Getting cat urine out of the carpet becomes especially pressing in an apartment, where the cramped space makes it easy to smell the sour odor (and the fact that you’ve rented the place means you don’t want to leave any permanent damage behind). Luckily, a few simple tips using common household cleaning supplies can get the stain and stench effectively out of your apartment.
Things Needed For Cat Stain Carpet Cleaning
Gather the following tools together in order to get cat urine out of the carpet:
- Paper towels
- Hand towel or cloth
- Scrub brush
- Hair dryer or fan (optional)
- Black light (optional)
- Wet vacuum (optional)
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 teaspoon dish detergent mixed with 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup cold water
- A commercial cat odor and stain remover (particularly one that attacks enzymes) or
- 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar and
- 1/4 cup warm water
Step 1 – Find, Blot and Rinse
Get the cat urine out of the carpet as soon as possible. Use paper towels to gently blot as much of the urine out as you can, then flush it with cold water and blot the stain again. If you smell an odor but can’t find the stain because it has dried, use a black light, as the stain will glow under the bulb. Once you have found the stain, flush the area with enough cold water to cover the stain. Blot the water out of the carpet.
Step 2 – Use a Cleaning Solution for Carpet Cleaning
A commercial cat odor and stain remover that attacks the enzymes in the cat urine stain might work best here, but you can try and attack the stain with common household products as well. Pour your commercial cleanser or equal parts distilled white vinegar and warm water on your hand towel. Attack the stain with the hand towel in circular motions. Let the solution soak in and air dry, or use a fan or hair dryer to speed up the process.
Step 3 – Apply Baking Soda and Dish Detergent
Next, cover the area completely with baking soda. Apply the dishwasher detergent and warm water solution directly onto the baking soda, and work the mixture into the carpet using a soft-bristled scrub brush. Allow to air dry or use the hair dryer or fan.
Step 4 – Vacuum
Once the baking soda mixture has dried completely, vacuum up the baking soda. If the odor persists, you can repeat steps 3-4 again.
Step 5 – Wet Vacuum
You may have completely gotten the cat urine out of the carpet with the previous steps, but if the odor still lingers, rent or purchase a wet vacuum to use on your carpet. Don’t overload the vacuum with cleaning solutions, as just plain water or water with a bit of dish soap can do an effective job.
In the future, you may not have to get cat urine out of the carpet if you address the problem. Keep your cat’s litter box clean (scoop once to twice a day), get your cat spayed or neutered and use a cat pheromone solution that will discourage your cat from marking that area. If problems persist, you should take your cat to the vet to make sure there are no underlying medical conditions.