In this blog post I’ll give you some of my best tips on how to clean cat urine on different surfaces.
Cleaning cat urine can either be simple or challenging. It depends upon the material, the location, and how long the urine has been sitting there, waiting for you to discover it.
Cleaning Tips for Tile Floors:
My favorite (if there is such a thing!) surface is tile. Tile floors don’t soak up cat urine, and they clean up easily with any enzyme cleaner I have on hand. I prefer light colored tile, as the bright yellow of the urine stands out boldly, proclaiming its right to be there. Ugh.
This is straightforward: get some paper towels, your favorite cleaner, and go to work. Wipe up the excess urine, and spray the area down. I like to let the enzyme cleaner ferment for a couple minutes, to make sure it’s really eating those bacteria like it’s supposed to.
Cleaning Tips for Wood Floors:
Cleaning cat urine from wood floors is dicey. If the floors have been properly finished and sealed, it’s no worse than cleaning up a tile floor. On the other hand, if it’s a floor that hasn’t been refinished properly, and has furrows between the planks a mouse could drive through…that cat urine is going to obey gravity and go DOWN. Deep in the cracks.
This is the time to have a strong pressure spray bottle. By squirting directly into the cracks, my hope is to drive out the urine by displacement. Either that, or fill the poor crack with enough enzyme cleaner to fill a pool. Mop up the excess. Repeat as necessary.
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Cleaning tips for other easy surfaces:
Furniture surfaces, such as desks, dressers, and table tops. Scout has even blessed the fireplace mantel. That was a disaster, because there’s an electrical outlet up there as well, and when she let fly, the SPARKS JUST FLEW. I’m surprised her rear end didn’t catch fire – no kidding. I was screaming in fear.
That little adventure required the electrician to come in. $300 some dollars later, we were whole. We lost the use of most of the living room outlets until I could get the guy in. I have more adventures when it comes to cleaning cat urine than I don’t know what.
Have you ever smelled burning cat urine?
You won’t forget it. Combine it with burning electrical wires, and you have a lingering odor that plants itself deep in your memory, not to mention your nasal passages.
Anyways, once the fire subsided (I didn’t need to call the fire department, thank the whoever), I mopped up urine, burned paint chips, ashes and a ton of cat hair. I gingerly applied enzyme cleaner as best as I could around the damaged electrical outlet. The rest of the smell faded with time. Eventually, I painted the mantel again.
Scout never climbed up on the mantel again. Gee, I wonder why?
As for other furniture surfaces, cleaning cat urine is usually (in my experience) is easy to wipe away. I often find I need to treat table tops more than once though, before the smell is eradicated.
Cleaning Tips for Tough Surfaces:
Cleaning Tips for Concrete:
Explain this one to me. Cat urine seems to like to soak into concrete and cement. Cleaning cat urine from these surfaces can be a little lengthy. Here’s what works for me:
Mop up the excess cat urine as thoroughly as possible. Dry the concrete and cement as best as you can. Next, I completely soak paper towels (big layers) with an enzyme cleaner and place them on the affected area. I leave the enzyme-soaked paper towels on the soiled area for several hours. I remove the layers, let the concrete dry for a few hours, then I give it the old sniff test. If it passes, fine. If not, I repeat the application.
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Cleaning Tips for Rugs:
Cleaning cat urine on throw rugs isn’t too bad…take them outside, blot the heck out of the area, and I soak down the rug with enzyme cleaner at least once, possibly twice. Do this on BOTH sides, not just the affected side. Again, you may have to repeat the application.
And let’s not forget:
Cleaning Tips for Carpeting:
Oh, how I shudder when it comes to cleaning cat urine from carpeting. The darn thing is tacked, and/or glued down to the floor surface, so how in the world do you reach underneath?
Blot up the excess liquid first. Spray down, or pour a generous amount of enzyme cleaner onto the carpet area.
Repeat if necessary until the smell and odor are gone. I hope for your sake kitty didn’t urinate on a light colored rug!
I have known folks to hire professionals to come in, remove the carpeting, treat and clean the floor and the rug, and put it all back together again. I’ve heard of mixed results. Myself, I wasn’t so lucky cleaning cat urine from my semi-nice cream colored Berber carpet upstairs. I spent the better part of one weekend, ripping it out by sections, and treating the wood floor underneath.
Then I contracted to have the floors done, and spent weeks cleaning up the sawdust residue. Call it the lingering legacy of cat urine.
Cleaning Tips for Furniture:
Upholstered furniture holds cat urine odor quite nicely. There’s nothing like a kitty gift that keeps on giving.
The trick is get to the root of the problem early, before the bacteria in the urine settles down, unpacks its bags, and decides to squat permanently.
The older the urine, more stubborn it is to remove. Cleaning cat urine from furniture has got to be the most challenging task, next to carpeting.
If it’s a fresh discovery, blot up the liquid as best as possible. Pull off cushions if you can. Don’t forget the floor underneath! Test a small patch of upholstery on the furniture in a place that isn’t noticeable.
If the enzyme cleaner stains or ruins the color, it’s time to visit your local furniture store. If not, I spray down the affected area thoroughly, let it soak in, and dry. If repeated applications are needed, I do as many as I need.
Don’t let kitty mark your bed – buy a plastic mattress protector! Cleaning cat urine from mattresses and box springs pretty much follows the drill for furniture and carpeting. Blot, soak, let dry, sniff…repeat.
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There you have it…my tips on cleaning cat urine odor from various surfaces.
If you have some tips, please share them! I’ll post them from time to time.
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