My cat has been spraying my furniture and I did not know it until it started to leave a bad ordor. I need to know what is the best home remedy to use for getting rid of the odor.
By Amber from Vickery, OH
If furniture is fabric (I've no idea what to do if it's leather), spray with white vinegar and let dry. Smell next day or so and see if you can smell urine. Repeat.
I saw on "Barking Mad" to dampen a wash cloth and wring out and wipe down cat with cloth and wipe area where cat sprays, as in furniture or window sills, etc. Or have cat checked for urinary tract problems as well. Our female cat sprays on strong, unwashed male clothing left around. I have grandsons. They won't pick up their clothes, but she won't do it if they are clean. (02/22/2010)
Yuk! That happened in my sports car once, in the summer on the seat! Don't get it wet! I learned from a friend who details cars and RVs; cover the area in a thick layer of baking soda and leave it, yes a day or two. You will have to do it several times. You can add a few drops of essential oil, if you like. (My friend uses rosemary, cedar, or the like) you can cover it with newspaper, if material will allow. It takes time, but for me, it really worked. No smell left and I moved to Arizona shortly there afterwords, in the hot summer sun and no smell! Good luck. (02/22/2010)
This is a horrible problem, but easily solved with a good steam cleaner. The bonus is it kills the bacteria also. I went through several models and settled on the Sargent Steam. I couldn't be happier. (02/23/2010)
By Steam Green
Use white vinegar it should remove all of the odor; should it not, get an enzyme cleaner like Natures Miracle. Apply and cover with plastic wrap and leave for 24 hours. (02/25/2010)
As with any product that you would put on your carpet, flooring or furniture, please test for colorfastness. To test for colorfastness, mix a small amount of the solution and place on a hidden area of your carpet. Wait 24 hours or until carpet is dry before proceeding to full treatment.**
We recommend extreme caution when treating fine fabrics and upholstery. You must be extra careful in checking for colorfastness. Do not skip this step, thinking, "Oh, I'm sure it will be fine!" It may not! You must test a hidden area and wait 24 hours before proceeding to a full treatment.**
Place all ingredients in a glass jar or bowl. Gently stir, do not beat or shake, until baking soda is dissolved. If urine is fresh, be sure to blot up any excess urine with dry paper towels or a dry washcloth before the next step. Pour mixture over urine spot, making sure to cover the entire spot. Allow mixture to completely soak the area being treated. Do not rub or scrub! Let sit for 24 hours without disturbing.
After 24 hours, take clean paper towels or a clean, white washcloth and blot up any remaining liquid. (Again, do not rub or scrub.) Allow area to air dry completely. If you are treating carpet, you can vacuum over the area when dry. Makes 16 oz. (2 cups) of solution.
The solution is most active for one hour after mixing. Be sure to apply the solution within this time period for maximum effectiveness.
Do not enclose the mixture in an airtight container, or you could have a big mess on your hands! The reason for this is because when the ingredients are combined they release oxygen. (Remember making "volcanoes" out of baking soda and vinegar when you were a little kid? Similar principle here.)
Two alternate methods of applying the solution are using a spray bottle or a garden watering can. A spray bottle works best for applying the solution to hard surfaces like concrete or linoleum, or to vertical surfaces like walls or shower tile. (This is not the best method for carpet.) Just be sure to thoroughly spray the area you are treating. A garden watering can is best for medium to large areas, indoors or outdoors.
For really tough odors, you may have to treat the area more than once. Carpet, furniture, and mattresses typically require 1-2 treatments. Concrete, wood, tile, and other hard surfaces usually need 3-5 treatments (1 treatment per day).
For concrete and other hard surfaces, you want to make enough of the recipe to completely cover the stain. Pour or spray the solution on and let it soak, soak, soak. Do not mop or wipe up. Let it sit for 24 hours (depending on the humidity level, it will usually evaporate during this time). Repeat the treatment once a day for 3-5 days.
For mattresses, the best thing to do is to make a double, triple, or even quadruple batch of the recipe, enough to completely cover the stain, and then really pour it on. Don't be afraid of saturating the mattress. The urine has gone deep into the mattress, so you need to make sure that there's enough solution to go deep into the mattress as well. The solution has to reach the urine to neutralize it. We recommend treating the mattress in the morning so that the solution can work through the day. The mattress will often be dry enough for use by bedtime. (02/27/2010)
One of my listings had a bad, bad kitty smell as I call it. It was so bad it was hard to be in the house. I talked to one of my other Realtor friends that actually had problems with a previous cat of hers peeing on her leather furniture.
After a week of spraying Anti-Icky Poo (I LOVE the name!) on the vinyl and on the woodwork in the kitchen, the smell vanished completely! My friend has new cats, and they haven't even noticed that a previous cat had urinated on the furniture! It's pricey, but it saved me from a huge headache.
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