Asked on Aug 27, 2017

How do you permanently remove a cat urine odor from carpet?

Doreen KennedySharonGloria J. Howell


My home is leased. It sat empty for four years. Cats came freely in and out.. I smell it constantly even after shampooing twice with a Rug Dr. I am on a SS budget . This home is in the Historical markers for starting as the first grocery delivery store in the SiouxFalls area.

9 answers
  • Patti Reece DelGrosso
    Patti Reece DelGrosso
    on Aug 27, 2017

    if you know exactly where the spot it cut out and throw it away. Nothing will get rid of this odour. Once you get a whiff of it, it just never goes away.

  • Johnavallance82
    on Aug 27, 2017

    Ask the Historical dept of your Local Authority if they can help in any way.......
  • Mrp28620951
    on Aug 27, 2017

    sorry to tell you but since it was a free cat box for that length of time, you need to rip out carpet AND padding. Urine is in padding and water only disburses the urine. Look into your area's senior centers they usually have information on organizations that assist seniors with rehab/remodel of your home.
  • Fix It Jen
    Fix It Jen
    on Aug 27, 2017

    I agree with the others that your sure bet would be to remove both the carpet and padding; but to eliminate the smell from most human noses (cats will still find it and repeat) try Natures Miracle. Find at pet supply stores. Soak the spots in it, even cover with a damp towel overnight. As many times as you need to.
  • Michele Pappagallo
    Michele Pappagallo
    on Aug 27, 2017

    Most likely the urine has soaked through the carpet and padding...and possibly even into the subflooring. We bought a house years ago that had that problem, and we literally had to rip out sections of subfloor to finally get rid of the smell. if it is a rental, you might try talking with the owner to see what they are willing to do about it.
  • Julie Krasnow Streiker
    Julie Krasnow Streiker
    on Aug 27, 2017

    There is a product called Anti Icky Poo. I kid you not. I have 6 cats who were not using their pans. This took care of the misses and the horrific odor.
  • Gloria J. Howell
    Gloria J. Howell
    on Aug 27, 2017

    Wash with white vinegar
  • Sharon
    on Aug 27, 2017

    I've had to do this for clients, but if those cats were in there that length of time, you need to have landlord remove carpet and possible parts of subfloor. Get a blacklight flashlight, cat urine floresces bright greenish yellow. It might also be on the walls, you can use a pet enzyme cleaner in a spray bottle to remove it. I've had best luck with use tablets you put in warm water, its fresh, and works better. Why pay for water.
    I put these tablets in my carpet cleaner in warm water when doing a clients house, and have even poured on the subfloor in one corner and it removes the odor. Only a pet enzyme cleaner will remove the odor as it works on the protein.

    • Bel28407214
      on Aug 28, 2017

      This sounds like the most successful things i have heard yet. I had never heard of the tablets. Thank you soon much!
  • Doreen Kennedy
    Doreen Kennedy
    on Aug 27, 2017

    The pet stores sell an enzyme solution based product that permanently removes cat and dog urine smell. Just follow the directions. I use it all the time and it works great!
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