Asked on Oct 09, 2014

How do I clean cat urine that has soaked into a leather chair?

I have a leather recliner that has become a cat's go-to spot. Urine has now soaked into the leather and the cushion. I am not too worried about the stain as I am the stench.
  10 answers
  • Shari Shari on Oct 09, 2014
    Oh boy, do I ever have a product recommendation for you!!! I think I initially read about it here on Home Talk! It is called...Anti Icky Poo. I am currently in the process of treating several areas of carpet my cat used as a litter box. Absolutely nothing I have tried in the past completely eliminated the odor so there were several spots the cat would repeatedly return to since she could still smell urine. The Anti Icky Poo seems to be working to eliminate the odor but I admit the process is not a "quick fix"--at least not in my case. It is requiring time, patience and repeated applications. In severe cases, they recommend you allow at least 10 days for the enzyme to work completely. I am also using it on my husband's leather recliner to eliminate the slight smell of body odor it is starting to develop. Anti Icky Poo uses a live bacteria to eliminate any decaying organic material such as cat urine, dog urine, skunk musk, vomit, blood, feces, body odor, food odors etc. This site is informative on how and why it works (but it's a bit hard to navigate) Here is info on how to clean leather with Anti Icky Poo: If you have used any other product to clean or disinfect the chair of urine, you will probably want to get the P Bath solution and use it before you use the Anti Icky Poo. The P Bath neutralizes the other previous treatments and allows the Anti Icky Poo to completely do it's job. Also, if the urine has penetrated the leather and reached the interior cushion of the chair, you will need to get a large needle and syringe to inject the Anti Icky Poo down into the seams of the chair so the solution can neutralize the odor the cushion has absorbed. The company sells a big needle and syringe with the Anti Icky Poo logo but at $10, I'm here to tell you, it is overpriced. If you have a Tractor Supply or farm/feed store near you, you can buy a big needle and syringe there much cheaper, or your vet may give (or sell) you one. Okay, so where do you get Anti Icky Poo? I have found the best prices on Amazon and eBay. It definitely pays to shop around because this stuff isn't cheap. My first order was the combo pack of P Bath, Anti Icky Poo and Stain Remover in quart spray bottles (I ordered from Amazon). I quickly used the entire quart bottle of Anti Icky Poo (spraying it on the carpet and injecting it down into the pad) and although the pee smell was much, MUCH improved, I knew I was going to need to treat again so I ordered a gallon jug (from eBay since I found the best price for a gallon there, with free shipping). It was just delivered as I was typing this so as soon as I hit the "comment" button here, I'm off to treat the spots again. Remember, to totally eliminate the urine smell, you may need to treat the chair several times and most importantly, be patient. Allow time for the bacteria to work. From my experience with it so far, I truly believe this product will eventually eliminate the odor, whereas other products I've tried have only temporarily masked the urine smell.
  • Shari Shari on Oct 09, 2014
    I just wanted to come back and give you an update. It's been about 10 days (maybe 12) since I initially treated the carpet with Anti Icky Poo. As I said above, the new gallon I ordered arrived this afternoon so I got down on my hands and knees and started sniffing the carpet for the spots I needed to treat again. Much to my surprise (and delight!) the areas I previously treated are even less stinky than they were about a week ago when I last sniffed. In fact, there was very little urine smell at all! I have no doubt in my mind that the second treatment I just did should take care of the remaining odor. I probably should also mention that the padding underneath my carpet is really super thick so although I had high hopes I could get rid of the smell on the carpet's surface, I wasn't completely sure it was going to effectively work on the thick padding too. Anti Icky Poo really works!!!! Good luck with your recliner. P.S. My first order of Anti Icky Poo was "unscented." The gallon I just got was the original scent. Of the two, I personally prefer the original. I think it has a pleasant "fresh" smell.
  • Debby Debby on Oct 10, 2014
    Would Anit Icky Poo work on tile and grout?
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    • Shari Shari on Oct 10, 2014
      @Debby Remember, it might take a couple applications and a week or two for the bacteria to completely "eat" the odor but after you have tried it, please let us know how it worked for you.
  • Debby Debby on Oct 10, 2014
    Thank you Shari, I will give it a try
  • Linda Till Linda Till on Oct 10, 2014
    Vinegar works good on fabric. I have an old blind cat and she picks her spot. Usually a rug or a piece of clothing someone "forgot" to put in laundry. I pour about a cup into washer and use the soak cycle and wash. This helps with alot of smells.
  • Patsy Patsy on Oct 10, 2014
    Odor Mute is the most inexpensive and highly effective cat urine odor killer. You can buy it on line. You mix just what you'll use that day as the enzyme action dies after a day or two. The second it hits the odor the odor is gone. No nasty chemical smell left behind. I am a cat rescuer and can tell you it is the best!! If the urine has soaked into the cushion then you'd have to replace the cushion.
  • Rose McDonald Rose McDonald on Oct 10, 2014
    The best thing I've found to remove cat urine odor is a mix of Liquid Lysol in the brown glass bottle, and cold water. Mix about a tablespoon of the Lysol in about a quart of cold water. Dip a washcloth in it and wring out as much liquid as you can. Dab the leather with the damp washcloth and let dry, repeat several times, or until the smell is gone. Don't use hot water, it'll set the smell and any stains that might develop. Don't saturate the leather. This also works on urine spots in carpeting, but with carpet soak the rug and padding with the Lysol and cold water, let set for about half an hour. If the urine has soaked through to the sub-flooring pull back the carpet and padding and apply some of the Lysol and water mix, cover with a damp cloth and let set for about half an hour. Let the wood sub-floor dry completely before replacing the carpet and padding. Remove liquid from the carpeting and padding with a wet vac or rug cleaner. Don't use a regular vacuum cleaner, but only one specifically designed to remove liquids.
  • Lilly Lilly on Feb 25, 2015
    I use a fairly new product I buy thru Amazon called Pee Be Gone. I have an animal rescue and currently have 8male cats with no spray problems as I neutralize their smell, if they start it as soon as possible. I have never sprayed it on leather. But it does work with enzymes in the urine and I love the lavender vanilla fragrance, but all of them work.
  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 14, 2022

    Hi jenny, hope this helps you out, it worked on leather boots so a leather couch should work as well.

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 14, 2022

    You have to check this site out for a product called Pooph.