Trying to get a urine smell out of a fabric chair

q trying to get a urine smell out of a fabric chair
I purchased a chair f/the goodwill. As you can see it’s in very good shape. However, I smell a faint odor of urine. I febreezed it, but I still smell it. Short of immersing it in water, what can I do???? Thanking you in advance.
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  • Rowgop (Pam) Rowgop (Pam) on Dec 14, 2017
    Found a couple of different products...

    Ok, this is going to sound silly, but go to the petstore, I know Petsmart has it, it's called Simple Solution. It gets urine smell out very well! It will work fantastic. It even smells pretty good! I used it when potty training my dogs and it will work wonders on your little mishap! OR
    "Mother's Little Helper" might do it. You can find it at Babies R Us. It also comes in a dog version called "Nature's Miracle" that you can find at Petsmart. I believe they are both the same formula.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Dec 14, 2017
    Here's an article that should help. I'm guessing that the problem is that it's gotten into the foam, under the fabric, and that's why Fabreeze is not working. If any ideas here from this website or posted by others, Possibly you could deep soak it. You might even try a pet store for a better ingredient. Many of those are stronger. In a worst case scenario, you might have to reupholster the chair or at least change the foam under the fabric. There are so many DIY tutorials on how to do that, I'm sure you'll figure it out. :) Wishing you the best and hoping one of the ideas posted here will work for you.

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    • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Dec 19, 2017
      I know, me too. I've thought about it but right now don't have anything that truly needs it. Although, the chair my hubby sits in could be a candidate LOL I'm sure he'd be upset if I mentioned trying to upholster it, though. One project I did turned out as a fail because the epoxy clear coat never cured - what a mess. I'm still trying to remove it with paint remover. I have about 1/3 done, but I got tired of doing it when I used the whole can. I've got some Citristrip so maybe after the holidays......

  • Julie M. Julie M. on Dec 14, 2017
    Shampoo the upholstery. If that doesn't work, reupholster.

  • Sharon Brown Davis Sharon Brown Davis on Dec 14, 2017
    Reupholster. It's ruined. That stuff they say will take out urine smells on carpet to me smells worse so I'd stay away from that too.

  • Cathy Hale Cathy Hale on Dec 14, 2017
    This is going to sound nuts, but I've done this in the past with beautiful results. Be forewarned. This may wreck the chair depending on the fabric, stuffing, etc., but I haven't wrecked on yet. My husband's recliner is always getting very dirty and dusty. Over the years, I have taken several of his recliners outside on the driveway or patio. You need a sunny, hot, and dry day. I live in Arizona, so no problem finding several of those in a row.

    Then I get out a bucket and the garden hose. I absolutely soak the chair until it is dripping wet. Next I put some Dawn or upholstery shampoo in the bucket and add water. I pour that over the chair. It usually takes several buckets to cover the entire chair. Then I let it sit and soak for 30-60 minutes.

    Next, I use a very soft brush or sponge to gently scrub areas where there are stains or extra dirty spots, like the arms of the chair.

    Finally I get the hose back out and rinse, rinse, rinse until the water runs clear of soap and dirt. Then I leave the chair outside in the sun to drip and air dry. Sometimes it takes a couple of days to completely dry, but the more man-made materials the chair is made from and stuffed with, the less time it takes to dry. If the seat cushion is removable, do that as a separate piece.

    Like I said, I know this sounds totally nuts, and I would not do this on a valuable silk-covered, horse hair stuffed antique. But since the recliners are either going to get clean or they are going to be replaced, I figure it's worth taking a chance.

  • Lee Willman Lee Willman on Dec 14, 2017
    Try an essential oil called Thieves. Used it to get sour milk smell out of new SUV after milk spilled. We just had to run a diffuser once. Since you can't close car door perhaps you can try making a tent to contain mist. Good luck

  • Cathy Hale Cathy Hale on Dec 14, 2017
    Another idea is to get a large contractors plastic bag. Put the chair in the bag, sprinkle all over with baking soda, and stuff the bag with wadded up newspapers. Seal the bag and let sit for a couple of days. Then unwrap, vacuum, and see if the smell is gone. Both baking soda and newspapers are famous for drawing odors out of things. I'm just not sure if they will draw the odor from down in the foam cushion or padded parts.

  • Heather Bressette Heather Bressette on Dec 17, 2017

    • Robin Goodale Robin Goodale on Dec 17, 2017
      What about putting cleaning vinegar in a spray bottle and spraying the upholstery? There was a cat urine smell in my daughter’s car. Found the source—the car floor mats. I used straight vinegar, pouring it onto the carpeted mat and scrubbed it with an old towel. Took the odor out on the first try!!

  • Dagmar Riley Dagmar Riley on Dec 17, 2017
    the other option would be to have it cleaned professionally. The cost varies widely from company to company; rangi anywhere from $10-$50 per chair. You can check locally for a company and often companies will give you free estimates. As beautiful as this chair is, I would probably would pay the few bucks and have it done right. You could also check here for an estimate but being such a big company it probably costs a bit more than finding a local small independent company:

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    • Dagmar Riley Dagmar Riley on Dec 17, 2017
      You’re welcome! I usually wouldn’t spend money on professional cleaning either but this chair really looks great and I think would be worth it.

  • Ctr20120433 Ctr20120433 on Dec 18, 2017
    Spent half vinegar half water straight lemon juice spray it on

  • Eleanora Hopkins Eleanora Hopkins on Dec 18, 2017
    I have to small dogs and sometimes they have accidents on my cloth sofa. I read someplace about spraying alcohol on the area. Let it dry over night. It worked great and no more smell. Good luck!

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Dec 18, 2017
    Replace the foam cushion.

  • Theresa Theresa on Dec 18, 2017

  • DP DP on Dec 20, 2017
    I would first try to steam clean it, if you don't own a machine rent one and get the pet odor type of cleaner that goes with this type of cleaner. I had a carpet that my very old dog had peed on and it smelled really bad. I couldn't take up the carpeting at that time so what I did was spray it with oxy clean first (I made it fairly wet so it soaked into the pad underneath) and let it sit a couple hours then I used the steam cleaner to clean that carpet and the smell was gone.
    I also had a small spot on the couch where a cat peed once and I did the same thing with it and the smell and stain were gone.
    I think the oxy clean breaks down the pee and then steam cleaning it made the smell go away. Since it is into the foam I would make it a little wetter than usual and try to suction as much of the liquid out as possible then let it sit in a warm area with air flow to dry.

  • Susan M. Roth Susan M. Roth on Dec 25, 2017
    We have the three rescued pets; 1 dog (female, spayed), & 2 cats, (male & a female, both are spayed & neutered). And the female cat, must be lazy to walk to one of the 3 litter boxes, because every couple of months she will just urinate wherever she pleases. 🙇‍♀️

    I read a lot of the responses and everyone has great ideas. However, I buy hydrogen peroxide by the gallon, after searching the Internet regarding the urine odor & stains.

    I've even used it in our carpet cleaner, but it not only removes the urine stains, it also eliminates the odor.

    i wish you luck