Clean Cat Urine from Carpet

Cat urine can be a very annoying thing to clean from carpet. Even cats that are litter box trained can have their moments where they get irritated and urinate somewhere that they shouldn’t be. What’s even worse is that these stains absolutely reek and can make our homes smell oddly. There are several ways that you can get clean cat urine from carpet without a lot of hassle. 

Clean Cat Urine from Carpet

Removing Fresh Cat Urine from Your Carpet

If you catch your cat in the act or shortly thereafter, it’s much easier to get rid of the cat urine before it really sets into the carpet and starts to make you home smell.

What You Will Need:

  • Paper Towels
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Half Vinegar/half water mixture
  1. Start to blot at the area with the paper towels to try and soak up as much of the stain as you can. Do not rub; this can cause some issues later on because the pressure can push the stain further into your carpet. Blot the spot until nothing else comes up.
  2. Take the hydrogen peroxide and pour it over the area. According to several vet sites, hydrogen peroxide is very useful on stains that have not set in or dried. Allow this to soak for approximately an hour, making sure to put paper towels on it while the drying process is going on.
  3. Take your mixture of vinegar and water. Pour this mixture over the area and let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes. Vinegar has a dual purpose here; not only is it great for cleaning up urine stains; it also has a strong scent. Even after it “goes away” to our noses, cats may still be able to smell it, which will discourage them from using the area you’re cleaning as a spot to go to the bathroom.
  4. If you caught it soon enough, this process should completely eliminate the stain. If you have an enzymatic cleaner (as all cat owners should; it is really helpful for cleaning up any accident), spray it over the area for extra disinfecting power and to eat away at any urine that may not have been cleaned up. 

Removing Cat Urine Stains from Your Carpet

What happens if you’ve waited too long, and the stain has already started to set in? If you leave your cat at home for the weekend or the stain is in a remote area, it can be easy for this to happen. Stains that have already set in definitely take a bit of elbow grease to get rid of, but you can still eliminate the smell and stain if you do it correctly.

What You Will Need

  • Carpet Cleaner
  • Paper Towels
  • Sponge
  • Club Soda
  • Enzymatic Cleaner
  1. If you have carpet cleaner, go ahead and spray that over the area, allowing it to sit for the recommended amount of time (usually an hour or so) before blotting it up. With urine stains of any type, you should blot, not scrub, because the pressure can push the stain deeper into your carpet. If you don’t have carpet cleaner, a couple of drops of dish detergent and some water will do the same thing; allow the mixture to sit for an hour or two.
  2. Take time to rinse the area by blotting it with a wet sponge. Then, get some club soda. This sounds strange, but the carbonation and sugars in the soda will eat away at the stain and, also help to make it smell better. Allow the club soda to sit for about a half an hour, and then soak it up by blotting.
  3. Spray some of the enzymatic cleaner over the affected area. Even on older stains, these cleaners can help to get rid of any of the stain that is still lurking. It will also help with any odor that may have resulted from the urine stain.