If your house stinks like a litter box and your carpet reeks of cat urine, don’t despair. There are specific steps you can take to get rid of the odor once and for all.
3 Steps to Getting Rid of Cat Urine Smell in Carpet
Cat pee has an unmistakable, ammonia smell that permeates everything. Literally. In fact, the uric acid in cat urine can last in carpets, fabrics, and wood for years! Everyday household cleaners just won’t cut it.
Natural solutions like baking soda, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide (link to KB blog post) only neutralize the odor temporarily. Humidity can cause uric acid to recrystallize, bringing the pungent smell of cat urine right back into your home.
The only way to eliminate the smell of cat urine for good is to use an enzyme cleaner.
Enzyme cleaners, like Kinderbean No-Stress Mess Eraser, are specifically designed to permanently eliminate cat urine from carpets. Here’s the science:
Enzymes are produced by “good” bacteria. They speed up the chemical reactions between bacteria and your cat’s pee. These enzymes break down the urine molecules into smaller pieces. Then these smaller pieces become “food” for the bacteria. Those helpful bacteria eat the broken-down waste and change it into simple compounds, odorless carbon dioxide, and water.
With enzyme cleaners, that noxious, cat urine smell is eliminated from your carpet once and for all. But these unique enzyme cleaners only work when used the right way. Here are the 3 steps to getting cat urine out of your carpet.
- Remove as much pee as possible
Immediately place a dry cloth over the spot where your kitty peed. Soak up as much pee as you can.
- Soak the spot with an enzyme cleaner
Kinderbean No-Stress Mess Eraser works purr-fectly on carpet! Once you’ve soaked up as much pee as you can, saturate the area with Kinderbean. Be sure to go just beyond the border of the stain. Gently rub the product into the stain with the bottom of the bottle, then cover it with a clean, damp cloth.
- Let it sit
Next, let the cleaner do its work for at least 12 hours. In the morning, you can remove the cloth, and let it air dry.
What to do With Old or Stubborn Stains and Odors
Unfortunately, even with the best efforts, that strong cat pee smell could come wafting back into your home.
Here are a few reasons why:
- You used a household cleaner.
- You didn’t soak the area with enough enzyme cleaner.
- You didn’t let the enzyme cleaner set long enough to do its work.
As disappointing as it may be to think that your carpet still smells like cat pee, don’t give up. Some stains, especially very old ones, need multiple applications of an enzyme cleaner.
Also, most carpets, and even some area rugs, have padding underneath and stains can lurk there for some time before they once again make their way to the top. If you notice the spot or the smell appearing again, simply repeat the three-step process.
Take care to follow each step closely, as enzyme cleaners do their best work when used as instructed.
The Tail End
In conclusion, your house doesn’t have to smell like a litter box and you really can get cat urine smell out of your carpet for good! Skip the household cleaners and get your paws on an enzymatic cleaner like Kinderbean No-Stress Mess Eraser. In 3 simple steps, your home and your carpets will smell fresh and clean.