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How to Get Cat Pee Out of Carpet: A Step-by-Step Guide

So your beloved feline has gotten urine on your carpet. Whether this was intentional or by accident, nonetheless it still is stinking up your house.

As most of us know, cat urine carries a very strong smell that is hard to get out of clothing and even carpets. However, there are several ways you can remove cat urine smell for good. 

In this article, we will explore how you can effectively neutralize the odor of cat pee and remove the urine from the carpet as well. That way when your kitty decides to go outside their litter box, you will be prepared. 

The Ultimate Guide: How to Clean Cat Pee from Carpet

Here is a step-by-step guide on the cleaning process of removing cat urine from your carpet.

Things you will need
Things you will need

1. Identify the source of the urine smell on your carpet.

2. Blot up as much urine as possible with a towel or paper towel while it’s still fresh. Dispose in the trash or wash.

3. Mix 1/2 vinegar and water into a spray bottle, or use an enzyme cleaner to spray in the area. Do not over-spray.

4. Grab paper towels or rags and start blotting or patting the affected area.

5. Rinse using warm water, use a spray bottle or a carpet cleaner if on hand.

6. Repeat this process until the stain is gone and the odor is neutralized.

7. If you want to, you can use an enzyme spray such as Nature’s Miracle to keep the odor away and prevent the area from staining.

Tackling Cat Pee Stains: Easy Carpet Cleaning Tips

When your cat pees on the carpet, your first instinct is to grab whatever carpet cleaner you have and try to get it up. Did you know you could be making this problem worse by using just any cleaner?

When removing cat urine from carpets, you do not want to use any cleaning solution that has ammonia in it. So say goodbye to Lysol and other all-purpose cleaners because if you do, you will only intensify the smell. 

Do not use ammonia-based products
Do not use ammonia-based products

Before you do anything, you will want to grab some paper towels and dry up the area as best you can. Soaking up as much urine will not only help you eliminate the odor from your floor but will also allow you to keep your carpet pad cleaner for longer. 

Bye-Bye Cat Pee Smell: Effective Carpet Odor Removal

As our previous section stated above, you want to steer clear of ammonia-based products such as Lysol or any all-purpose cleaners. You will only be intensifying the smell at that point.

Instead, what you want to do is grab white vinegar (apple cider vinegar works as well) and water to create an acidic solution that is much more concentrated than the urine itself. 

In the next section, we will explain some tricks you can do when it comes to clearing the air from that musty cat pee smell.

Cat Urine Woes? Carpet Cleaning Tricks Revealed

When you mix equal parts of white vinegar and water, you will want to blot the solution onto the affected area with either a rag or some paper towels. You do not want to rub your cloth on the area, as this will likely spread the cat urine and it may leak into the carpet’s base pad.

Remember, never rub the area, always blot or dab, and try not to spread the cleaning solution you use onto the clean carpet surrounding the stain. If you can soak up most if not all the urine then your job has been made so much easier. 

Removing Cat Pee: Carpet Cleaning Methods That Work

Other than using on-hand products such as vinegar and water, there are other cleaning methods that can get the smell of cat urine out of your home. Here are some cleaning methods that are used to get rid of cat pee:

  1. Hiring a professional carpet cleaning service.
  2. Removing the carpet altogether.
  3. Using an enzyme-based cleaner.
  4. Pouring Hydrogen Peroxide on the affected area.
  5. Sprinkling baking soda on the stain and vacuuming after it has been dried.

These methods are great at not only cleaning up the stain and removing the odor, but they also do not cost a lot of money.

If you plan on hiring a professional if your area has a mass amount of cat pee, it will be worth it in the long run, to have it cleaned rather than replacing the whole carpet.

Say Goodbye to Cat Urine: Carpet Cleaning Made Simple

A simple way you can get rid of your feline’s urine is to use a carpet cleaner and shampoo the area after you deodorize with one of the methods listed above. 

Whether you buy a store-bought carpet cleaner or hire a professional to do it, not only will you get rid of the waste your pet has left behind and the smell, but it could also pull up previous accidents your kitty left and you didn’t catch it. Making this the simplest way you could dispose of your pet’s accident.

Cleaning Up After Your Feline: Cat Pee on Carpet Solutions

While you could just use enzymatic cleaners, vinegar, and baking soda to clean cat urine, there are a few solutions you can use to prevent your feline from urinating on the floor.

1. One solution is to line their litter box with pet pads as you would for puppy training, that way your carpet won’t necessarily pay the price and you can dispose of the pads after use. 

2. Moving the box to a non-carpeted floor is a second solution. If the litter box is on carpet and your cat misses the box, instead of keeping the box in the same place you can move it to make cleaning easier to remove the urine stains and smells.

3. Buying another box if you have multiple cats is an easy fix to keeping your cats from fighting over territory and marking around your house. It could be as simple as one cat not letting the other do their business in the same box as them, so getting two boxes solves that, and no more urine on your carpet. 

Clean litter box frequently
Clean litter box frequently

4. Clean the litter box more frequently. If you are not cleaning the litter box frequently, your cat may not want to use the box if they think it is overwhelming or dirty. Keeping up on using the cat litter scoop and disposing of the waste makes your cat happy and your home smelling clean.

Michael F

Michael F

Owner, Elevated Cleaning

Michael started Elevated Cleaning to help fill a gap in the Florida cleaning market. With a focus on quality, and a passion for giving back to the community, Elevated Cleaning continues to serve hundreds of happy homeowners each month.

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Michael F.

Michael F.

Owner, Elevated Cleaning

Michael started Elevated Cleaning to help fill a gap in the Florida cleaning market. With a focus on quality, and a passion for giving back to the community, Elevated Cleaning continues to serve hundreds of happy homeowners each month.

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