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How to Get Smell of Cat Urine Out of Sofa

Our cat peed on our sofa a couple of days ago. I have had someone come out to professionally clean it and he put something on it that was supposed to take care of the odor but I can still smell it when I sit near the area. Does anyone have any suggestions of products to get the smell out? I have heard Nature's Miracle is pretty good, but would love to hear from some of you if you have used something that has worked. I am sick about the sofa and really want to get the smell out. Thanks!

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Hi D., Try taking the cushion to a uphostery store (Berkeley Uphostery in Plano) and have the cushion restuffed. The best stuff for pet oder is from www.zeropetodor.com, especially cat smells. The product has no perfumy smell at all. It is reasonably priced and a little goes a long way. HTH,

Nana

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Dear D. D,
D. there is a product called Odor Cide, it is a odor eliminator. great for cigrettes,tolit,Dog,garbage,and Chairs. Kills all odors instantaly.
YOu will really like this product.
Mk

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White vinegar is the bomb when it comes to eliminating odor. Wash the area with a sponge and white vinegar.

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Morning D. I don't know how much you are willing to invest to get the odor out of your sofa.Go to this web site.
www.yourbestair.com/garrett
Let me know what you think.and have a Blessed Day.
J. G

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UGH! I feel your pain, my cat has been having accidents all over and I'm trying to clean them all up! What worked for me on our carpet was add 1 cup hydrogen peroxide to 1 tbsp baking soda. Add 1 tsp dish soap and stir well. Apply the solution to the area with a sponge. Let it dry and vacuum. Throw the solution away after you use it (I usually use the whole cups worth to make sure I get it all). The book I'm checking for ideas says for upholstry you should immediately mix 2 tsp. dish soap and cool water. Froth it up and blot the area well with the foamy lather. Wash off with mixture of 1 part white vinegar to 8 parts water. Make sure you dry the area immediately with a hairdryer set on cool or even a small fan. Of course you should test all of this on a small area to make sure the colors stay. good luck!

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Hi D., Try taking the cushion to a uphostery store (Berkeley Uphostery in Plano) and have the cushion restuffed. The best stuff for pet oder is from www.zeropetodor.com, especially cat smells. The product has no perfumy smell at all. It is reasonably priced and a little goes a long way. HTH,

Nana

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Dear D. D,
D. there is a product called Odor Cide, it is a odor eliminator. great for cigrettes,tolit,Dog,garbage,and Chairs. Kills all odors instantaly.
YOu will really like this product.
Mk

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White vinegar is the bomb when it comes to eliminating odor. Wash the area with a sponge and white vinegar.

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Nature's Miracle works really well. The key is that you have to SATURATE the area (don't just spray a little on the surface) and then let it dry. It will take awhile but this really will get rid of the smell. We have lots of cats so we have had this problem before. The other post about taking your cat to the vet is right on. If it is a urinary tract infection they can fix that but if not treated soon enough this can become behavioral. Good luck!

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Dear D.:

I've used Nature's Miracle and it's the best thing out there. Try to find the orange scented. The orange smell will keep the cat away from the spot and help hide the horrible smell this stuff makes while it works. While it pulls the odor out it makes it smell worse.

The good news is this is the best stuff I've found. The bad news is cat urine is extremely concentrated and sometimes NOTHING works. I have thrown away furniture.

Good luck.

L. F., I have two cats, have had cats most of my life

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Nature's Miracle REALLY works. It is critical that you follow the directions. It only works if you saturate the pillow. Then you need to let it dry completely without doing other stuff to it. It may literally take days to dry. While it is drying it will still stink. Don't give up. Once it is completely dry the smell will be gone.

I've tried the vinegar approach too. It works ok, not as good and leaves a vinegar smell. Nature's miracle does have a better orange smell. After it wears away there isn't a smell of anything - no orange or pee but while it's working, I'd rather smell orange than vinegar and I'm convinced it does work better than vinegar.

I have used this for cat urine and kid throw-up. It worked better than professional cleaning.

