If available, use a white towel. Once there’s no longer a yellow-tint to the liquid being absorbed, you’ll know all the urine has been absorbed. Enzymatic cleaners, like Nature’s Miracle, contain special biological enzymes that break down the proteins in urine, reducing or even completely eliminating the smell. Note that some enzymatic cleaners may not work if other chemicals were used beforehand to try to treat the stain.
It is generally a good idea to try the enzymatic cleaner first, and saturate the area well. Follow the manufacturer’s directions closely and allow to dry for several days. You may not have to do anything else. Mix up a vinegar solution. If an enzyme cleaner didn’t completely remove the smell, use a vinegar solution. Combine equal parts of white vinegar and water in a bowl or spray bottle. Saturate or spray the soiled area.
Saturate a little bit beyond the soiled area so you can be sure to remove all urine. If you have a black light or UV light at your disposal, you can see the urine glow in the dark and find the exact location of the urine spot. Scrub the vinegar solution into the soiled area. The vinegar will neutralize the ammonia smell in your cat’s urine. Again, use paper towels or a clean rag to blot up as much vinegar solution as possible. Let the area air dry completely after you’ve blotted it.
Wash the soiled area with a household cleaner that does not contain ammonia. Ammonia smells like urine to dogs and cats. Wipe the area clean with water. In a spray bottle, mix 10 parts water to 1 part bleach. Put on rubber gloves and spray the soiled area. Let the bleach sit for 30 seconds, then clean the soiled area with a damp cloth.
Be careful with the bleach as it may damage and change the color of some materials. If you still smell urine, add some enzymatic cleaner to your wash. Dry cleaning may be necessary. If you can’t get the smell or stain out of an item, you may just have to throw it out. Sprinkle baking soda over the area. Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a natural cleaner as well as an odor-absorber and deodorant.
Mix a small amount of hydrogen peroxide and mild dish detergent together. You may want to spot test this cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area at first to confirm that there is no discoloration. Use a scrub brush to rub the solution into to the baking soda. Wear rubber gloves if possible, and wait for the telltale foaming action of the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to kick in. Blot the area and allow the mixture to dry. Vacuuming the soiled area removes both the urine particles and the deodorizer you applied.
Extracting wet vacs work the best for this since they saturate the carpet and then vacuum the water back into the vacuum’s tank. For best results with a wet vac, use cool water in the vacuum tank and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Avoid using steam cleaners, since the high heat will actually set the stain. Never yell or punish your cat for urinating in the wrong area. Instead, quickly move her to the litter box. Consistently take her to the litter box and give positive feedback when she uses it. This will reinforce a positive association with urinating and her litter box. Replace the cat’s litter box more often. Cats like clean litter boxes, just as humans like clean bathrooms. If you’re neglecting your cat’s needs when it comes to offering a clean litter box, he may find it harder to resist urinating on your sofa or carpet. Keep your cat’s litter box in a quiet location that is not near its feeding area. This will increase the chance that the box will be used properly. Consider getting your cat neutered or spayed. Cats that are spayed will not purposely urinate in order to mark their territory, solving the problem for you in the first place. Plus, you won’t end up with a litter of kittens to potty train!