How To Clean Cat Urine & Remove The Smell From Your Mobile Home

by | Apr 27, 2018 | Blog




Nothing makes a house feel like home more than your very own pet. Having a fluffy companion to come back to after a hard day of work can make all your worries melt away.

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However, every pet also comes with a set of responsibilities, and it’s inevitable that at some point you will need to clean up after them. If your pet happens to be a feline, we will help you clean up after your furry friend, specifically how to clean cat urine. Don’t worry- we’ll cover dogs eventually!




Cleaning before loving has its perks

We know, we know, it’s not the first thing you want to do when you step back into your home. However, you should take care of this small problem as soon as possible.

Not only might cat urine cause stains, but it can also have a terrible stale odor and cause respiratory problems. So, for your comfort and health, we have put together this article to help you painlessly and easily get rid of your cat’s “oopsie.”

Where would my furry friend’s “oopsie” be?

We have identified where, in your mobile home, you will most likely encounter cat urine. We will gladly offer you the steps of cleaning the following:

  • Mattresses.
  • Wood and vinyl flooring.
  • Carpets.

There are also tips that we’ll give you on how to effectively get rid of the smell. Almost like it never happened!

You can find a recipe for an inexpensive and efficient homemade cat urine cleaning solution by ThriftyFun here. This guide also includes general tips on using it along with the steps we provide.

How to clean cat urine from a mattress

The difficulty with these types of stain on your mattress is that they can soak into it deeply. The whole process of cleaning it is meant to remove as much of the liquid from the mattress as possible as soon as possible. It goes without saying that hygiene is of the utmost importance when it comes to your mattress as you spend a lot of time in close contact with it.

What you need

  • Two sets of old towels/paper towels
  • Plastic sheet or trash bag
  • Bucket of room temperature water
  • Enzyme cleaner or homemade cleaner
  • ½ – 1 cup of baking soda depending on stain size
  • Vacuum cleaner

Dry the mattress and prepare for cleaning

Let’s first pre-treat the area to minimize the damage and make the cleaning process as easy and effective as possible. If the stain is already old and dry, you can skip ahead to the next section.

Cat lying on bed

  • Absorb extra urine: if the stain is still fresh, there will probably be some extra fluid on the mattress. Use the old towels or anything absorbent that you don’t mind soiling. Dry up as much of it as you can. Once the towel is soaked, replace it with something else until no more liquid comes away. Gently press it onto the surface but try to avoid getting the urine on your hands or anything else. Either launder or throw away the towels immediately.
  • Take the mattress outside: Of course, this depends entirely on the weather conditions. Also, make sure to protect your mattress from any soil outside. The fresh air and sunlight will help to aerate and dry up the rest of the stain.
  • If you can’t take it outside: Simply fold a towel and put a plastic sheet underneath the area of the stain. This is to protect either the base of the bed or whichever other surface you place it on.
  • Soak the stain: Only once it’s completely dry should you soak the stain with room temperature water. If it’s not dry, you will only spread it further. Try to soak only the affected area.
  • Dry it up again: Hopefully, that loosened up some of the stubborn and deep urine. Dry the area once again using a clean set of towels like you did before.




Remove the stain

Now, we will try to completely get rid of the stain from the mattress. This should hopefully also take care of the odor. The cleaner should break down the remaining particles, leaving you with a mattress that’s good as new.

  • Apply cleaner: Pour the cleaner directly onto the stained area. If it’s a spray bottle, remove the nozzle first. Use as much as the product recommends.
  • Let it rest: A resting period will help the cleaner break down the urine. Most cleaners require about 15 min to an hour.
  • Absorb excess cleaner: Once you have let it rest, there should be some remaining cleaner. Absorb it with towels and toss them away or wash them immediately.

Optional steps:

By now, your mattress should be almost as good as now. However, if you have the time, you should carry through with these following steps to make sure every trace of cat urine is gone.

  • Apply baking soda: Spread some baking soda over the stained area and let it sit for a while. Baking soda absorbs moisture and should draw out any remaining urine or liquid.
  • Final drying period: This depends on how badly you need the mattress and your patience. There might still be liquid from either the cleaner, urine or water. Leaving the mattress in the open or under a fan for 1-2 days should dry it out completely. You can always cover the area with towels or plastic bags while you sleep and then continue drying throughout the day.
  • Finish up: Once the mattress is dry, you should vacuum it to remove the remaining baking soda and any other debris.

How to remove cat urine from carpet

This is probably the most common area that you will find cat urine. Just like the mattress, you should be concerned about the urine permanently staining the carpet if not treated immediately. It can also cause your home to smell bad in areas where you usually entertain guests.

You’d definitely want to avoid offending your guests with bad odor.

