There is no mistaking the heavy, ammonia smell of cat urine. Whether your cat is simply urinating wherever he or she wishes or is spraying urine to mark territory, the result will be the same. This is a strong odor that will affect a surprisingly large area of the home, even if the problem area is relatively small. You should actually account for yourself lucky if you are able to spot a puddle or a wet area on the rug or upholstery and begin treating it immediately. However, once the urine has dried, in most cases you will have to locate it by smell or by using a black light.
How do you eliminate the smell of cat urine?
The organic compounds found in cat pee can pose some problems in removing the odor – some of the compounds are water-soluble, but the uric acid not only is capable of binding to adjacent surfaces but is not soluble by water. When you find fresh urine you should-
|1. Wipe up the urine from hard surfaces with a paper towel and use the same to blot urine on furniture or rugs. Don’t use cloth unless you are prepared to throw them away afterward.|
|2. Do not try to hasten the drying process after using an enzyme cleaner since it interrupts the normal dissipation of the ammonia and carbon dioxide.|
|3. Use the best enzyme cleaner possible – inexpensive cleaners often require multiple uses before they remove the odor of cat urine.|
|4. Do not try to hasten the drying process after using an enzyme cleaner since it interrupts the normal dissipation of the ammonia and carbon dioxide.|
|5. Use the best enzyme cleaner possible – inexpensive cleaners often require multiple uses before they remove the odor of cat urine.|
|6. Be generous when applying the cleaner; you should soak the target area to allow the enzymes to really do their job.|
|7. After leaving the cleaner on for approximately a quarter of an hour, blot it up, then let the spot dry naturally.|
Although rugs are the usual areas where your cat may urinate, beds, sofas, and clothing can also be sullied. Use the same procedure on these as you did on your rug. Slipcovers and clothing should be washed separately after they have been treated with the enzyme cleaner. Spray marking will be found on a vertical surface such as a door frame or chair leg.