If you have a pet urinate on your furniture you know how difficult it is to clean up. Even if you get to it right away the smell can still linger for a longtime afterward. This is a guide about removing pet urine smell from furniture.
Many years ago a vet tech suggested using hydrogen peroxide to remove pet odors from carpet, rather than buying the all too expensive store bought cleaners. I gave it a try and have been hooked ever since. Test an area of the carpeting/upholstery first, then soak the area you're treating with peroxide. Let it dry completely. The odor won't disappear until it is completely dry so don't be impatient, give it time. If it's a stubborn/very strong odor, you may need to repeat the process, but when you're done, the odor will be completely gone and you will have saved a lot of $$.
My small dog keeps peeing on my couch, clothes, anywhere possible. The problem I have is I'd like to get rid of the smell and deter my dog from peeing inside. Can anyone help please.
January 9, 2015
You need an enzymatic cleaner. Pet stores sell enzymatic carpet and upholstery cleaners just for this purpose. Use a small black light to be sure it's clean. They sell these as well. In the laundry, use an enzymatic cleaner such as OxyClean.
By Janet 1
What do I use to get pet urine odor out of my furniture? Please help, I hate the smell.
December 18, 2010
My sister in law uses Windex window cleaner, takes it right out. Spritz it on, use paper towel to wipe up, and let dry.
By Glory 1
I had a large dog that leaked urine when she slept on the couch. How do I remove that smell?
By Glory from Franklin Lakes, NJ
July 9, 2012
If the urine has turned the wood black you may not be able to get the black out. You could try sanding it down to see how far the wood has turned black. The process of "fuming with ammonia" was used in mission style furniture to darken the wood. The ammonia reacts with the tannins in the wood and turns it dark. The same thing happens when the dog urine breaks down into ammonia.
You could fume with ammonia to get the rest of the wood the same color. I think it is as easy as putting the furniture in a large plastic enclosure or some other enclosure and putting a pan of ammonia in with it.
To get rid of any urine smell on the furniture you need to use a bacterial product like Natures Miracle or Ridex. Apply it and cover with plastic for a few days. It needs to stay moist for the bacteria to break down the organic matter in the urine.
My kids have a plastic picnic table that we keep outside under our carport. A tom has sprayed it and now it reeks to high heaven. Anyone know a way to get rid of the smell?
By guest (Guest Post) Flag
February 18, 2008
My cat recently used my bath as a toilet and has left a few yellow stained patches!
Can these be removed? we have tried certain cleaning products but have had no joy.
marcb401 AT hotmail.com
By tommi 1
What is a good way to get cat urine and cat smell out of furniture?
What product can I use to eliminate urine smells, cat and dog, the ammonia smell, from wood furniture? It has not been urinated on, the smell from the area soaked into the wood. I am looking for a product to spray or wipe on to destroy this odor on the furniture wood and metal.
By John W. from Whitehall, MI
Try one of the enzyme soak products. I use Natures Miracle. All the pet stores have them. Soak the spot well and allow it to dry naturally. Drying can take a day or more depending on how deep the liquid went. Make sure to get the soak as deep as the original accident went. When it is dry the smell will be gone. On occasion I have had to repeat if I was not able to get most of the original accident out before treating. Good luck.
I recently got a female puppy. After a few days I realized that my male dog was "marking" on everything the female was laying on, including my bed and living room furniture. How do I get the dried stains and smell out of my stuff?