What you need

  • Two sets of old towels/paper towels
  • Plastic sheet or trash bag
  • Bucket of room temperature water
  • Enzyme cleaner or homemade cleaner in a spray bottle
  • ½ – 1 cup of baking soda depending on stain size
  • Small (shop vac) and regular size vacuum cleaner

Clean the cat urine

  • Absorb extra urine: Just like before, if the stain is still fresh, remove any excess liquid. You can use the towels or your shop vac to remove as much as possible. Don’t rub the stain, just blot it or let it sit and absorb.
  • Apply cleaner: Spray the homemade cleaner to the stained area. Apply only enough to dampen it. Try to keep it only on the stain otherwise it will spread the urine.
  • Let the cleaner sit: Give the cleaner some time to soak into the stain and break down the urine. After about 15 min to 30 min (depending on product), use the shop vac or towels to dry up the area again. Repeat these steps if the smell is still very obvious.
  • Use the enzyme cleaner: Apply the enzyme cleaner to the area and let it rest for a while. Then use the same methods to dry up as much of it as possible.
  • Use the baking soda: Apply some baking soda to the area of the carpet. Leave it on the spot for a few hours so that it can suck up as much of the remaining moisture as possible.
  • Let it dry: Vacuum up the remaining baking soda and put a fan in place to blow on the area. You should be able to see when the area is dry.

How to remove cat urine from wood flooring

You might think that you can treat real wood floors the same as any other type of surface. However, that’s not the case. Wood flooring can stain permanently and hold the urine as well as the stain for some time.

Cat licking its paw on wooden floor

You will need to complete a few extra steps to keep your wood floor looking great and protected.

What you need

  • Old towels or paper towels
  • Chemical cleaner appropriate for your type of wood
  • Hydrogen peroxide and water mix
  • Small disposable cloth
  • A/B wood bleach (Daly’s wood bleach is a good option)
  • Rubber gloves and safety goggles
  • Sandpaper, wood finish/varnish (optional)

Remove the urine

  • Dry excess urine: You should be familiar with this step by now. Use some towels to blot the surface first. Then use a vacuum to suck up the rest. Take care not to spread the urine further.
  • Use chemical cleaner: Apply the chemical cleaner to the stained area according to instructions. In most instances, it’s a spray cleaner. If not, blot it gently onto the surface. Limit the spread of the cleaner as much as possible. Some cleaners can leave behind a slight odor of their own which you can counteract with other products.
  • Apply the peroxide mixture: Blot a small cloth with the mixture and apply to as small an area as possible. Don’t let it dry out and add some of the mixture if that’s the case. If you don’t want to smell the solution, cover it with a plastic sheet that you tape to the floor. Let it sit for a few hours or overnight.
  • Apply the wood bleach: Each product will have exact mixing instructions that you should follow to the letter. This is also where you should put on the rubber gloves and safety goggles before using. Apply it to the stained area according to instructions.
  • Let it dry: Once you are done, use both damp and dry cloths to dry out the area as much as possible. You can also leave a running fan to finish the job. However, it’s important that the area is dry enough that the fan doesn’t spread the liquid.




Sand down and reseal the wood

If the urine has soaked down into the wood itself, your only way of getting rid of it entirely might be to sand down and refinish the wood. You should only have to resort to this step in exceptional circumstances. Or if the urine was never cleaned and has had plenty of time to stain the wood permanently.

How to remove cat urine from vinyl flooring

This is the simplest type of clean that we are discussing today. Vinyl flooring is a popular choice for mobile homes (particularly older models) because it is easy to clean and maintain, cheap to replace, and relatively durable

What you will need

  • Old towels/paper towels
  • Vacuum
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar in a spray bottle

Clean vinyl flooring

Kitten resting on vinyl floor

  • Wipe off excess liquid: Try to avoid spreading the urine as you blot it out on the slick surface. Discard or wash towels immediately after using.
  • Apply white vinegar: Spray the white vinegar onto the surface. You do not need to blot or wipe it, just apply it and let it rest for 15 to 30 min.
  • Clean the area: Use both damp and dry towels to first wipe down the area and then to dry it as thoroughly as possible. It shouldn’t be necessary, but you can also leave a running fan. Just like the wood flooring, ensure that not enough liquid is left to spread.

How to remove cat urine odor

The surest way to rid your home of cat urine odor is to clean the stain and remove all traces of it thoroughly. We have already shown you how to do just that. In most cases, it should be enough. However, if you want to get rid of that annoying musky smell that seems to hang around your house, you could try using a baking soda based air freshener.

There are many examples of recipes online that combine baking soda with scented oils. We like this one from Somewhat Simple.

Now that the big obstacle is taken care of …

And that’s it! By following these tips and steps, you should have your bedding, carpet or mobile home floors back to their normal selves. Having a cat in the house can be a joy, so don’t get rid of the cat. Just get rid of the stain! Sometimes pets leave messes other places. It might be helpful to know how to clean your mobile home walls too!



 

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