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Step-by-Step Guide of Cleaning Cat Urine from Carpet, Bed, Couch, Clothes

Updated by Sheryl on Nov 26, 2021

Does your cat pee outside its litter box? If yes, you absolutely don't want it to repeat again and again at the same spot. Cleaning a cat's urine is not about just soaking up it with a towel. If you leave any trace behind, your feline friend will repeat its business at the previous spot. Therefore, it is crucial to learn how to clean and neutralize the odor of cat pee thoroughly.

In this post, you'll discover the best tips to clean a cat's pee as well as how to clean the wet and dried cat's urine from carpet, bed, mattress, couch, and clothes.

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  • General Tips to Clean Cat Pee
  • How to Get Cat Pee out of a Carpet
  • How to Get Cat Pee out of The Bed
  • How to Get Cat Pee out of the Couch
  • How to Get Cat Pee out of Clothes
  • FAQs
  • Final Thoughts

Some of the general tips for cleaning cat urine are mentioned below:

1. Soak Up the Puddle

The fresh puddle of your cat spray is easy to spot and clean. Dried stains are hard to locate but smell too bad with time. You can seek the urine stain by using a pet urine detector.

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If the spot is on a non-washable surface, use a paper towel to soak it up as soon as possible. It will not clean all urine but leave less behind for further removal.

For washable surfaces such as blankets, curtains, linens, clothes, rinse them in cold water and then wash with enzymatic additives or baking soda.

For machine-washable items, use an enzymatic cleaner with detergents. Use a wet towel to wipe the urine spots from hard surfaces such as the floor and walls.

For walls and floors, use a mixture of equal amounts of white vinegar diluted with water. It helps neutralize the smell of dried cat urine stains.

2. Use Enzymatic Cleaner

Simple soap and detergents will not help break the urine stains and remove the odor. For dried or fresh cat pee, use an enzymatic cleaner after you blot up the area. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the mark since it will set or sink in.

Enzymatic cleaners can break down the cat urine into carbon dioxide and ammonia. Then the pee will evaporate, eliminating the bad odor. Follow the instructions before using these cleaners since they change efficacy when mixed with other cleaning products.

3. Use Wet Vacuum for Carpets

Cat pee is hard to clean from a carpet. A wet vacuum cleaner is too helpful in rinsing the pee stain on a rug. It expels clean water and sucks back the dirty water to the tank. Also, don't use a steam cleaner on a carpet since heat can make the smell sit in the fiber.

4. Avoid Ammonia-based Cleaners

Ammonia-based cleaners have a similar odor as cat pee. Therefore, never use them on carpets since they attract cats. Then your feline friend will keep doing its business at the same spot.

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Follow the mentioned steps to get the cat urine off the carpet (both wet and dried).

  1. Locate the exact spot of cat pee on the carpet. You can use a urine detector for the dried stain.
  2. If the urine is fresh, blot it up with a paper towel as much as you can.
  3. If it is dried, saturate the spot with water and a few drops of washing liquid. Then blot it up to remove the pee as much as you can.
  4. Use a wet vacuum cleaner to rinse the area. If you don't have a wet cleaner, repeat soaking the stain with water and then bloating up with a clean towel until most of the pee is cleaned.
  5. After rinsing, soak the stain with enzymatic cleaner for 10 to 15 minutes. Then blot the spot as much as you can to soak up the liquid with a clean paper towel. Don't forget the area under the rug. You may notice that the pee smell gets worst after using an enzymatic cleaner. But don't worry, it will go away once thoroughly dried. (Don't use ammonia-based cleaner for the carpet).
  6. You will need to repeat the process until all the traces of smell have gone.
  7. To remove any smell traces, sprinkle baking soda over the cleaned and dried area and leave it overnight. Vacuum the site the following day.

Note: Keep your cat away from the area. Or hide the urine spot if it is not thoroughly cleaned yet.

clean cat urine from bed guide

To get the cat urine out of the mattress when dry, you'll need to follow these steps.

  1. Soak the fresh or dried urine stain on the mattress with water. Then blot up the liquid with towel as much as you can.
  2. Soak the affected area with an enzymatic cleaner and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes. If you want to make your own neutralizing cleaner, mix 1 cup of white vinegar with water and use this solution on the mattress.
  3. Blot the area with clean towels again.
  4. Pile up clean towels over the recently cleaned spot and do same to the bedding if you need it.
  5. Remove the towels one by one after the area is dried.
  6. You may need to repeat the cleaning since the cat urine smell is hard to remove from the bed.
  7. To remove traces of smell, sprinkle the baking soda over the dried bed. 
  8. Leave it overnight and vacuum the next day. Also, keep your kitty away from the mattress unless it is dried.
  9. You can purchase a waterproof mattress cover to prevent it in the future.
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The process of getting cat pee out of the couch is similar to that of the mattress. Look at these simple steps.

  1. Soak the dried or fresh cat pee spot with cold water. Avoid using hot water since it causes the smell to set in the fiber.
  2. Blot the area with a clean towel and repeat the process several times.
  3. Apply enzymatic cleaner thoroughly over the stain and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Blot the cat pee stain again and let it dry.
  5. Once fully dried, powder it with baking soda and leave overnight.
  6. Vacuum the following day.
wipe cat urine from couch

Are you going to be mad at your cat for spraying at your clothes? Don't do this.  Follow these steps to clean the cat spray out of your clothes.

  1. Rinse the urine spot in cold water.
  2. For a few clothes, soak them in a bucket of water and add 1 cup of white vinegar or baking soda to them. Leave them for a few hours and then rinse.
  3. If the clothes are machine washable, wash them with detergent and baking soda.
  4. If the clothes still have a urine smell, add enzyme cleaner to the load.
  5. Finally, use air dry for drying the clothes. Avoid the thermal dryers for the heat of it will lock the smell.

Note: Never use bleach on the clothes with pee stains since ammonia release harmful gases when comes in contact with the cat urine.

Will cat urine smell ever go away?
The uric acid odor in the cat's urine locks in fabrics, linens, mattresses, and carpets even not going away for years. However, the cleaning products such as soap, detergent, vinegar, and baking soda temporarily neutralize the cat's urine smell. Unfortunately, in humid weather, the uric acid recrystallizes, and the smell comes back. Therefore, only enzymatic cleaners are best to remove the cat pee odor thoroughly.
What happens if you put bleach on cat urine?
If you put chlorine bleach on cat pee, it will release harmful gases. Cat urine contains ammonia that reacts with bleach and produces toxic gases that are harmful to humans.

Cats have a territorial behavior. Usually, they spray in the house to mark the territory and invite a mate. Sometimes, stress, anxiety, and illness can also result in a cat urinating in the house. To avoid this behavior, keep the litter boxes at each suspected spot in the house. Clean the existing pee stains thoroughly. Also, make the litter box more attractive.

Use an enzymatic cleaner to neutralize the urine odor. In addition, retrain your kitty to use its litterbox for urination.

Sheryl is an editor from iPetor, owns extensive pet care experience. As a professional writer, she can provide useful pet care tips for all "parents".
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