PetSmart does have quite a few cleaners available (I recently adopted a 5 month old pup) but the one thing that stuck in my mind all the years I had my previous dog (17 wonderful years) was a solution one of the local vets gave on a tv show, 1 part vinegar to 3 parts warm water. Spray and sponge as often as needed. this was also suppose to neutralize the urine so the dog didn't go back to the same spot. (12/21/2004)
By VICKY K
Vinegar water will neutralize the smell the odor of vinegar will dissipate. (12/25/2004)
The best cleaner I've ever found is Nature's Miracle. It gets both the stain and oder out of carpet. I was also amazed that it got cat urine out of my couch. It's sold at PetSmart, PetCo and most other pet stores. Not real cheap though. (12/25/2004)
Go to your local drugstore and get women's douche products. I know this sounds crazy but it works. I went to the vet to get something for this problem, he wanted to sell me a bottle of cleaner for $30, I told him there has got to be a cheaper cleaner. He told me what he uses at his home and I gave it a try. It works better the anything I have ever tried. I have used it in the rinse water for the rug cleaner and in a spray bottle. I always get the powder mix, the only place I have found it though is at Osco stores. I have been using this cleaning methods for my animals for 12 years. (01/01/2005)
The only product I've found that really works is Petfresh pet urine remover, Petfresh ltd UK. It actually removes the urine crystal and it does remove cat urine perfectly (01/09/2005)
The best stuff to get is called "ODORMUTE" it can be found at petstores. It's an original enzyme formula that can be used on virtually anything from furniture to fabric, kennels, animal shelters, anywhere or anything and it can be used to control skunk odor. There toll free number is 1 800 537-1601. Good luck because it worked for us to kill the smell of urine from previous owners. (their dog) (02/06/2005)
Newspapers work wonders on removing smells. My cat peed all over my couch one time, and I tried all kinds of things to get rid of the smell. What finally worked was newspaper. I took a newspaper and opened it up and spread several sheets all over the couch. Then I placed an old blanket on top of the newspapers so that we could still use the couch. I left it this way for several days. When I removed the blanket and newspapers, the smell was finally gone! (12/19/2006)
Our older cat (17) just recently started having "accidents" around the house. He has done this twice now on our brand new suede sofa. How can I safely remove the urine and the smell without harming the fabric?
Beverly from League City, TX
I am not sure about the odor, but have you had your cat checked for feline leukemia? I had an older cat that did that also and she was sick. Poor kitty. Hope you find a solution for the odor, I know how that hard that can be. (11/21/2005)
There is a product called Urine out that you can purchase..works great. I have worked for a veterinarian for over 28 years and if I were you, I would have your cat tested for diabetes. Ask your Dr. to do a urinalysis. Frequent and unexpected urinating can be a symptom...Good luck (04/28/2006)
How do I get dog urine smell out of couch? I have tried several products from febreeze to products from pet stores. Still no luck getting rid of the smell, what else can I do?
Cec Kennedy from Burns, KS
If the urine has actually soaked into the couch upholstery, you're pretty much out of luck because you'll never get deep enough to get it. For surface cleaning, vinegar and water is the best. Never use ammonia; ammonia is a component of urine and it will just encourage the animal to reuse the same spot. (03/05/2007)
Spray it with hydrogen peroxide. let dry. Repeat if needed. (03/05/2007)
Simply try some baking soda, I do for the carpet in our computer room and it seems to do the trick. Just sprinkle on, let sit overnight and vacuum up. (03/05/2007)
By S in Tampa, FL
Get an enzymatic cleaner (Urine Gone, Nature's Miracle, etc.). Walmart has a couple of versions; just make sure it says somewhere on the bottle that it has enzymes. Then, the trick is to totally saturate the area and LET AIR DRY. Don't add cleaner, dilute it w/ water, or add any other substance. You have to leave it alone to let the enzyme action work and if the area was previously treated w/ some other type of cleaner, you may have to do several applications. You can buy urine gone w/ a black light that will light up the urine areas in the dark. It works well. As long as the area is still "lighting up", keep applying the enzymatic cleaner. Once the area no longer lights up, you can go back over it w/ cleaner if needed. (The urine gone discolored my carpets where I sprayed it but the spots came out completely w/ regular steam cleaning after the enzymatic cleaner had done it's work.) (03/05/2007)
How to get rid of cat urine odor on a cloth chair?
Wanda from St. Marys, GA
Try Nature's Miracle from Petco/Petsmart - excellent at removing cat urine, especially from carpets, but try small test spot first to make sure it doesn't take color out of your chair. So sorry about your cat - hope there is nothing seriously wrong... (07/10/2007)
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X-O ODOR NEUTRALIZER
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It comes in 3 sizes
The best thing I have found for any urine is X.O. I have been using this for years and it will eliminate the odor on your furniture , it will not stain. I had a dog pee on my bed, I just saturated it and you can't even tell where the spot was.
