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Cat urine is particularly difficult to remove from carpet because of the high amount of bacteria in the urine. This bacteria produces ammonia that is quite strong and can physically react with your carpet causing permanent damage. For this reason, if you have a cat odor problem, you need to address it as soon as possible to prevent permanent carpet damage. If you have heavy cat or kitten urine contamination, you should call a professional. If, on the other hand, you only have slight contamination, you can treat it yourself.

What do you need to treat cat urine?

You probably have everything that you need to treat cat or kitten urine stains and odor in your kitchen already. You need a bottle of white distilled vinegar, a clean spray bottle and some dye free paper towels.

How do you treat cat urine?

First, you will blot up as much of the urine as possible if you have a fresh urine stain. Use the paper towels and dab the spot until as much of the urine is removed as possible. Be sure to blot and not rub the spot because rubbing could cause fiber damage.

Now that you have blotted up the urine, you will mix your vinegar solution. You want a 3 part to 1 part mix so fill up your bottle 25 percent of the way with white distilled vinegar. Now, fill the bottle the rest of the way up with water. This will give you the 1 part vinegar to 3 part water mix. Add the sprayer and shake the bottle to mix the solution.

Take your spray bottle and spray the spot. Be careful not to over saturate it because that could cause urine to sink deeper into the carpet and the pad. Give it a few seconds to dwell which will give it the time needed to break up and absorb the urine.

Now, blot up the vinegar solution with your paper towels. Once again, be careful not to rub the spot. If the stain is still present, you can repeat this process but be careful not to get your carpet too wet.

When you are done, place a stack of paper towels on the spot and put a weight on top of it. The remaining urine and vinegar will slowly wick into the towels over the course of the next several hours. Replace the towels if they become saturated.