Cat urine is just like other pets’ urine as it can gives a very bad smell nearly impossible to mask off. It can happens quite often that your cat urinates outside the litter box and on a carpet, bed linens, clothes or furniture. It is very important to remove the urine smell to prevent your cat from repeating the same mistake again on the same spot. As you know, pets tend to return to the same spot which they previously urinated if the odor is still there. Moreover, if the problem is not being taken care off, the urine left unclean will gives out a strong ammonia smell and eventually causes more bacteria growth.
Many of you, cat owners are not quick enough to clean up the urine. Thus, once the urine dries up, you might not see it on the floor but the smell cannot be avoided. Luckily, there are a few items from your house that are able to neutralize the cat urine smell like vinegar, baking soda and enzymatic cleaners. Vinegar is said to be one of the easiest and most useful product when it comes to clean the mess from your beloved cat. By simply making a solution with a mixture of vinegar and water, pour on the affected area as well as the area close by including the wall. You can notice the result after a few hours depending on how strong the smell is. Many people find that vinegar works greatly in removing the cat urine smell as the acid neutralizes the alkaline salts that form in the urine of the cat. Vinegar has a strong smell itself and it will subsides after a few days taking the cat urine smell away too.
What if your cat pees on your carpet? Once you have noticed this incident to happen, be quick enough to blot up as much as possible the amount of urine. This should be followed up by rinsing the area with clean water and removing the liquid with a vacuum. Remember not to use a steam cleaner as the heat from the steamer can set the stain into the carpet. Then, add some enzyme cleaners to the affected spot and allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes. After that, start blotting again with a clean piece of cloth. In order to make sure your cat will not return to the same spot again to pee, you should cover the affected area with aluminum foil or cover with an upside-down laundry basket during the cleaning process. If the urine smell do not go away from the carpet after your cleaning effort, you can use an oil based, stain blocker primer under the carpet to neutralize the smell.
Your cat might not only pee on the carpet but also on cushions and mattresses. Do not freak out as you can clean them in a similar way as how you clean the carpet. Firstly, soak the affected part of the cushion or mattress with water and blot up as much as possible the liquid with a towel. Then, soak them again in enzyme cleaner and allow the cleaner to settle for about 15 minutes. Squish out the excess liquid and blot again with towels. Let the cushion or mattress to dry completely. While allowing the items to be dried, make sure your cat cannot go near them. This is to discourage your cat from peeing on the cushion or mattress again. Bear in mind that thick cushions and mattresses may require more than one application to remove the smell completely.
Your naughty cat may also pee on linens and clothing leaving them with a terrible smell. When this happens, you must first rinse the clothing with cool water. Then, put the clothing into the washing machine with detergent and a cup of baking soda or some vinegar. You can most probably still smell the urine after the first cycle of washing. Do not panic, the process is not complete yet. Now, add some enzyme cleaner and proceed to the next cycle of washing. Sometimes, you may require to wash the clothing for a few times in order for the cat urine smell to be completely gone.