I have been dealing with a cat that has on again off again bladder infections. I found a great product right on the shelf in WalMart. It is called Kids N Pets it is about $5 at my Wally World. It is fantastic. My dog also had diarrhea on my living room carpet (the only room with carpet) and this removed the smell and the stain.
I always have a bottle of it in the house.
Good Luck!! (07/16/2007)
The only problem I see is that when you add enzymes to the stain what happens to the urine? You are not removing it you are basically are waiting for it to dry.
I would take a enzyme product mix it 4:1 pour on stained area and then extract with a extraction machine or shop vac and repeat until the urine is rinsed out or diluted enough to that I feel like it has been clean.
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How do you remove urine stains from a couch? My dog submissively peed a little, but now when we sit down (after cleaning it and Febreezing it), you get a whiff of urine. How do I get rid of that without getting rid of the couch?
Joanna from Albany, NY
Pet urine can be removed with outright pet odor eliminator. You can purchase it at Petco, Pet Smart, or Walmart pet dept. Follow the directions. More difficult odor might require a professional deep clean in furniture. May require that the furniture be saturated and extracted with a truck mount. There are many methods that pros use that might scare a home owner to try on their own. These various methods require specialist trained in the field so the furniture can be reused. Mattresses are a common urine source, both human and animal. Good luck. (04/03/2008)
By Atlanta luster kleen
Cleaning with vinegar or anything like that will only attract the animal back to the smell because it is citric, like their urine. Make a mixture of 1/4 cup tea tree oil and 1 cup water, spray area right away with the mixture and let sit as long as possible. Before site dries, use a chamois with books on it to add pressure to the area, that should help. If you can sprinkle baking soda to the area every day for about a week, and when you come home, use a brush to really dig it down in and let it sit again for an hour, then vacuum. This usually works. (12/07/2008)
The enzyme products work the best. I would be careful of the home made solutions - sometimes they cause more damage. I like the products from www.getthesmellout.com.
You can get the urine out of furniture cushions if you saturate the area. Give it some time to work. Re: the cushion with just water. Put the cushion into a plastic garbage bag and use a shop vac to suck the bag - like the vac storage bags on the infomercials. You will be able to extract most of the water out. (01/11/2009)
I have been cleaning an 8x8 foot section of stinky pee from my bad little pomapoo for the last few days. I'd guess I went over it about 20 times with my steam cleaner and Bissel pet stain solution. The stains are gone, but the smell is enough to knock out a sumo wrestler. Amazing how a 5 pound dog can cause this amount of rank! I just tried Listerine mixed with white vinegar and can smell an instant improvement! I think there's a light at the end of this pee tunnel. Thanks! (01/20/2009)
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Thanks for all the help but I found that a simple solution of Hydrogen Peroxide and white vinegar will help get rid of the color. I'm going to try a little Borax later on to get rid of the odor of the doggie pee and the vinegar. You may use this on your website if you want, but all in all I would like it if you give me a little bit of credit, but you can still use it. =) Thanks again for all your help, and for your time (to read this message). It really helped me a lot. Oh yeah, my dog thanks you as well (for keeping him out of really big trouble). =) (02/16/2009)
We have a cat that seems to have a problem holding his bladder. He has urinated on our furniture in his sleep. How do we get rid of the smell? I have tried everything, the smell just keeps coming back.
Heather from NY
That just happened to me. I took off the cushion covers and crossed my fingers and put them in the washing machine. Along with the soap, I added some ODO-BAN, (you can get it at Walmart or Sam's) and a lot of it! Maybe a cup and a half.
Then when the rinse cycle came up, I doubled the amount of the great smelling fabric softener. Dried them in the dryer, too on the easy cycle. Guess what? It worked. Do this at your own risk, as I did, but mine was old stuff and maybe I was lucky. All I know is I can't smell cat urine on them anymore.
Now, can anyone tell me how to get the smell out of the carpet. For good? I have 6 indoor cats. (10/23/2008)
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How do I get cat pee smell out of my furniture?
By Sarah from Philadelphia, PA
My vet recommended Vodka, actually. Just mildly soak the stain and let it dry. It won't remove the stain just the smell. (08/27/2010)