How to Remove Cat Urine Odor From Furniture

Cat odor can make furniture unpleasant.
Cat odor can make furniture unpleasant. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Stressed and ill cats can accidentally urinate on furniture. Urine quickly absorbs into upholstery and leaves a distinctive odor that worsens with time. Odor indicates remaining traces of urine in furniture. Promptly clean affected furniture to prevent the urine and odor from further permeating into the upholstery and becoming more difficult to remove. Cats often continue urinating on the offending spot until all traces of urine and odor are completely eliminated.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Bowl
  • Cool water
  • Non-dyed cotton cloth
  • Cotton towel
  • Molecular-based neutralizer

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Put on rubber gloves to protect your hands. Blot any wet stains from the furniture with paper towels.

Fill a bowl with cool water. Soak a non-dyed cotton cloth in the water.

Sponge the furniture with the wet cloth to rinse out any remaining urine. Frequently rinse the cloth with fresh water to prevent reapplying urine to the furniture.

Blot the furniture with a cotton towel until thoroughly dry.

Spray a molecular-based neutralizer liberally over the furniture to dissolve the remaining odor. Follow the manufacturer’s directions on the product’s label.

Repeat the process if the odor remains after 24 hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can substitute vacuuming the furniture with a shop vacuum for blotting with the cotton towel.
  • Test the molecular-based neutralizer on a hidden area of the furniture to prevent discoloring the upholstery.
  • Steam cleaners can permanently set urine odor in furniture.
  • Vinegar and ammonia leave strong odors that encourage cats to urinate.


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