Cleaning pet urine stains from your sofa is something that everyone has to deal with, no matter how well you pet is trained. Animals get sick or scared, or maybe even a friend’s dog has had an accident or two on the sofa. Pet urine stains are also something that all of a sudden become more noticeable if company is coming and you are giving the house a thorough cleaning. If this is the case, then the stains have probably set in and will be more difficult to remove. Read on to see what tips the experts have for you with regards to cleaning pet urine stains from your sofa:
If the stain is wet: If you are lucky enough to catch the stain when it is wet, use paper towels or newspaper to soak up as much as possible. Keep pressing down with the paper towels until you get as much liquid as possible and the carpet or upholstery is almost dry. This is the best way to prevent the stain from setting in. Then either place the paper towels in the litter box for a cat, or outside for a dog. This reinforces that it’s okay to go to the bathroom, just not on the couch or the carpet.
Then use cool water to rinse the area and again blot until the stain is almost dry. This takes some time, but is the best way to prevent a permanent stain. Avoid using harsh chemical cleaners and steam cleaning as these will either set the stain or bleach the fabric of the sofa.
If the Stain is Dry: Since this is usually the case (maybe someone couldn’t wait until you got home) we will focus on this more likely possibility now. If the stain is dried, you will first need to go over the area with a sturdy brush (an ordinary hair brush will do.) The brush will loosen up the dirt and oils that are in the upholstery fabric. This dirt and oil help to hold the stain in.
After that, vacuum the area to get any dust and dirt out of the upholstery that is trapping the stain into the fabric. The next step is to take plain cold water and a terry cloth towel to work on the stain itself. Plain cold water may or may not get out the stain, but what it will do is remove any old soap residue that may also be trapping the stain into the fabric.
After the upholstery is thoroughly cleaned with water and dried, then you can go to the pet store and find a stain remover and neutralizer that they recommend if the stain is still present.