How to Get Rid of Cat Pee Smell in Carpet
The first thing can you can do is to find the odors on your carpet. This can be challenging, but a useful strategy is to check the perimeter of your carpet first. In most cases, stains are difficult to find, while on some carpets, stains can be visible and easy to find.
There are several ways to find the source of your cat’s odor. One of them is to buy a handheld black light. The ultra violet light from black light uses the same wavelengths as biological waste such as urine. To use this, turn off the lights and shine black lights all over the carpet area.
Most urine stains will produce visible light. Because black lights don't always work 100%, you may have to find the stain by crawling on your hands and knees and using your nose to sniff out smelly spots.
Now, let’s take a look at the following methods on how to get rid of cat pee smell:
1. Vinegar and water
- Step 1. Dilute white vinegar with equal parts water and soak the carpet stain with this solution.
- Step 2. After 30 minutes have passed, spit out as much liquid as possible. You may need several treatments.
When your carpet dries, the vinegar smell will disappear.
2. Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda
- Step 1. Sprinkle dry baking soda over the stain and spread it over the fibers.
- Step 2. Mix a quarter cup of peroxide with a teaspoon of detergent. Note: only use 3% hydrogen peroxide.
- Step 3. Then, pour or spray it over the baking soda and wipe it onto the carpet with a toothbrush.
- Step 4. Once dry, vacuum away or remove the residue using a backing brush.
3. Club soda
- Step 1. Directly pour club soda onto the stain.
- Step 2. Once it stops bubbling, wipe off the liquid with a towel.
- Step 3. If necessary, repeat the process.
This method is more likely to work on recent stains that are not very strong. This is also a good alternative when you don't want to smell vinegar or powdery powder on your carpet.
4. Combination products
Anti-Icky Poo is a well-known and favorite product of many cat owners. It’s a product that uses genetically altered enzymes and bacteria.
5. Oxygen cleaner
Oxi-Clean products and similar products are a little less effective, but may work well on recent stains. Be sure to test in an inconspicuous area before use.
If you can't find the stain, you may want to consider using a steam cleaner or carpet shampoo to clean your entire room. If you don't have one, you can rent or buy special carpet shampoos designed to get rid of pet smells.
- After you remove the carpet from the smell of cat urine, you need to make sure it doesn't come back. Make sure all odors are completely neutralized and undetectable.
- If your cat can still smell it, he/she may persuade to urinate again in the same area. The important thing is, find out why your cat is peeing outside its litter box.
- If needed, ask your vet to check for health problems and urinary tract infections, and take the time to do a little detective work so you don't have to face that awful smell again.
How to Get Rid of Cat Pee Smell on Clothes
Cats can find comfort wherever they want, apart from carpets, your clothes or laundry can also be the objects they pee on. To know how to get rid of cat pee smell on clothes, here’s how:
- Step 1. Rinse the affected area with cold water.
- Step 2. Then, wipe it off with a paper towel.
- Step 3. Don’t scrub, because it can cause the urine to soak deeper into the fabric. Instead, soak the rinsed item in the sink or bucket after adding half a cup of oxygen (not chlorine) to bleach for about 2-3 hours.
- Step 4. The next step is, remove the clothes and put them in a solution of one-part white vinegar with 3 glasses of water.
- Step 5. Place the baking soda on the stain as well and let the mixture sit for 10 -15 minutes.
- Step 6. At this point, you can safely wash the dirty items in the washing machine using cold water setting – don't add any detergent.
- Step 7. When the load is over, hang clothes to dry. Be sure not to put them in the dryer, as hot air causes a bad smell.
- A variety of deodorizing products are available as part of the initial treatment, but never use products that contain ammonia to clean urine stains. Cats tend to mistake the smell of ammonia for urine and then repeatedly urinate in the same place.
- To prevent the same incidents, it’s important that you work on the problem with your cat. When a cat urinates in a place other than the litter box, it is often a sign of a health or behavioral problem.