Human Urine Stains

I can't seem to find much info about human urine. During our awful ice storm my elderly mother-in-law stayed with us and wet on my sofa, no amount of cleaning is helping the smell. What will take out the smell. I paid $132.00 to have it cleaned and it stinks!


Nancy from Decatur, IL

December 8, 20060 found this helpful

Perhaps you might want to check with a Nursing Home in your local area and ask them what they do. They deal with this problem every day with some of their elderly patients. Maybe they would have some advise. It is nice to see those who are not afraid to take personal care of the elderly loved one. They truly are special. No offence but a couch can be replaced but she can't. I sure miss those I have lost. We stayed with all 5 of them and I DON'T regret it one minute.

God Bless,


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December 9, 20060 found this helpful

Try vinegar and water. It kills bacteria and it will reduce the smell. Also spray Lysol after you treated with vinegar and water might additionally help reduce the smell. Janitoral supply company might help too. I think the first post was a great idea...contacting a nursing home or even a hospital.

Good luck.


Jennifer CA

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March 15, 20070 found this helpful

O-Kay....what about those of us who don't belong in a home. When I have had a complex partial seizure I've wet my pant & the sofa. Believe it or not, even with epilepsy, my IQ's in the top 5%. So, just put me in a home so my husband doesn't have to clean something up??? How about a constructive answer folks. One third vinegar mixed in warm water works.

Editor's Note: I think you misunderstood the suggestions. They were suggesting that you ask a nursing home for advice because they deal with it a lot, not that they commit the person.

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March 15, 20070 found this helpful

There are a lot of enzyme products out there, like Nature's Miracle. The one that I like best (and is the cheapest) is called "Kids and Pets". I've seen it in many stores or you can buy it online too. I would let it soak in for a day or so and then use a carpet shampooer to get it out. This should help the odor but it might need a couple of applications to really get it all.

I had a new baby and a disgruntled cat at the same time. I had a futon couch that was regularly soaked with urine and this worked for me.

Another idea, weather permitting, is to set it out in the sun. Sunshine has natural deodorizing properties and the fresh air wouldn't hurt it either.

Good Luck,

Jess in Portland, OR

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May 15, 20070 found this helpful

has anybody tried odoban? that stuff works for me on everything...when my cats have an accident outside of the box...odoban, when my friends kid has an accident on my sofa...odoban, when my carpets wet with something mysterious....odoban. it really works. i buy the gallon concentrate at sams and dilute it myself stronger or weaker as it fits my needs....try it.....good luck! rene

p.s. and it smells great....i love it

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July 25, 20070 found this helpful

Thanks for all of the suggestions. My elderly grandmother had a massive heart attack just over a month ago, and we're just now tackling the mess that became of her bedroom and bathroom during the ordeal.

I'll be looking for odoban, and Nature's miracle products, if the vinegar doesn't work. Thanks again.

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October 6, 20130 found this helpful

Something important for people to understand is that urine odor is best removed with COLD water only. While it sounds like hot water is the best way to clean and thus remove the odor, it is COLD water that neutralizes urine odor. My adult son had a surgery which left him incontinent with a dead bladder resulting in the strongest, harshest urine odor I have ever encountered. (and I worked in some pretty bad nursing homes years ago).

For furniture like sofas and mattresses, look for odor neutralizing bacteria agents. Rid X is one such item as is other septic tank chemicals which you can Google regarding removing urine odors from furniture. Febreze and other sprays only cover up and leave stains.

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