How to remove the cat pee smell from a couch
Sadly, this is something I have gotten good at lately.
*DISCLAIMER- if your cat is peeing outside the litter box suddenly, you need to take him/her to the vet to rule out any serious problem. We have done this several times- our cat is fine and seems to just have an attitude.*
Once in awhile our cat will pee on our couch. There's no trigger that we can identify. She has several litter boxes that are kept clean and she seems to like her litter, as far as we can tell. She goes months using it perfectly and then bam, accident. We ruled out any sickness, bladder issues, etc. Basically, she's just a cat, and she's vengeful.
I don't mean to brag but I am a CHAMPION at getting out the stink right now. This morning as we were putting cushion covers back on my husband even complimented my skills at this.
Make sure your couch materials are ok for this treatment before you try it!
Here's what you need:
Distilled White Vinegar
First: Remove the cushion cover and throw it in the washing machine. Do a cold rinse. Wash on hot (if possible for your fabric) with your regular laundry soap, but put VINEGAR in the fabric softener spot. Do a 2nd rinse after the wash and dry as needed for your fabric.
While that's in the wash, take your cushion outside. Sprinkle baking soda over the top of it. Now, pour distilled white vinegar all over the top as well. The baking soda will fizz and bubble and the vinegar will get in all the cracks as it goes down into the cushion. Leave this to dry in the sun if at all possible, rotating it vertically 90 degrees every so often. When I do this I literally see yellow pee dripping out of the cushion. Gross, huh? That's why we do this outside.
When your cushion is dry, turn on your hose and RINSE RINSE RINSE all that dried baking soda out. Dry your cushion again. I know, it's a pain. So is smelling cat pee every time you sit down to watch tv.
Reassemble your couch when everything is dry.
This is fail-proof for me, but tweak as needed (and let me know how you adjusted it!)