Safely Clean Dried Cat Urine from Carpets

Lately, cats have become a sensation in internet memes, and people can’t stop laughing. Regardless, you have to admit these furry friends are adorable. There is some science that links having a cat to improved quality of life.

But despite all the benefits of owning a cat, there is a downside. Cat pee can drive anyone up the wall if they are short of ideas on how to effectively clean it.

Don't get rid of the cat just yet. Instead, try the following methods to clean dried cat urine from the carpet. And of course, you are welcome!

Using vinegar or enzymatic-based cleaner

Ideally, you should clean the cat pee as quickly as possible. According to experts, the smell of cat pee worsens the longer it is days. However, using vinegar can be quite useful in getting rid of cat urine, and it's odor from the carpet. 

The dried urine stains contain alkaline salts, and the acid in the vinegar neutralizes it effectively. 

  • Mix water and vinegar in the ratio of 1 is to 1 and clean the floors and walls where you notice the smell of cat pee. 
  • Vinegar has its smell, but it will subside within a few days, and taking the cat pee smell with it.

The enzyme-based cleaners work by breaking down cat urine by targeting the acid in it. The detergents effectively get rid of the urine and the smell as well. These cleaners also have helpful enzymes and bacteria that get rid of the smell, in an effective manner.

The good news is that your local pet store may have the enzyme-based cleaner in their stock. 

  • Clean the area with a brush to remove dirt and debris. You can use a carpet vacuum cleaner to pick up the small pieces before using the enzyme-based cleaner.
  • Blot up as much urine as possible using a piece of clean cloth and rinse the area with clean water. Use dry wet vacuum to clean the area further. However, you should not use the steam cleaner as it can make the cat urine stain to set more rapidly. 
  • Make sure that you get the right spot because the cat can smell the previous place, and use it again. 
  • Follow the directions on the enzyme-based cleaner and use it on all the areas that you suspect to have dried cat urine. Mostly, the cleaner comes in a spray bottle, but that won't do much good. Remove the sprayer and douse a generous amount on the smelly stain. Let the enzyme-based cleaner sit for about 10 minutes or so. Then use a clean cloth to blot up as much as possible. 
  • Keep the cat from returning to the spot during the cleaning process by covering it with a laundry basket. An aluminum baking sheet or aluminum foil can also stop the cat from using the area. 
  • For very odorous stains or very old stains, you may need to reapply the enzyme-based cleaner. Sometimes, the urine can reach the sub-flooring by seeping through the carpet. You can lift this staying by using elbow grease and carpet cleaner. An oil-based stain-blocking primer can neutralize the scent that won't go away. You can as well replace the padding or that area of the carpet. 
  • Avoid ammonia-based cleaners because they may not be as effective in getting rid of the dried cat urine. Ammonia is the same substance in the cat urine, and it would be counterproductive to use it.