How to Remove Dog, Cat Urine Stains and Odor


Usually, however, when you think about pet stains and odors, people just naturally think about urine and feces stains and removing the stains and the smells.

Cat urine is especially offensive and very hard to get rid of especially when the sneaky little buggers always find an out of the way upstairs corner to do their business in. You will certainly smell it before you find it!

Dogs are not so devious. If they’re going to wet in the house, it’ll be where you see it or step on it. In fact, if it’s a male dog, he’s liable to lift his leg on the furniture right in front of you!

Dog Urine Stains and Odor

Make every effort to immediately clean up the stain. If you don’t, the dog may return to the smell and make the same mistake again and again. Then you’ve got a real problem.

As with any stain, removing urine and feces stains are easiest when they are fresh. If that isn’t possible, then grab a paper towel or soft, clean absorbent cloth and blot up as much as possible of the urine. If the accident is feces, then pick up the solids with toilet tissue and flush it down the toilet.

Fill a plastic bucket with a solution of 50/50 vinegar and warm water. Put on a pair of rubber or vinyl gloves, get an old household sponge and moisten it with the solution; apply to the stained area and blot with the sponge gently. Be firm but do take care not to scrub and fray the carpet fibers. Squeeze the water out of the sponge often in the bucket, and reapply the solution a couple of times.

Cat Urine Stains and Odor

Interestingly, cats are born with an inherent instinct to scratch a shallow hole, do their business and then cover it up. That’s a characteristic that makes them very desirable pets for apartment or condo dwellers. They are also popular with folks who love animals but don’t want the responsibility of having to take the critter on walks either for exercise or for their body functions.

Unfortunately, there are exceptions and I had one of those cats. Cats don’t always use the litter box – for various reasons. Cat urine is very smelly and you need to treat it as quickly and as thoroughly as possible to remove the odor.

  1. Blot the area with a clean terry cloth or paper towels. Blotting will help the liquid absorb into the towel rather than scrubbing it into the carpeting even more so.
  2. Make a solution of one cup vinegar with one cup of lukewarm water. You should not use any type of laundry detergent or dishwasher detergent here.
  3. Apply to the stained area enough to allow it to reach the bottom of the pile of carpeting, but don’t soak it.
  4. Use paper towels to absorb the liquid again. You can keep doing this type of treatment until the carpeting is no longer stained.
  5. Once you get as much of the liquid as you can out of the carpeting, apply several layers of clean terry cloth or paper towels to the area. Then place something that is heavy on top of it. This will allow the stain to further absorb into the paper towels and will come further out of the carpeting pile.
  6. After one hour remove the towel, and let it dry completely.

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