How to Clean Dried Cat Urine Smells Out of a Rug


The tactic for removing dried cat urine smell from a rug is different from cleaning wet cat urine. When fresh, cat urine is acidic, with little odor. When dried, cat urine turns to alkaline salts, creating an environment for stinky bacteria to grow. If your rug is washable, it is possible to remove the pungent urine smell with basic distilled white vinegar.

Things You'll Need

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Fill your washing machine with water and one cup of white distilled vinegar.

  • Put the rug in the washing machine and run through a complete wash cycle.

  • Refill the washing machine with water and add laundry detergent, using the amount recommended by the manufacturer. Run the rug through a complete wash cycle.

  • Remove the rug from the washing machine and hang dry. Fluff the almost-dry rug in the dryer.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the rug is too big for your washing machine, soak the stained area in a tub of vinegar water, before washing the area with soap and water and rinsing.
  • For stubborn odors, use an enzyme stain odor remover and follow the manufacturer's instructions. Rinse all traces of soap from the rug before applying the enzyme odor remover.
  • Don't use white vinegar to clean wet urine, because it will make the smell worse.
  • Refer to the rug's washing instructions before submerging it in water or putting it into the clothes dryer.

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