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Cleaning cat smell out of that carpet.

This is a really great advise for cleaning Cat urine smells out of the carpet.  It is one of the hardest odors to get out of a home.... (from a Real Estate Agent in Ohio)

This one comes from Cassandra Mandello on how to clean up cat accidents out of carpet.  Before I share this one I should add that listing agents need to be honest with their clients about cleaning pet urine smells. Explain to the owner that people that do not have this problem will have a much more sensitive nose to the smell.  It is simply how are nosess work, they adjust and accept when you are the pet owner.  This may also mean asking a friend you know that can be honest to tell you waht they smell whne htey first walk in the house andwhere it smells the strongest.  Anyway back to cleaning cat urine:

1.  If the cat has recently urinated on the carpet, first absorb as much of the cat urine as possible using paper towels or an old towel. Place clean paper towels over the cat urine area and tread on them so as to absorb as much of the urine as possible. Repeat with dry towels until no more moisture can be absorbed.

Areas of cat urine that have dried and previously gone undetected can be found with the aid of a black light. The cat urine stains will fluoresce under the ultra violet light in a darkened room. Hand held black lights are quite inexpensive, usually costing $15 - $25. To save the expense of a black light you can always use your nose to detect the source of the odor. Put your nose down close to the carpet and sniff away.

2.   Next, wet the area with a solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% water. Make sure you use enough of the solution to penetrate the fibers deep down.

After the vinegar treatment dry off the carpet as much as possible. You can assist drying by blotting with paper towels as described above. If you own a wet/dry vacuum extractor use that to remove excess moisture.

3.  Apply a handful of baking soda over the affected area and drizzle it with a quarter of a cup of hydrogen peroxide mixed with a teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent. (not caustic detergent that you put in a dishwasher) Work it in with a scrubbing brush or your fingers (be sure to wear rubber gloves) to dissolve the baking soda and work it down well into the carpet. Allow it to dry. Once dry the baking powder will vacuum up easily taking all the odors with it.

That's all there is to it. It's as simple as that. 1-2-3 cat pee smell gone. It really does work.

The vinegar will neutralize the ammonia and hydrogen peroxide is a powerful oxidizer capable of killing bacteria, which cause the urine smells. Baking soda is a well known deodorizer which absorbs odors. Sprinkle it on your carpet monthly then vacuum up to keep your carpet smelling fresh all the time.

Important. Never use ammonia or ammonia-based products on the carpet. One of the ingredients of urine is ammonia and your cat may well be encouraged to re-offend in the same area if it detects the smell of ammonia. Many household cleaner cleaners contain ammonia so be sure to read the label.

If you don't have hydrogen peroxide on hand you could substitute it in an emergency for a spray laundry stain remover. Check the bottle. If it says 'Oxy' anywhere on the label then it probably contains hydrogen peroxide.

Caution, you should test your carpet for color fastness in an inconspicuous area. 
Use only 3% Hydrogen Peroxide.

Stanley Stepak Jr. M.A.


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Comment balloon 14 commentsPam Jank • March 30 2011 12:51AM


Pam, thanks for posting. Great tips to help solve the propblem.

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 9 years ago

Pam, this is a pretty sticky topic....but, it is good information to tuck away.  I am sure I will need it someday!  I don't have a cat, but I always seem to have at least one listing where there is a cat.

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) over 9 years ago


thanks, if  ot for your reblog I would have missed this  post and it is of great importance to us personally

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the helpful information.  I don't have a cat but I do have friends that do and they will be happy for these tips.

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage,NMLS ID 6666) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the info, as you know we all run into this at one time or another.

Posted by Tamara Schuster, Realtor Broker - Naperville (Naperville Glen Ellyn Lisle Plainfield Wheaton Illinois) over 9 years ago

I also wanted to ask does this work for dogs?

Posted by Tamara Schuster, Realtor Broker - Naperville (Naperville Glen Ellyn Lisle Plainfield Wheaton Illinois) over 9 years ago

Great tip. By the way, if a home has cigarette smoke smells try pouring white vingear into small cups and placing them around the home.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Tamara, One of the commentors on original blog said she also uses it for Dogs...

Posted by Pam Jank, Your Coeur d'Alene & North Idaho Real Estate Pro (Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty) over 9 years ago

Yes, it's a problem that many clients need our help with.

Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) over 9 years ago

The only real solution is removal of the animal and replacement of the carpet.

Posted by Jay Schmitt, Gettysburg Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Keystone Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi Pam, an excellent post, thank you for putting it up again!

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA (Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA) over 9 years ago

Hello Pam, yes one of those problems I wish we didn't have to deal with.  Really important about not using ammonia based cleaning products.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) over 9 years ago


Great information! Sometimes it's really hard to point out that a house has pet odors, especially when the Homeowner can't even smell it themselves. Never fear, Home Stagers have the art of delivering 'delicate' information down to a science!

Posted by Betsy Shellman (Coeur d'Alene Home Staging Services, aka Staging Wizards) over 9 years ago

Pam I missed this article as well as I was not familiar that there was a solution available,Wow I have bookmarked for future use. Thank you for the re-blog

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 9 years ago