How to Get Rid of Cat Urine in a Sofa

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Do not throw out the sofa yet.
Do not throw out the sofa yet. (Image: Julia Fuller)

Your precious cat has decided to urinate on the sofa instead of in the litter box and the smell of cat urine is permeating the entire living room. Right now, you are probably hoping that unexpected guest does not show up for a visit. Will you have to buy a new couch and find a new home for your cat or is there a way to get rid of cat urine in a sofa? Don't fear, here are some solutions.

Things You'll Need

  • Steam cleaner with furniture attachment
  • Pet Odor formula furniture cleaner
  • White vinegar
  • Odor eliminating and neutralizing spray
  • Paper towel or baby diaper
  • Syringe

Soak up the cat urine immediately if it is not already dry. Use paper towels or other absorbent material, such as a baby diaper. Do not rub the cat urine as that will help it to soak in. Be sure to blot it dry.

Remove the covers from the cushions if possible. Check the manufacturer's washing instructions and then run them through the washing machine using detergent and the odor-eliminating product. You may also want to add a cup of white vinegar. Repeat the washing if necessary to remove stains and odor.

Fill the reservoir of your steam cleaner with a pet odor formula to clean the sofa and a cup of your odor-eliminating product. Use the upholstery tool to clean the couch concentrating on the area where the cat urine is located.

Inject the odor-eliminating product down into the sofa under the location where the cat urine was located if you can still smell cat urine after cleaning. Failure to remove the smell may cause a repeat of the action by the cat. Fill a syringe with the odor-eliminating or neutralizing product and inject it into the fibers of the couch.

Open windows if possible and point a fan towards the sofa to help it dry. Propping the cushions up will also help to speed the drying process and reduce the chance of mildew forming.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a black light in a darkened room to locate the source of the urine smell if you are not sure of its location. The urine should glow in the black light.
  • Get rid of all traces and smell cat urine immediately or your cat will use the sofa again and make the problem worse.

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