How To Remove Cat Urine Stains

If you have a cat, one of the most annoying things that you may have to deal with is cat urine stains. Even with the most housetrained cats, accidents may still happen from time to time, and that’s okay. This guide will help you learn how to remove cat urine stains quickly and effectively.

How To Remove Cat Urine Stains

How To Remove Cat Urine Stains From Carpet Or Fabric

It’s always bad when your cat decides to use your carpet or your favorite chair for his or her litter box. Thankfully, it’s quite easy to eliminate the cat urine stains once you find them.

What you will need

  • Paper towels (both wet and dry)
  • Some sort of heavy object to use as a poultice
  • Pitcher or other water pouring appliance
  • Water and vinegar mixture (1:1) or enzymatic cleaner
  1. Find the urine stain. You will usually smell it before you see it, so you may have to darken the room and use a black light in order to find where the stain is. If the stain is wet, take wet paper towels and place them on top of the cat urine, using the heavy object to create a poultice. Allow this to sit for ten to fifteen minutes, and then remove.
  2. You can skip this step if the cat urine is fresh. Take the pitcher and pour cold water over the spot. Start on the outside, then work in to prevent the stain from spreading. Allow the water to set for about five minutes.
  3. Take the water and vinegar mixture or the enzymatic cleaner and apply it to the affected the area. This is important for stain removal and to prevent your cat(s) from using the area to urinate again. Allow this to sit for one to two hours (or read the instructions on the cleaner; it’s usually a couple of hours but some differ).
  4. Apply another poultice and allow it to sit overnight. 

How To Remove Cat Urine Stains From Hardwood Floors

If you have hardwood floors, you probably have had your cat lay claim to a part of them at one time or another. Like carpets, you can also remove cat urine stains from hardwood floors easily as well.

What you will need:

  • Squirt bottle
  • Hydrogen peroxide (full strength – 3.5%)
  • Plastic wrap (optional)
  • Sanding materials (sander or sandpaper, depending on the size of the stain)
  1. Take the squirt bottle and fill it with full-strength hydrogen peroxide (the type you can buy from the drug store). Squirt the stain and allow it to sit for one minute; at this point, the varnish will be able to be scraped off – do so.
  2. Apply the solution again, more liberally this time. Allow the spot to sit for 2 hours. During this time, you can cover the area with plastic wrap. This is not necessary, but some people say that it holds in the moisture from the peroxide and allows more of the stain to be soaked up.
  3. You may need to repeat the second step several times, depending on how dense the stain is. In between applications, sand the area. This, of course, will mean that you will have to refinish the area (which you were probably planning on doing anyway, so this shouldn’t be a big deal).

It’s an incredibly simple process, even if you have to refinish the area that the stain was in. This will help you to eliminate the cat urine stains and any possible smells that you may have gotten from the stain.