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How To Get Cat Urine Odors Out Of Carpet

by Jamie Carpenter

Many people enjoy keeping cats as pets. After all, they are fairly low maintenance, are fun to play with, and love to cuddle. Unfortunately, having a cat as a pet also means dealing with the nearly-impossible-to-eliminate odor of cat urine. So if you're a car owner, you need to know exactly what to do if your cat decides to urinate on your carpet. Follow these steps to clean and restore your soiled carpet.

Step 1: Find Urine Spots with a Black Light

One of the main reasons that smell of cat urine is difficult to eliminate is because once the soiled area dries, you don't usually see a stain. If you solely follow your sense of smell to try to pinpoint the soiled spot, there's a good chance you'll miss the target completely. Fortunately, cat urine glows underneath a black light, so the first thing you need to do is use your amateur forensic skills to find the cat urine.

  1. Cover the windows and close the door so that no outside light enters the room.
  2. Turn your black light on and turn all the lights in the room off.
  3. Slowly shine the black light on your carpet, looking for glowing spots.
  4. Set something on the glowing areas to mark the spot.
  5. Continue searching with the black light and marking soiled areas until you believe you've found every soiled portion of carpet.

Step 2: Use White Vinegar to Clean the Soiled Areas

You don't need fancy carpet cleaners to clean cat urine from your carpet and neutralize the odor. A mixture of white vinegar and water works just fine.

  1. In a spray bottle, mix one part white vinegar with one part water.
  2. Completely saturate the soiled area of your carpet with the mixture.
  3. Let the mixture sit on your carpet until the carpet dries completely.
  4. If you're cleaning all of the carpets in the room, you can use the water and white vinegar solution in your carpet cleaner. But remember, you need to wait until your carpet is fully dry before moving on to step 3.

Step 3: Use an Enzymatic Cleaner on the Soiled Areas

Enzymatic cleaners are cleaning solutions that are made for use with a carpet cleaner. They are just enzyme based instead of chemical based. The enzymes help to further neutralize the odor of cat urine, which will deter your cat from continually urinating on your carpet in the same areas. If you aren't sure what type of cleaner is enzyme based, look for a cleaning solution that is specifically designed to remove pet odors from your carpet.

Removing the smell of cat urine from your carpet isn't an easy task. If you don't want to tackle the job yourself, consider contacting a local residential carpet cleaning company to do the job for you. Contact a business such as Kenton Carpet Care for more information.