Has your cat recently had an “accident” in your carpets? Cat urine can be a tricky stain to clean up and, even worse, smells awful. Luckily, if you follow these steps, you can remove both the stain and smell of cat urine in your carpets.
1. Act Fast
The most important thing to do when taking care of any stain in your carpets, especially urine, is to act quickly. Over time, the stain will set, making it harder to remove. Plus, the longer it sits, the more pungent the urine crystals become. Clean it fast to prevent it from getting worse.
Another reason to tackle pet urine right away is that pets like to claim a spot. If the carpet smells like their territory, they will often continue to go in the same spot over and over. Nip this behavior in the bud by cleaning the spot as quickly as possible.
2. Blot the Stain
It’s important that you don’t rub the stain, as this will push it deeper into your carpet. Instead, gently blot at the spot with a clean, slightly damp rag. A white rag is best as the dye from colored towels can occasionally transfer into your wet carpet. When the rag is soaked through, replace it with a new rag (and throw the soiled rags immediately into the washer without anything else).
If you didn’t discover the stain until it was already dry, you can pour a small amount of cold water on it before you blot. Try to clean it before it drys, though, and don’t do anything to accelerate the drying process. Dry urine is harder to clean.
3. Sprinkle Baking Soda
Once you have removed as much urine as you can, you work on the odor by sprinkling baking soda over the area. Allow it to sit overnight, and then vacuum it up.
Do not use an ammonia-based cleaner, as ammonia smells very similarly to pet urine and will just make it worse.
4. Call a Professional Cleaner
If you can’t get the odor out or it’s a particularly bad stain, give your carpet cleaners a call. Be sure not to use a steam cleaner, as the hot steam can actually set the stain instead of removing it. Instead, call a cleaner that specializes in pet urine removal, like San Juan County Chem-dry. A professional will be able to remove the smell and sanitize the area.
5. Stop the Behavior
Once you have cleaned the spot, you will want to make sure that your cat doesn’t repeat the behavior. The first thing to do is to clean the litter box and make sure it cleaned every day. Cats often will refuse to use a dirty box. Also, make sure that the litter box is easily accessible. Never shut the door to litter box if the cat isn’t in the room as well.
If your cat continues going outside of the litter box, they may be spraying to mark their territory. This might be caused by changes in your home that makes your cat feel insecure in its territory. If that is the case, be sure to address those issues and try to make your cat feel comfortable in its home.
It’s important to check that the behavior is not caused by a medical condition, such as digestive disorders or muscle/joint pain. If your cat is regularly having accidents, take him to see your vet.
A cat urine accident doesn’t mean your home has to smell forever! following these tips can help you get rid of the stain and smell as keep it from happening again.