If you own a cat, it is almost inevitable that you will have to deal with the unwelcome smell of animal urine from time to time. Unfortunately, due to sickness or other reasons, your cat may urinate on the carpet at the most inopportune times. In order to properly clean it up and remove the odor, there are a few tips to keep in mind.
Blot up the Puddle
Once you locate the area where the cat urinated, quickly get as much of it up as you can. However, be carefully not to rub the urine into the carpet. This will only make the problem worse, and it could leave you with an unwelcome odor for weeks to come. Instead, take a paper towel and blot the puddle until you get most of the excess moisture up. Doing so will not take care of the problem completely, but it is a great first start.
Mix Vinegar and Water
The next step in the process is to create a solution to do a bit of deep cleaning within the carpet. To do this, combine vinegar and water; it is recommended to add three parts vinegar to one part water. So, an acceptable mixture would include three cups of vinegar and one cup of water. Take the solution to the area where the cat urinated and get the carpet very wet. Make sure to treat the area surrounding the puddle as well, just to be sure that you clean adequately. Allow the vinegar and water mixture to sit for at least five minutes.
Add Baking Soda
Once the vinegar and water mixture has a chance to sit, sprinkle baking soda on top of the afflicted area. Be generous; there is really no such thing as too much baking soda in this situation. Vacuum up the baking soda after two or three hours.
With proper care, you do not have to deal with the lingering scent of cat urine. Follow the tips above for best success.