How do I remove cat urine smell from my carpet?
By Louie from Fontana, CA
I suggest an enzymatic cleaner. The enzymes eat up the urine, feces, vomit, etc. We got Petzyme at Petsmart; I think that's their brand. But you can find other enzymatic cleaners elsewhere.
They had some spray bottles, and a big jug of concentrate (mix in your own bottle). We went with the big jug, and it's working well for us. Best of luck! (03/02/2010)
These enzyme cleaners are simply amazing! They work by making the organic components in the pee, blood, and hairballs quickly break-down and degrade naturally. If you can find it, I like the brand called "Out!" (only $5). You saturate the carpet and padding with the enzyme pet cleaner then you cover the area with a piece of plastic (like a recycled plastic bag) The plastic keeps the product wet so it can continue to work. If the area is really soiled, repeat the process.
If there is still a stubborn odor, you can spray or pour cheap hydrogen peroxide on the area. But don't use peroxide before the enzyme cleaner or it will kill the good bacteria and enzymes in the cleaner. Before using peroxide on a dark-colored carped do a spot test for colorfastness.
If you like, you can follow this with a 1 part vinegar 3 parts water mixture to remove any additional smells. Never use ammonia to clean up pet stains because the ammonia smell reminds the pet of the ammonia in their pee and they will continue to go back to that area and pee!
To help keep a cat from going back to pee in that area, use a citrus-scented room spray because many cats hate the smell of orange and citrus.
There is another veterinary strength enzyme pet cleaner called "OutRight" it will even remove skunk odor. You will pay 5 times as much as for the "Out!" brand, especially if you buy it at a vet, but it is amazing stuff. If you buy this product, be sure it says "veterinary strength". (03/02/2010)
Do not use Lysol or bleach or any disinfectant/cleaner on cat pee or you will ruin your ability to remove the odor effectively. This may account for some who say "enzymes didn't work" because they used them after they used some sort of disinfectant first. Enzymes seem to be the only solution to these problems, as they actually eat the urine and turn it into something that's easier to deal with. But using disinfectants "first" will "kill" those enzymes on contact.
It's best to do a little prep.
If you suspect it's getting too wet set up a fan directly on the area. On carpet, you can also use a large mound of table salt on the wet area after you've removed as much liquid as possible with paper towels; salt will absorb an amazing amount of remaining liquid. It will harden like a rock overnight and you simply toss the hardened salt in the garbage and vacuum the remainder. Hope this helps. Regards. (03/10/2010)
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