If you know where your cat sprayed, you can begin removing the odor by thoroughly cleaning the area. Your first step is to grab some paper towels. If it is a very large spot, you might want to use a cloth towel that you can either immediately wash or throw away. Using paper or cloth towels, wipe up the urine. If the spray has already dried, pour a cup of cold water on the dried spot, then wipe that up with your towels. If the spot is on the carpet, pour some cold water on the spot.
Blot that up with the towels before adding cleaning products. Do not rub the stain into carpet, furniture, or other material, such as clothing. That will cause the stain to set, which you want to avoid. There are many products you can purchase that will help you get rid of cat spray odor. It is important to choose a product that does not contain ammonia, so read the ingredients before purchasing. The smell of ammonia can cause cats to repeatedly mark that spot. Several different brands make these cleaning sprays.
The enzymes effectively break down the compounds in cat urine that create lingering odors. If you are unsure whether a product is enzymatic, ask a store employee. Most pet stores now stock several brands of these cleaners. Follow the directions on the bottle. Spray the soiled area, allow to soak in, then blot with clean towels. If the sprayed area is on carpet or a rug, follow the same instructions. Then vacuum the area to help thoroughly remove the stain.
If you don’t want to use a chemical cleaner, you can make your own natural cleaning solution. Mix 100 ml of white vinegar with 200 ml of warm water. Place in a clean, empty spray bottle and shake well. After you have wiped up the urine, spray your cleaning mixture on the soiled area. Blot dry with clean cloths or paper towels. You can also mix 5.
5 oz of hydrogen peroxide with 1 tablespoon of baking soda. In a clean plastic container, such as a small bucket, add 1 squirt of liquid hand soap. Mix well with a wooden or plastic spoon. Using a clean cloth, apply the mixture to the stain. Then rinse the area well with warm water. Do not apply a mixture containing hydrogen peroxide to carpet without doing a «spot test» first.
In an inconspicuous area, such as a closet, apply the cleaner to make sure that it does not bleach or discolor the carpet. Cat spray stains are among the most stubborn. If the odor is not gone, you may need to repeat the process. Simply make sure the spot is thoroughly dried, then repeat the above steps with your chosen cleaning product. Sometimes the problem might be that you are not sure where your cat sprayed. If you don’t know the location of the spray, you might not be able to clean as thoroughly as you would like. Use a portable black light to help you find the stain.
Cat spray will appear on furniture or walls as a yellow spot or splatter. Many pet stores sell small, inexpensive black lights. If the cat spray has not been regularly cleaned, it might be a good idea to seek outside help. For instance, maybe you have moved into a «new» apartment where a spraying cat used to reside. It’s going to be very difficult to remove the smell on your own. Look for a cleaning service that lists «pet odor removal» as a specialty. Professional cleaning services will have equipment and chemicals that are more effective at removing set in stains. Ask friends or co-workers to recommend a reputable cleaning service. When you contact the service, don’t hesitate to ask for a free estimate. The best way to get rid of cat spray odor is to remove the scent by cleaning thoroughly. However, that can sometimes take several attempts, and even professional help. In the meantime, there are several things you can do to help reduce the odor and make your home livable. Use an air freshener that contains baking soda. The main component, sodium bicarbonate, is very effective at absorbing odors. You can make a homemade air freshener to sprinkle on your carpets.