How to Clean Cat Poop and Urine Stains

Cats are some of the most independent pets that you can have. Most of them are incredibly intelligent and will end up learning how to use the litter box with little to no help from you. But what about those times where your cat is anxious or upset with you? For those times, it’s important for you to know how to clean cat poop and urine stains

How to Clean Cat Poop and Urine Stains

How to Clean Cat Poop Stains

Cat poop is incredibly important to clean up quickly for a variety of reasons, but one of the most important being the prevention of a disease called toxoplasmosis. This is a parasitic disease that is usually passed to humans through; you guessed it, cat poop. It can be incredibly dangerous and even fatal in some cases, especially in pregnant woman and those who have autoimmune diseases. So it’s important that, if your cat poops somewhere that isn’t the litter box, that you clean it up as quickly and thoroughly as you possibly can.

What you will need:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Paint scraper
  • Dust pan
  • Laundry stain remover (Oxi-Xlean, etc)
  • A solution of liquid dishwashing detergent and cold water
  • Cloth or Scrubbing brush
  • Paper towels.
  1. Don’t do any of this without putting gloves on first. You need to get rid of the poop as quickly as possible. The paint scraper will be the best tool for this, as you can use it to “sweep” the poop into the dustpan. It also scrapes the poop from the carpet, floor, or whatever surface you may be working with.
  2. Spray some pre-wash laundry stain remover over the affected area and allow it to sit while you make the dishwashing detergent solution.
  3. While making the solution, make sure that the water is as cold as you can get it; the colder, the better. If the water is warm at all, it can make the poop cake onto the surface it is on and, in turn, make it more difficult to get rid of.
  4. Use the cloth or scrubbing brush to scrub the surface with the solution. Rinse the cloth out on occasion, and repeat this step until the stain is gone.
  5. Dry the affected area with paper towels.

If there is still an odor after the stain has been removed, sprinkle baking soda or spray enzymatic cleaner over the area. This will help to eliminate whatever odor is left. 

How to Clean Cat Urine Stains

Cleaning cat urine stains is relatively simple (and much less urgent) than cleaning up cat poop stains. Many times, you can use home remedies to eliminate the cat urine stains. Two of the most common household items that people use to remove cat urine stains are white vinegar and baking soda.

Whichever one that you decide to use has a fairly simple process. With vinegar, you use a solution that is one part vinegar and one part water, spray it over the affected area, and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Dab the area with a paper towel, and repeat the process until the stain is gone. With baking soda, you just sprinkle it over the area, let it sit overnight, and vacuum it up in the morning. Sometimes you’ll have to repeat the process again, but you can usually get rid of the stain on the first go around unless it’s really set into the carpet or other surface. 

These are the most common ways to clean cat urine stains because of the scent that they leave behind. You can’t smell it with your human nose, but your cat can. That lingering scent actually works in your favor because cats are quite opposed to strong scents. Most times, cats will not urinate in areas where there are strong scents.