How to Vanish Cat Pee Stains and Stink


It’s never fun to come home and find that your pet has left you a little “surprise” in the middle of the living room. Here’s the best way to sop up the mess (and eliminate the lingering pee odor) on every surface.

1. Carpeting
Soak the urine up with paper towels by blotting (don’t rub!). Mix 1 cup water and 1/8 Tsp. dish soap; blot with a dishcloth, working toward the center. To remove soap, mix 1 Tbsp. white vinegar in 1 cup water; dab; blot with paper towels.

2. Ceramic tile
Wipe up with your normal tile cleanser. If the tile is glazed, that’s it! If the tile isn’t glazed or the liquid has spread to the grout, use a grout cleaner. Then, to remove odor, make a thick paste with water and baking soda, rub in, let set until dry and wipe up.

3. Wood
If it has a sealant, use paper towels to absorb urine; clean with your normal floor cleaner. If the urine has soaked in and odor lingers, use an enzyme-based pet-odor remover (sold at pet stores).

4. Upholstery
If the cushion covers are washable, remove and launder or take them to be dry-cleaned. If the cat urine has leaked into the sofa cushion, try an enzyme-based pet-odor remover that you can pour on. Let it sit and then soak and blot. If this doesn’t help, find a dry cleaner who deals with fire or smoke damage and who uses an ozone machine — it can work wonders on the smelly cushion. If nothing else works, consider replacing the cushion — it’s cheaper than buying a new couch!