How to Clean Urine Stain on a Sofa

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Urine stains are a common problem when you own a pet or take care of babies and toddlers. Rather than toss your sofa in the trash you can treat the stain as soon as it occurs. According to Elizabeth B. Goldsmith and Betsy Sheldon, authors of "Green Cleaning for Dummies," you can save your sofa with a natural stain and odor remover--white vinegar. White vinegar gently removes the stain and neutralizes the odor, leaving your sofa in mint condition.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup cool water
  • Empty spray bottle
  • Clean cloth
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Mix vinegar with water. Pour the mixture into an empty spray bottle, and spray the stain until damp but not soaked.

  • Blot the stain with a clean cloth. Spray the mixture again and gently blot the stain until it disappears.

  • Sprinkle baking soda on the spot. Although not necessary, baking soda provides an extra level of odor neutralization. Allow the baking soda to sit overnight.

  • Vacuum the baking soda. Brush off the baking soda using a small brush or your hand. Use a damp cloth to wipe off residue.

Tips & Warnings

  • Soaking the stain rather than dampening it can alter the sofa fabric.

References

  • Green Cleaning for Dummies; Elizabeth B. Goldsmith; November 2008
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