How to deal with Cat Urine in Carpet
Cat lovers, you’ve come to the right place! There are so many benefits to having one of these loveable animals as your pet. They’re soft and fluffy, quiet, pretty independent and relatively low maintenance. But, once in a while, accidents can (and do) happen!
So what do you do when your cat pees on your carpet or upholstery and you just can’t get rid of the smell?
First of all, why does cat urine, in particular, leave such a stench for months (or even years) in your carpets and upholstery? The reason is because their urine contains uric acid which gives off that bad odour, and if it gets absorbed into the carpet padding underneath or subflooring, then you’re going to need more than elbow grease to get rid of it.
The best way to deal with cat urine accidents, is to clean it up as soon as possible. The longer it sits, the worse the smell gets over time. Particularly, once it dries, you may not be able to see it and may miss some spots, and the smell will haunt you at the most inopportune times.
Also, cats have a keen sense of smell and if the urine smell remains, it could entice the cat for a return visit! Something you definitely don’t want!
But, sometimes the most challenging part of dealing with cat urine, is actually figuring out where they peed because sometimes the stains are invisible. Cats tend to pee in hidden areas, corners or against borders so check the perimeters and see if you can locate the source of the smell. You might also want to invest in a black light to find those invisible stains and deal with them right away.
There are several things you can use to clean up these messes. We’ll go through some of the most common ones here. But first thing to note, do not use any cleaning products that contain chlorine bleach! The ammonia in cat urine can mix with the bleach and create some dangerous gasses.
Another thing to avoid are products containing ammonia. Ammonia could end up setting the stain instead of removing it, and also, if cats smell ammonia, they’re more likely to go back to that spot and use it again since cat urine contains ammonia. Something you definitely want to avoid!
Ways to get rid of Cat Urine smells
Baking Soda mixed with Vinegar:
Mix a solution of one part vinegar to one part baking soda and use it to clean the walls and floors - The acid in vinegar helps to neutralize the alkaline salts formed in dried urine stains
Baking Soda and Club Soda
Soak up any excess urine and then pour a little bit of club soda on top of the carpet and blot the liquid away with a rag. Let it dry then sprinkle some baking soda around the area and let it soak up any other odors (leave it for about an hour) before vacuuming it up
Enzyme based cleaners
Use an enzyme based cleaner to break down the acid in cat urine. Multiple applications may be needed until the odours are completely eliminated
Steam Clean your carpets
If after trying all the methods mentioned above, you STILL have lingering smells, it probably means you’ve missed a spot or that the urine has soaked through to the subflooring. You can try a steam cleaner to treat the entire room or call a professional carpet cleaner and be sure to mention that you have cats so they can recommend and use the best pet odour removal techniques
If you suspect that the urine has soaked through the carpet padding and down to the subflooring, you will probably have to replace the padding and carpet of that area and use an oil-based stain blocking primer on the subfloor beneath that patch of carpet
As you’re cleaning out these stains, you also need to think about how to prevent your cat from returning to the area while it’s drying. One way is to place a piece of aluminum foil over the area and cover it with an upside down bucket or laundry basket.
Hope these tips help! And if in doubt, please call your local professional carpet cleaner.
We at Carpet Cleaning Airdrie Pros have the equipment and know how to deal with these kinds of things and are more than happy to take your call!
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