Insider secrets to getting rid of cat pee smell when you're normally lovable cat begins peeing outside the litter box or spraying your furniture there's more to worry about than a horrible older prolonged exposure to cat urine can cost thousands of dollars in damage to the structure of your home and can create respiratory health problems for your family fortheloveofcat.
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These simple steps will walk you through neutralizing, sanitizing and deodorizing cat urine stains that you can catch quickly you'll find links to any recommended products we mention in this video in the article below or in the youtube description first find a stain.
You have two goals to clean this stain and eliminate the smell since cats return to the area where they urinated it's critical that you completely get rid of the cat pee to do this you must first find everyplace your cat has urinated when a soiled area is already dry it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact location since you know the general area in a pinch you could resort to crawling around in sniffing out the spot you will know you have found it when you start gagging on the skunky scent.
A better method for finding the stain is using a blacklight you can purchase a handheld uv light from any general store for ten to twenty dollars black light out also available for your smartphone or tablet but don't usually work as well as a uv flashlight turn on the uv light in a completely darkened room and then scan the floor furniture and more walls you're looking for a glowing fluorescent green splotches check corners chair and table legs as well stacked books on your shelves outlined the stain with chalk or string so that you know where the clean when you flip on the lights blotting up soft surfaces cats love to snuggle up in things that are soft and cuddly so carpets rugs so close in mattresses are easy targets for urine if you're lucky enough to catch a wet spot on a soft surface before it dries and you need to soak up as much as the liquid as possible grab a pair rubber gloves roll of paper towels and stack of newspapers place a thick layer of newspaper on the stain and then add a layer of paper towels.
Terry cloth towels also work well since they are able to absorb more liquids and are easily washable using the methods we’ll talk about later in the linens section. Blot the stain by applying pressure with your hands or feet once the rags are soaked swap them out and repeat blotting until you are no longer absorbing urine do not scrub the stain back and forth with a towel or brush this pushes particles deeper into the carpet fibers while you'll be tempted to toss those urine-soaked papers straight into the garbage can place some in the litter box to reinforce the scent where your cat should their business neutralize odors with an enzymatic cleaner store-bought intermatic cleaners are not chemicals or older masking products like carpet fresheners and fabrics sprays.
These microbes solutions are non-toxic and biodegradable which makes them safe for your home your family and your pets the biological enzymes attack the bacteria in the urine and break down the proteins to neutralize the overpowering ammonia smell.
Pet supplies stores carry a selection at enzyme cleaners nature’s miracle and emmy’s best spray are widely recognized for their effectiveness at reducing and eliminating the smell of cat pee.
Using other chemicals on the stain before trying an enzymatic cleaner can interfere with the ability of the natural cultures to do their job it’s easy to make your own enzymatic cleaner.
It is inexpensive and only requires some citrus rinds, brown sugar and water but the fermenting process requires waiting three months that is not very helpful when you need to get rid of the cat pee smell now.
We've provided instructions on how to make your own and our website however instead of always cleaning cat pee however, instead of always cleaning cat pee, we recommend checking out our amazing guide that guarantees to stop your cat peeing outside the litter box first in the link below.
When you're ready to apply the enzymatic cleaner for the best result you must carefully follow the directions on the bottle in general or if you're using your homemade cleaner you'll need to thoroughly saturate the area so that it wicks down into the deeper patting you also want to cover a larger area than the visible stain in case the urine spread further out as it seeped beneath the surface.
Allow the cleaner air dry. This may take a few days if you are cleaning a mattress or couch cushion. A natural vinegar solution to combat cat pee smell if you prefer a common household item remedy or the smell still lingering a few days after using enzymatic cleaner then only to attack the stain with the strong vinegar solution fill a spray bottle with equal amount of water and white vinegar and then saturate the soil the area.
Put on a pair of rubber gloves and then scrub the stain with a bristle brush soak up the vinegar solution as previously discussed using either paper towels in newspapers or terry cloth towels that the wet area naturally dry suck up articles with the carpet cleaner a carpet cleaner or wet vac is handy for removing urine particles as well sucking up excess cleaners and deodorizers that you've applied on the soil area.
The machine drenches the spot with clean cool water and then sucks up loosened dirt. Don't use a steam cleaner or hot water in carpet cleaners the heat will permanently set the stain. if you don't own a wet vac, then you can rent one from your local hardware store.
Reclaim your room with a natural deodorizer to ensure you completely eliminate the smell, treat the soiled area with a homemade deodorizer while wearing rubber gloves mix up a solution of 1 cup baking soda with a half cup of hydrogen peroxide and a few drops your favorite essential oil such as lavender lemongrass or eucalyptus sprinkle the mixture over your carpet or furniture and let it air dry after several hours or the next day vacuum in with your regular household appliance hard surfaces while its easier to clean up hard surfaces when you catch the accident quickly.
Cat urine can also do extensive damage to your hardwood floors concrete floors tables countertops walls and baseboards you wanna for soak up as much as the unit you can with a damp cloth using warm water.
The next step is to disinfect the area with your favorite all-purpose surface cleaner make sure it does not contain ammonia since is pungent gas smells like urine and will serve as an attractant to your cat.
To completely disinfect the area prepare and spray bottle with 10 parts water and one part bleach saturate the area allow the solution to soak in for one minute and then wipe it up with a damp long claw be very careful about where you apply the solution since which can discolor or eat away at many materials.
Also be careful that you do not mix bleach with any ammonia based products and this can create a toxic reaction. Washing cat pee out of your linens it's fairly easy to remove cat urine from machine washable linens ranging from clothing and backpacks to bedding and towels.
You can also use this method for cleaning terry cloth towels so that you can reuse them if there's another accident. On the first washing add an enzymatic cleaner to cold water.
If there is still an odor after the cycle rewash the load with regular detergent, one box a baking soda, and 1 cup apple cider vinegar allow the linens to air drie so that you do not set the stain continue this process until the smell is gone extensive damage from cat pee over long periods of time maybe require a modeling such as patching drywall replacing carpet pads or painting so flooring whether older blocking primer paint you may also want to consult a professional cleaner if you need to treat expensive rugs or delicate upholstery now that your home smells fresh again you need identify why your cat is spraying so that you can prevent it from happening again we have a guide available that is guaranteed to stop your cat from peeing outside the litter box click here for more information.
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