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Get the Urine Smell Out of the Carpet


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Cat and dog urine can leave an awful smell in a carpet and is difficult to remove. The other day I brought home two beautiful six-week old kittens. I was so excited to welcome them into my family. . . until they started “going" outside the litter box. Suddenly, having kittens wasn't so fun anymore. My house reeked of cat urine, and it seemed I was constantly following after them with a commercial carpet cleaner that did not entirely eliminate the stain, and certainly did not do much for the smell.

Eventually, after a few visitors commented on the smell that was permeating my apartment, I broke down and decided to do something about it.

After getting the carpeting dried out and cleaned as well as possible using the standard carpet cleaners, I realized the urine smell was very much still present. I have this simple formula that finally worked for me. To prevent the lingering smells in a carpet, clean up what you can in the carpet, and then generously sprinkle the remaining spot with baking soda. Scrub gently, from the outside toward the center, with a stiff brush or sponge dipped repeatedly in clean water (test for colorfastness). Blot up the moisture with paper towels. Leave a small layer of baking soda powder sprinkled on the spot and vacuum it later when the carpet is dry. I had to repeat this several times, but it worked. No more urine smells. The carpet looks fine being an old carpet.

For general deodorizing, you can sprinkle baking soda on the carpet monthly, or as needed, before going to bed and leaving it overnight. Vacuum clean the following day.

The home-made carpet deodorizer recipe includes:

1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
15 drops of your favorite essential oil fragrance

Baking soda works so well with me.

It is important that you understand the factors that make your cat pee on the carpet and take remedial measures immediately.

1. Get the scent out of the carpet quickly the moment it is detected, or your cat might think that that spot is her proper bathroom, and will continue “going" there.
2. Lots of different things about the litter box can affect your cat: its placement, the litter brand you choose, etc.
3. Your cat diet plays an important role in her urinary health. (Ensure kitty is getting all the nutrients she needs!)
4. Address any medical problems that your cat could be having.
5. Most importantly, elimination of your cat's urination problems gives you a clear-cut method of getting that awful urine odor out of your carpet.

Zachary A Nyakundi Has Been Researching and Reporting on Carpet cleaning for Years. For More Information on carpet cleaning, Visit His Site at


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