The Ultimate Guide to Removing Pet Urine Smells
Cats are mysterious creatures and, unfortunately, we cannot always determine why they do particular things. This is no different regarding why felines sometimes choose not to use their litter box. For example, they could be sick, the box could be too dirty or the cat may be upset. While it is always important to consult your vet regarding possible reasons why your pet is choosing not to use the litter box, there are some things you can do to the urine stains in the meantime. With this said, here are ten simple tips for cleaning your cat's urine and preventing having to get rid of the piece of furniture in question; you don't want to have to get rid of the perfectly good love seat, do you?
1. Use a paper towel to blot up the urine. You can also use a cloth towel or some old clothes that you can easily dispose of. If the urine is on the carpet, try standing on the wet spot while wearing shoes.
2. DO NOT rub the urine stain. If the stain is dry, you should pour cold water on it and then blot the stain.
3. Do not use detergents with ammonia on the urine stain. Since ammonia smells like urine, it may entice the cat to pee on the spot again.
4. Use a cleaning product from your pet store or a homemade mixture made out of household items. Before using them on a large stain, you should test the aforementioned products or mixtures on a small stain.
5. A good homemade mixture to use includes vinegar since it effectively kills bacteria. Mix ½ cups of warm water with ½ cups of vinegar. You should pour the mixture on the stain and let it soak for a few minutes. But, keep in mind to not use the mixture on marble or stone.
6. Once whatever mixture you decide to use is dry, sprinkle baking soda on the area. Do not be afraid to use a lot of baking soda.
7. Another interesting mixture uses ¾ cups of three percent hydrogen peroxide along with a single teaspoon of dish detergent. Sprinkle the solution on top of the baking soda. After testing it on a small spot, try to work the baking soda into the fabric that contains the stain.
8. Then, after letting it dry for a few hours, vacuum the rest of the baking soda. If the spot does not disappear, try doing the process all over again.
9. If this doesn't sound like your style, try using a more commercial product. Try using cleaners that advertise that they contain enzymes, as they tend to disintegrate the urine and remove the smell. However, be sure to follow the directions very closely.
10. Losing sight of the stain does not mean that it doesn't smell. You should always try to deodorize. You should try using baking soda in a mixture of water and some sort of detergent to try to minimize the odors made by the urine.