How to Get Cat Urine Out of the Rug

Owners of indoor cats often find that their feline disregards its litter box in favor of urinating on the rug. The reasons that a cat may do this are varied; the owner would do well to figure out the source of the problem in order to prevent further incidences. Yet, when a cat relieves itself in an inappropriate place, owners are often quick to try to clean up the mess and baffled when the distinct odor of cat urine lingers in the area. Cleaning and deodorizing an area where a cat has urinated can be challenging, but with a methodical approach, it can be accomplished.

Cleaning Fresh Stains

  1. Blot the urine-soaked area with a clean, dry towel, or several absorbent paper towels. Press the blotting material firmly onto the spot for approximately 30 seconds; do not rub. Use a dry area of the material to continue soaking up the urine, as the towel becomes saturated.

  2. Rinse the contaminated area with clean water from a spray bottle. Blot the area with clean, absorbent material until most of the water is removed.

  3. Sprinkle the area with baking soda. Blot the area with clean, absorbent material to remove the baking soda. Continue this process until the baking soda ceases to be color tainted from the urine.

  4. Blot up the excess. Then sprinkle fresh baking soda and leave it overnight. Vacuum the area thoroughly the next day.

Cleaning Recently Dried Urine Stains

  1. Mix 1 quart of warm water with 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Use a spray bottle to saturate the stained area with the mixture.

  2. Place towels over the stained area. Weigh the towel down with a heavy object to apply pressure to the area.

  3. Allow to rest for 24 hours. Then remove the towel and use a soft-bristled brush to raise the carpet or rug nap.

Cleaning Old or Heavy Cat Urine Stains

  1. Rent a carpet cleaning machine from your local hardware store.

  2. Follow the manufacturer's instructions when using the machine, but do not add any chemicals to the tank. Instead, use only clean, warm water to extract the stain. Then allow it to dry.

  3. Spray a cleaning product that contains 3 percent hydrogen peroxide on the stained area. Wait 5 minutes. Use a clean, absorbent material to blot up the moisture until it is dry.

  4. Apply a high quality pet odor neutralizer to the affected area. Follow the product instructions for application.

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