Removing cat urine from carpet or rugs is a whole lot more difficult than from your hardwood floors, tiles or linoleum. No one can pretend that to know why your cat is “doing it” outside his litter box, but there could be many varied reasons.
Perhaps he has found a new way to test your threshold, or maybe he believes that urinating where he should not is a great new sport to partake or maybe, just maybe, this is his new hobby. Whichever the case may be, and whatever your cat’s reason for being naughty is, do try to convince him to do it, if he must, off and away from your carpets.
Knowing cats, however, your cat will most likely not be dissuaded very readily because cats tend to be stubborn creatures. And if this assessment is correct, you will have to learn how to clean up after him because, you know well, he will not clean up after himself. While this may be bad news, you may be removing cat urine from carpet for quite a while, so you might as well do it correctly and as thoroughly as possible.
There is some good news to deliver. And the good news is that reducing the odor and stains left by cat urine and even removing cat urine from carpet does not have to be as difficult as you might think. Just do what specialists do when removing cat urine from carpet with the following easy steps, and it does not even matter if the stains are old and dry or new and wet:
Step 1: Find the areas where the stains are visible or where the odors are evident. If you cannot see the stains but you can smell them, use a stain detection black light.
Step 2: Put in a new bag into your vacuum cleaner to maximize its suction power.
Step 3: Thoroughly vacuum the soiled areas and then generously apply a mixture of 1/3 cup of white vinegar, 2/3 cup warm water, 1/4 cup mouthwash (any brand that contains alcohol) and 1/4 cup of dish washing detergent. Let it all stand for about 45 minutes.
Step 4: Gently scrub the entire area in a circular motion with a soft clean brush and soak up the remaining moisture with clean white paper towels. Colorful patterned paper towels may bleed color onto your carpet and create stains of a different nature.
Step 5: Generously apply warm water and let it stand for 15 minutes then soak it up with a clean towel or a rag.
Step 6: Thoroughly vacuum the entire area and sprinkle with baking soda. Let it stand for a couple of hours and then vacuum it all up.
Your carpet should now be clean and smelling fresh. Congratulations! You did it!
You have just learned all about reducing the odor from cat urine, removing or lightening cat urine stains and removing cat urine from carpet and you did it without any abrasive chemicals. Can we guarantee that you will be removing cat urine by 100%, unfortunately we cannot. If you have allowed a repetitive problem the urine may now be in the carpet pad and the floor below. In a normal situation though this method of removing cat urine from your carpet will deliver you pleasing results.