The sizable investment you make in furniture can seem lost when your cat has an accident on it or decides to mark his territory. Microfiber is a natural choice for pet owners for its resistance to pet hair, but cleaning cat urine from the fabric isn't always so simple. Look on your furniture's tag and you'll see whether solvents, water or dry cleaning is the course of action you'll need to take. Protect your investment by using commercial cleaners designed for removing pet stains on your furniture's type of fabric.
Cleaning Different Types of Microfiber
The process for cleaning urine begins the same for any type of fabric: Blot up as much of the liquid as you can with a clean dry towel or paper towels. Do not rub as this will cause urine to penetrate more deeply between the fibers. After cleaning the spot for your furniture's type of microfiber, use an upholstery brush lightly to restore the pile's appearance and soft texture.
If your furniture tag has a W on it, you can use water and water-based products to clean it. Use water-based shampoo or foaming cleaner designed for use on upholstery to avoid leaving behind soapy residue that attracts dirt. Don't use solvents such as rubbing alcohol or vinegar to attempt to remove the stain. If you use an extracting wet vacuum to remove the urine, start by using cool water. Hot water or steam cleaning causes fibers to expand. While this is an ideal way to remove dirt during routine cleaning, it will allow the cat urine and odor to penetrate into the fibers during initial cleanup. Avoid over saturating the stain, which pushes urine deeper into the fabric.
If your cat urinated on cushions with removable covers, resist the urge to unzip them and throw them through the washing machine unless the care instructions specify to do so. The washing machine's agitation can cause upholstery fabrics to fray or come apart at the seams.
You'll be able to use solvent-based cleaners if your furniture's tag has an S on it, but you won't be able to rinse them with water. Code S fabrics denote delicate fabrics that can bleed or fade when wet. Absorb liquid from the urine as quickly as possible using a wet vac or towels. Follow up with a foaming or dry cleaning upholstery product designed to work on pet odors. Use a towel to apply the product to the area where the cat urinated and work the solvent into the nap using a soft bristled brush and a light touch.
The Most Versatile Fabric
Code S-W fabric can safely handle both solvents and water. This type of fabric is most receptive to home remedy solutions made with vinegar, hydrogen peroxide or baking soda. If you plan to use a homemade remedy on your couch, test it ahead of time for colorfastness on an inconspicuous place. That way you won't end up accidentally staining your couch when it's time to clean up.
Code X Fabrics
Resist the urge to spot clean your cat's urine with solvent-based cleaners or water, which will cause staining, stretching or puckering. Fabric care instructions for code X specify vacuuming only and a shop vac or water extracting vacuum can suck up much of the mess. Another solution is Chemspec Absorb-A-Stain.pdf), a deodorizing, liquid-absorbing powder made from calcium carbonate. It absorbs up to 75 percent of its own weight in liquid and you vacuum it away once it dries.