How to Get Rid of a Cat Urine Smell on Furniture

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Things You'll Need

  • Black light

  • Paper towels

  • Cold water

  • Sponge

  • Wet/dry vacuum

  • 2 cups cold water

  • 1 tbsp. vinegar

  • Pet odor neutralizer

If your cat had an accident on the furniture, prompt action is requried to eliminate odor.

Cats urinate outside the litter box for a number of reasons, including illness, behavioral problems, and marking territory. Walls, floors, and even your furniture often fall victim to inappropriate cat urination. When your cat chooses to urinate on your furniture, this may cause severe, permanent odor damage. If you find that your furniture is stained with cat urine, act quickly. Depending on the severity of the stain, there are many odor elimination methods.


Step 1

Find the urine stain on your furniture. Your eyes and nose are often enough to locate the stain and source of the urine odor. However, if you have trouble finding the stain, shine a black light on your furniture. The black light fluoresces the urine stain, enabling you to locate it without difficulty.

Step 2

Blot the stain up with paper towels, if the stain is fresh. If the stain is not fresh, wet the stain and blot up that moisture.

Step 3

Rinse the stain thoroughly with cold water. Blotting the stain with fresh, cold water and a sponge further removes cat urine as well as removing any other cleaning products or chemicals in your furniture that may make your current cleaning products less effective.


Step 4

Use a wet/dry vacuum to extract any moisture from your furniture item.

Step 5

Scrub the area on the furniture using a sponge and a solution of 2 cups cold water and 1 tbsp. distilled white vinegar to further clean any traces of cat urine. Extract this moisture from your furniture item using a wet/dry vacuum once the area is scrubbed.

Step 6

Apply a pet odor neutralizer to the affected area according to the directions on the product package. This eliminates any bacteria and enzymatic odor from the cat urine that may be lingering in your furniture or on your upholstery.


Place the urine-soiled paper towels you used for cleaning into the litter box. Allow your cat to see you do so, and do so in a cheerful, nonthreatening way. This teaches your cat that elimination is acceptable as long as it is done in the proper area.


Avoid using steam cleaners to clean your furniture, as they make the odor worse.

Test a small, inconspicuous patch of the upholstery on your furniture with the pet odor neutralizer to ensure that the product will not harm your fabric.