How To Get The Cat Urine Smell Out Of Your Carpet Or Rug

Posted on: 14 June 2016

There are several reasons why cats make good pets. They are pretty low maintenance, love to cuddle with their owners, and have fun playing. However, there is a downside to owning a cat too. Cat urine is an odor that's practically impossible to eliminate. So, what should you do when your feline friend decides to urinate on your brand new rug? Before you call the nearest carpet cleaning company, check out these tips to learn how to remove the smell of cat urine.

Step 1: Bust Out Your Black Light

Cat urine is often hard to get rid of because once the stained spot is dry, you can't see the stain. You can try to pinpoint the stained area by following the smell, but it's easy to miss your target. The good news is, cat urine glows underneath a black light. So, you'll need to use all of the ametuer forensic skills that you've picked up from your favorite crime show to locate the spoiled area. If you don't have an attic packed full of treasures from the 1960s or your own forensics kit, visit your local pet store to purchase a black light. To locate the cat urine stain using a black light:

  1. Make sure outside light cannot enter the room — either wait until it's dark outside or cover the windows completely.
  2. Turn the black light on, and turn off the lights in the room.
  3. Move the black light over your carpet or rug looking for any spots that glow.
  4. Continue the process until you believe you've found all of the soiled areas.

Step 2: Clean Soiled Areas with White Vinegar

You might be surprised to find that a simple mixture of water and white vinegar is the secret to ridding your home of the cat urine smell.

  1. Mix one part water with one part white vinegar.
  2. Saturate the soiled area with the mixture.
  3. Allow the mixture to sit on the carpet until it dries.

The white vinegar and water mixture neutralizes the odor of any cat urine stains that are set deep into the carpet. If you're cleaning a large area or an entire room, you can use your white vinegar and water solution with your carpet cleaner just like you would use any carpet cleaning solution that you've purchased from the store — just make sure the carpet is completely dry before proceeding to the next step.

Step 3: Clean with an Enzymatic Cleaner

An enzymatic cleaner is a solution that's made to use in a carpet cleaner. However, instead of being chemical based, the cleaner is enzyme based. The enzymes in the cleaner help to neutralize the odors that continually draw your cat to the area when he or she has to urinate. If you aren't sure what type of carpet cleaner solution to purchase, look for solutions that are specifically designed to remove pet odors. Many of those are enzymatic cleaning solutions.

Removing the smell of cat urine from your home isn't exactly a fun process, but it is a task that you can accomplish. Alternatively, hire a professional carpet cleaning company to clean your solid carpets and/or rugs — just make sure you tell the carpet cleaners that they will be cleaning carpets that your cat has soiled so that they can use the correct type of solution. To find out more, speak with a business like Boss Systems Carpet Cleaning.