Jul 102011

When you cat pees on your carpet, it can be one of the hardest things to get rid of. There are lots of products for it and suggestions online, but the method of getting out the smell really depends on how old it is.

When any liquid gets on your carpet, including cat pee, it will soak into the carpet. If left long enough, it will also soak through the padding under the carpet and perhaps even into the floor underneath. When cat pee is still wet, it doesn’t really have a smell. As it dries, of course only the water component of the urine evaporates. However, bacteria continue to break down the crystals and other elements in the urine which produces the smell.

Fresh Spot

If the spot is still fresh, and wet, then you have the easiest time of getting rid of the scent. First, you’ll need to get paper towels or similar to blot up the moisture. Then, some baking soda will soak up the rest of the wetness and the scent. When the baking soda dries, vacuum the carpet.

Older Spot

If the spot is older, removing the stain and the smell can be much more difficult. You will need to treat not only the carpet, but the padding and possibly even the subfloor. Luckily, if the urine hasn’t soaked down to the subflooring, then you only need to treat the carpet and the padding.

Nature's Miracle Advanced Just For Cats Stain/odor Rmvr 24oz

You’ll need to pull back the carpet and padding to check the subfloor. This may mean moving furniture or pulling wall to wall carpet up from the tack strips. Once you have determined that only the carpet and padding is affected, you can work on the stain.

In order to kill the smell and the stain permanently, you will need a solution to kill the bacteria left behind. There are some commercial products that contain enzymes that can work; the fresher the stain, the more effective they are. Nature’s Miracle is a popular brand that is well reviewed. However, either white vinegar or 3% hydrogen peroxide solution can also work.

Saturate the carpet and the padding with the peroxide or vinegar. You can use it in a spray bottle, but you may need to also pour it directly on the carpet. It’s a good idea to put something plastic under the padding so that the vinegar or hydrogen peroxide doesn’t soak through the subfloor. A trash bag can work well.

Leave the carpet saturated for a couple of hours. Then, using a wet dry vac, suck up all the water that you can from the carpet. The carpet and padding will need to dry thoroughly before being put back into place. A fan turned on high and directed right at the spot is a good idea. Don’t let the carpet sit wet for longer than 24 hours or mold and mildew will start to grow.

Many have reported success with this method alone. However, if this doesn’t quite do the trick, adding baking soda to the hydrogen peroxide or vinegar in a solution may be needed as well.

How To Get Cat Pee Out Of Carpet – Really Stubborn Spots

For really stubborn spots, when the vinegar and/or peroxide doesn’t work, then you will need to look for commercial cleaners designed for removing pet stains. Some have reported success with a steam cleaner, but on stubborn stains, the smell will probably still remain. You will need “bigger guns” to tackle these stains.

Again, the cause of the smell is bacteria that are feeding on urine residue. So, you will  need to look for a stronger cleaning agent designed for biological stains. The following have been recommened on various online forums:

  • SCOE 10X
  • OdoBan
  • Odormute

Also, Microban disinfectant, an industrial product can be effective. This is designed for use in homes after disasters such as fire or flood. From, Jon-Don, the manufacturer:

The Microban Disinfectant Spray Plus treatment on water losses is recognized by major insurance companies. Protects against germs and odor on virtually any surface.

Microban’s antimicrobial action kills allergy and disease-causing germs, bacteria, fungi, mold, and mildew. Suitable for use on carpets, upholstery and mattresses, Microban Disinfectant Spray Plus is used for decontamination applications including sewage backups, removal of carcasses, and more.

At $32 a gallon, it may seem a bit steep. However, it’s much cheaper than replacing the entire carpet, padding, and subfloor. You can buy direct from Jon-Don.

How To Clean Urine From Carpet – The Worst Case Scenario

If the cat pee has soaked the carpet, padding, and subfloor, you may not be able to get the smell out completely, without total replacement.

If you find that you do need to replace the carpet, then the subfloor will either need to be replaced, patched, or thoroughly sealed. This will eliminate the odor from the bottom up.

If the floor underneath your carpet is hardwood, you may have a ruined floor. In this case, replacement boards are necessary, or unfortunately, a whole new floor. It may be possible to sand the floor down and stain it to hide the pet stains, but when pet urine has soaked into wood, the stain will remain.

Final Steps

It’s worth the small investment for a black light to check out the room for all stains. When you turn off the lights and have only the black light on, urine stains will glow. You may find that there are more spots than you realized. So, even if you think you have effectively treated a patch, if the smell remains it may be you missed a spot, not that the spot you treated is still stinking.

Cat pee is a noxious smell that can cause breathing problems and bad opinions from visitors. However, if you have cats, you will probably have to deal with it at some point. Fortunately, there are many products you can try before having to replace the entire carpet. From easy home remedies, to enzyme solutions at the pet store, to industrial cleaning products, there are lots of solutions to this problem.

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