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I hope the vinegar spray worked for you, but in my experience working with a professional upholstery cleaning company, cat urine is THE most difficult smell to get rid of. Even with massive commercial deordorizing efforts, sometimes the only way to get rid of the odor is to replace the inner cushion. The petroleum-based fibers hold onto the chemical compounds from the urea like nobody's business!

If you would like us to try to clean it and deodorize it after you have tried your other methods, please contact me. Otherwise, the best bet would be to contact the manufacturer of your sofa to order a new foam insert. If you think this will be a problem in the future, Fiber-Seal is a process that reduces the absorbency rate of the fibers, so you have time to blot up spills. It won't completely protect against the urine going into the cushion, but will help keep the entire amount going deep inside the layers. Good luck!

B. Biehl
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www.FiberSeal.com

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I work for a vet and we recommend that you use a mixture of 1/2 water 1/2 vinegar. Put it in a spray and spray it on the area where she went. It should neutralize the smell, it may take a couple of times but it should work for you. Hope it helps.

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I would change out the inside of the cushion with a new one. THat way when you treat just the outside (fabric)you will more than likely be able to get most of it out. you won't have that deep pentrating urine smell that, I'm sure went all the way into the cushion itself.
hope that helps.

hi D.

as far as i've experienced...cat urine is VERY strong and most likely the smell won't ever come out. :( Their urine seems to be much more "concentrated" than dog urine and the smell is just atrocious. if you do find that something works..i would LOVE to know!!! I clean houses and one of my customers just went through this...monthes late after having a professional clean it...still didnt' come out....they replaced the couch!

Sun and oxygen are great cleaners, witness the amazing smell of outdoor line-dried clothes. Maybe a day or two out in the sunlight on the back patio or something might air it out and deep dry it. Of course, keep the cat off in the meantime.

Odo Ban works pretty good and it is at Sam's.
GL

My dog peed on our couch a few months ago, and Simple Solution took the odor right out. I dumped a ton on to really saturate the area, and then I just let it dry. I buy the Simple Solution at Petsmart. It's not too expensive, and it always seems to work great for urine smells and stains.

I can't tell you how to get it out, but when my cat did this, she had urinary tract crystals. Your cat is trying to tell you something. Either the litter box is dirty or she is in pain! I would take her to the vet. If that is what it is, then they will have you change her to a special food, and it works!

Good Luck!

Ok, I don't know a brand, but at Walmart they have several brands of pet stain and odor remover. The cheapest will do. It doesn't have a scent, its neutralizing. I would avoid scents because those are designed to cover a smell and you want to take it out.

Besides for pets its honestly the best stain and odor remover I have come across. We don't have animals now, but use it on our carpets and stains still. Sometimes before I vacuum I spray it on. Again no scent, just a clean smell. If it doesn't work that means the urine really soak into something beneath the outer layer. This works, its cheap, and you can use it for other stuff.

If you use a product containing an enzyme or bacteria that is supposed to "eat" the odor-causing substance, I think you are supposed to saturate the area, and THEN keep it moist for several hours - - i.e. keep covered with a wet towel and let the eating begin.

Sorry for the late post.... does anyone have suggestions for what to do if your sofa is leather? I read all the suggestions and I am unsure of how the leather would survive if I poured the liquid enzyme cleaner on there. Thanks!

simple Solution without a doubt! I used to work for the company who made this product. It doesn't mask the odor it actually neutralizes it to remove it. You can purchase at Petsmart/Petco. I would saturate the sofa with the product and set out to air dry if possible. Good luck.

I have to agree with Sheryl K about the odor never going away. About 4 years ago I bought a new sofa and a male cat "sprayed" the sofa and it was only 2 weeks old. I spent money to have it professionally cleaned, tried every over the counter spray but the odor never went away. I still have the sofa, it is in the extra room, but you can still faintly smell the odor. Cat urine is very hard to remove.

soap first,then baking soda paste, vinigar water, and Hydrogen peroxide, not all at the same time but at different intervals I hear gets rid of the smell.

vinegar and baking soda. test this formula on an unseen area of your couch. also might want to place your couch in the sun for the day. try www.marthastewart.com never know:)

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