How can you get cat urine smell out of a garage? I have tried numerous products but nothing seems to work.
Tori from Huntingdon
I don't have cats, so have not tried this remedy, but read it in some newsletter somewhere.
This was a suggestion for eliminating cat urine odor from a mattress, but should also work for other places.
Put witch hazel in a spray bottle and spray the area. In the case of the mattress it advises to let it dry and repeat several times. But if I were trying it on a hard surface, I would let it dry, then rinse the area and dry it, then repeat the process several times until the odor is gone.
REMEDIES FOR PET STAINS & ODORS:
This is how I got rid of that nasty cat pee smell on our floor:
I bought OUT! pet odor neutralizer at Walmart, it works by "eating" any organic stain or odor by using a good bacteria and enzymes. It costs $4.79. The trick is to keep the OUT! wet so the good bacteria stays alive, by covering with plastic wrap or an unused garbage bag. Do not blow dry area as this will kill the good bacteria that eats the stain and smell. OUT! smells like yummy vanilla, which is nice.
The next day, I would repeat the application of the product. On the third day, I would clean the area with vinegar & water. On cement, I would use straight Cider Vinegar, but on rugs & upholstery, use diluted white vinegar. On the 4th day, I would pour plain old drugstore hydrogen peroxide on the area & let it fizz and bubble up anything that's left. Do this and I can bet your cat smell will disappear!
*Never use ammonia to clean up cat urine, as this confuses cats because ammonia smells like urine & they may urinate in the area where the ammonia has been used.
Below are other people's hints for getting rid of pet stains & odors
Recipe #1: Pet Accidents - Odors
This works well on dog or cat accidents. Soak up the urine as much as you can, down to the padding if you can, by using towels, and your own weight. Sprinkle baking soda over the site, leaving overnight, or until completely dry. Vacuum up well. Next add 2 cups of white vinegar to 1 gallon of water, and wash the area deeply and well. The smell of vinegar will disappear as it evaporates.
Recipe #2: Pet Accidents - Odors And Stains
This works well on both pet stain odors and stains. On new, wet areas, soak up the urine very well, or remove as much stool as you can, careful to not scrape it into the carpet. In a plastic disposable container, mix 15 oz. of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 2 level teaspoons of baking soda, a few drops of dish washing soap, and mix well. Pour it slowly on the affected area, soaking the carpet and padding under well. It may bubble a bit, this is normal. Let it dry completely. If there is white residue from the baking soda, don't worry, this will vacuum up. If a slight residue is left, just wipe with a clean sponge and water, after the entire procedure is done. Do not store any of this solution, dispose of any that is left.
Removing cat urine from beds and upholstery is certainly a challenge. It seems that the fabric interacts with the urine so different solutions work with different furniture. I start with a natural cleaner. I found that for anything washable like the removable cushions (in the tub), and sheets and covers, the totally natural Gardens Alive House Cleaner worked wonders. Next, I use baking soda or hydrogen peroxide. If no luck with that, use the enzymes and cover the spot with plastic for at least 12 hours to let the enzymes work (they die if they dry out).
1) Blot stain immediately with paper towels, absorbing as much fluid as possible.
2) Sponge stain with cold water
3) Blot again with paper towels.
4) Mix solution of 1 tbsp. white vinegar and 2 cups warm water.
5) Dab vinegar and water solution on stain.
6) Apply a specialized stain and odor removing bacteria/enzyme cleaner, such as Outright Pet Stain Eliminator, Pet 'Oops' Remover, or Stain Gobbler. If the urine odor persists, follow the manufacturer's directions. (01/19/2007)
If you haven't sealed the floor with something, you can get rid of the odor with a product that I use called odorxit concentrate, available on the web and a few stores. This is the only stuff I have found that really works on my rental property. (08/09/2007)
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