and free your carpet from urine odor. A simple homemade spray includes a few ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide for disinfecting, baking soda to eliminate tough odor, and some liquid hand soap (preferably all-natural) to do the trick.
A couple of tablespoons of baking soda, combined with about 10 ounces of hydrogen peroxide and about three drops of liquid hand soap are all you need for this spray mixture. Place all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake the container to mix well. Then, spray the solution directly on your carpet, scrub with a toothbrush, and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Afterwards, your carpet should start smelling clean and fresh again.
3. Use baking soda
If you have no time to prepare a spray mixture, you can always use baking soda or white vinegar to remove kitty urine odor on the carpet. Pour some baking soda to the wet stain and wait for the powder to turn yellow (this happens once it starts absorbing urine). Add some more baking soda until it no longer becomes yellowish, since this means urine has been absorbed completely. Leave the powder on your carpet for up to 12 hours and vacuum completely.
White vinegar also works in removing both the stain and odor from cat urine. Just mix two parts water with one part white vinegar in a spray bottle. Then, mist wet areas and rub thoroughly with paper towel. When the vinegar mixture dries, you should rinse the area with warm water.
You love your cat, but you love your couch just as much. If you noticed urine on your favorite couch, the best thing to do is get to work and clean up the mess immediately instead of punishing your cat. After all, there are loads of reasons why your kitty probably peed on the couch, and you just need to address this after you clean up.
The following are steps in cleaning your couch to remove cat urine odor and stain effectively:
1. Use paper towels to blot up the urine, although this only works for fresh stains. The idea is to blot until there is no more moisture left.
2. If your couch is made of fabric with removable cushion cover, simply soak this portion in detergent for 30 minutes. Then, toss it into the washing machine and pour a cup of white vinegar to get rid of foul odor.
3. In case there is no way for you to remove the cushion cover, you can try putting some baking soda on the stain to absorb more moisture while neutralizing the acid and odor of the urine. Leave the powder on for up to 3 hours before vacuuming the area.
4. For a more powerful way of eliminating harsh urine odor, spray your couch with vinegar mixed with water. Let the mixture penetrate the couch, then scrub the stained portion with a toothbrush.
5. After cleaning the stain, be sure to dry the cushion completely. You may either take the cushion outdoors and dry it under the sun, or use a hair dryer to speed up the process.
Waking up to your kitty's relaxing back massage is always endearing... But what if the strong odor of your cat's urine woke you up instead? Before you panic, check out these ways to clean kitty urine from the mattress.
1. Try to absorb as much urine as possible with paper towels or old newspapers. This way, you can work on removing the stain and odor afterwards.
2. If the area is already dry, you can use white vinegar mixed with equal parts of water to remove the odor. Spray the mixture onto the stain and scrub it with a brush. Let the vinegar dry completely before rinsing well with warm water.
3. For fresh urine stain, you may sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda.This should absorb more moisture even after blotting the area with paper towels. Just keep adding more baking soda until the powder no longer turns yellowish from the urine. Leave on overnight and vacuum the next day.
There are several reasons why cats tend to pee on places other than on their kitty litter. They may be going through stress, or perhaps, the litter tray has not been emptied yet. The most important thing is to clean up the mess right away, then figure out the reason for inappropriate urination. By doing so, you can prevent this issue from going out of hand and make sure it does not happen again in the future.
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