How to Remove Cat Urine From Carpet

cat urine in carpet

There is nothing worse than getting home from work or shopping and walking in the front door to the smell of old cat pee in your carpet. It sticks in the back of your throat and is embarrassing if you are entertaining friends. Cat urine is a real problem because it contains a high content of salt, uric acid, and other residual components which makes the urine odor last for many years in carpet, underlay and flooring substrates.

As an Odor Removal Expert, I will share the best way to clean cat pee from carpet.

Apply generously to the cat urine a premixed oxidising fluid and leave for 5 minutes ensuring the product penetrates deep and comes in contact with all the residues. The chemicals will react with the urine to break down the salt, uric acid, urea and bacteria and remove the odor. To finish extract the area with a carpet cleaning wand or use towels to soak up the residues and leave to dry.

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Step 1 : Identify where the cat urine is. (Very Important)

If you do not know where the cat pee odor is coming from, then here are some tips to help find the source of the contamination. Not knowing where the contamination is leads to applying a urine neutralizer in the wrong areas and wasting product. It also leads to potentially missing the spots that are affected and in doing so the smell will remain.
To find the area that the cat has used as a toilet:

  • Check the back of furniture and in corners of the room where the furniture is located.
  • Look in social areas such the TV room, the sitting room, any areas that have lounge suites and furniture.
  • Look also at areas where a cat is able to get behind and pee up against the piece of furniture. The urine will run off into the carpet and if the cat is doing this repeatedly then this could be the main source of the odor.
  • Look behind couches, chairs and furniture for yellow staining, or moist damp areas.

Step 2: Find the cat urine by spraying our formula on the carpet and look for white foaming as shown.

Most of the issues we have fixed over the years were caused by owners not be able to find the contaminations and missing the area where the cat has gone to the toilet. Lightly spray the odor neutralizer onto the top of the carpet and look for white foaming. This technique makes it easy to locate where the cat has urinated and will ensure you treat the correct area. Once you locate the areas mark with white chalk.
The chemicals in the formula will react with any urine or feces present and will foam showing you where you should treat.

Look for white foaming which indicates a contamination as shown

Step 3: Douse the area with our DIY Cat Urine Neutralizer

Now that you have located the areas where your cat has urinated you need to apply a cat urine neutralizer and make sure it comes in contact with all the cat wee.
You can pour it from a plastic container as shown or spray the product with a spray pac but either way you need to give the cat urine contamination a generous application and leave for half and hour to work.
The formulation will begin to break down the all the residues including uric acid and alkaline crystals aka salt!

Once you mix our formula the chemicals start reacting together straight away and will be live for approximately an hour so you need to work fast. Never store the product and ensure all is used on the urine contamination.

Douse the area in Formula 2

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Step Four. Removing the residues using a wet vac.

When the foaming has stopped you can remove the residues with old towels or you can suck them up with a wet vacuum cleaner. I often flush the area with warm water and then suck that up along with the residues. Old towels does just as good a job but you do need a lot of them as they soak up the residues pretty quickly. If it is a hot summers day then the area will dry quite quickly.
If it is cold and wintery use a lot of towels and then put a dehumidifier in the room to assist in the drying process. This is how to get urine smell out of carpet

Use a wet vac wand to extract the area and suck up the residues

Removing the residues using towels. (If no wet vac available)

Or use folded up towels to soak up the residues placing a weight on the towel such as your knee or a heavy weight. Change the towel once it becomes sodden and keep changing until you have soaked up all the residues. You can stand on the towel or knee on it what ever is easier for you.

Use towels to soak up the cat urine residues

Step 5. Leave the area for one week and then reassess the cat urine odor.

Although you have extracted and soaked up the residues the product will continue to work in the carpet for one week. One of the components will stay in the carpet and continue to work on any remaining residues that the oxidizer has not destroyed. This is why it is important to leave for a week and ensure your cat can not get back to the same spot and pee again. Cats are quite habitual so make sure you are in the room when ever the cat is around and lock him/her in the garage or outside when you are not home or in that room.

Here are some cat urine odor removal tips from The Odor Dude that may help you.

* Cat Urine is a real problem because it contains a high content of salt which makes the urine odor last for many years to come in carpet, furniture and concrete floors. This is why you need a reactive solution as we suggest.
* The odor tends to intensify and create odor issues when the humidity is high or the temperature in the room warms up. Ensure you do not let it get to this point by treating as early as possible.
* Often over winter time, cat urine odor tends to be quite dull and not a major problem. Then comes the first day of spring and the room is filled with that disgusting cat pee odor as it heats up.

No problem but make sure you treat it the first day of spring.

Conclusion – Getting Rid of Cat Pee Smell in Carpet

We all love our cats and they do bring alot of joy but when they choose to pee on your lovely carpet it is not ideal and can cause a bad smell which not only stinks but is embarassing when you have visitors! The best way to get rid of the cat pee smell in your carpet is to get onto it as soon as you can. By following the above steps, I have no doubt it will help tackle your cat pee problems. I hope this has been helpful in allowing you to fully understanding how to remove cat urine from carpet.

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