Getting Pet Urine Odor out of a Microfiber Couch

I have a problem. I love my little kitty cat; he is the fluffiest, snuggliest little baby I know, but he has decided that my couch is his litterbox. Any time I leave him alone, he pees on the cushion. It’s weird because he very rarely does it anywhere else!

I’m working on getting him to stop- I’ve used pheremores, I lock him up while I’m gone during the day- but if you have any other suggestions, please let me know. I have taken him to the vet and they said nothing is wrong with him- it is just behavioral. Lucky me.

I’m really sad because I feel like my couch is being ruined. So, I combed the internet for cleaning techniques.

My couch is microfiber and from Ashley Furniture. I desperately want a new couch, but am afraid that he will ruin it immediately.

So, in the meantime, here is what I do to clean it:

  1. As soon as you discover the “accident,” use paper towels to soak up as much as possible. Luckily, Cesar usually doesn’t go very much- another clue to me that this is just behavioral.
  2. As soon as possible, fully saturate the area with an enzyme cleaner. I like Nature’s Miracle. Follow the directions on the bottle, but some say to use a white rag to soak up the moisture after 5-10 minutes.
  3. If you want to do a deep cleaning, take the cushion covers off of the couch & run them through the washer with 1 cup of vinegar. Unfortunately my cushion covers are sewn to the foam cushion and you can’t take them off without ruining the couch. IMG_2619
  4. Take the cushions off of the couch. I set mine on my screened porch. Spray with a mixure of 1/2 white vinegar, 1/2 warm water. I sprayed until they were very wet all over.

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       5. Then, sprinkle the entire cushion with baking soda. I sprinkled heavily, using a whole box on the 2 cushions.

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6. Let sit for at least an hour- I left mine over night.

7. Vaccum well. I used the brush attachment and vaccumed slowly, twice in each direction (vertical & horizontal). Then I placed the cushions back on the couch.

8. Optional- I scotch guarded my whole couch again once I got it clean. This will hopefully help in the future (it was also scotch guarded when I bought it about a year and a half ago.)

9. Finally, I sprayed the whole thing heavily in Febreeze. I like the super odor eliminating kind, especially for pet odors.

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That’s it! My couch seriously smells and feels 10,000 times better! I am very happy with this system- it took a little time but was physically easy and used all ingredients I already had. Most importantly, it worked!

Do you have any tips for cleaning pet odors? What about for keeping them from being bad in the first place?

18 thoughts on “Getting Pet Urine Odor out of a Microfiber Couch

  1. I had to buy a plastic carpet runner and turn them upside down (nubs up) to keep my cat off my couch. I hate to do this but I can’t afford to buy a new couch and washing the covers cause wear and tare and frustration after a while.

    • thats a good idea! My dad has put upside down (sticky side up) tape on the hood of his car to keep the cat off! (he loved to throw up on the convertible roof, haha)

  2. Just reading thru this for some additional tips. Thought I would give and take. When using enzymatic cleaner, if it smells WORSE after use, that is GOOD. (It means the enzymes are breaking down the stuff and ammonia and more is being released.) Not many websites tell you what to do next, and I’ve not seen it on a bottle of enzyme cleaner anywhere. However, I found it on an obscure website, and sure enough, works like a charm. Cleaning vinegar. After the enzymatic has dried, simply mist heavily with vinegar and then let air out for a good hour or two. The vinegar naturally dissipates, leaving you with zero smell. Under $2 a half gallon jug at any box store (mart, depot, etc). I hated chemistry, but supposedly, the science of how it combines with the ammonia to neutralize it is pretty simple. The enzyme stuff is essential though, need that to quickly break down to ammonia first. Worked great for ferret smells for me! (And those are STINKY critters.) Hope this helps some folks!

  3. This post is a Christmas miracle. Thank you for sharing your brilliant advice, you saved our couch and me a little piece of mind before the holiday shindigs start!

  4. Best thing I’ve used to avoid pet urine stains? Plastic shower curtain! Cats usually hate plastic so they won’t jump on it much less pee. And if they do, it’s plastic! Much easier clean up! Saved my bed from my cat with a major attitude problem! Good luck!

      • lol sounds like a good plan but messy clean up! My cat was a Persian. So long hair covered in duct tape sounds like someone is getting their butt kicked by a cat! Hope you figure out what’s going on and life can go back to a urine free couch soon!

      • lol sounds like a good plan but messy clean up! My cat was a Persian. So long hair covered in packing tape sounds like someone is getting their butt kicked by a cat! Hope you figure out what’s going on and life can go back to a urine free couch soon!

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  6. The problem that I’m having is that my cushions do not remove from my couch. It’s all sewn together. I’ve used enzyme cleaners over and over again. But she still keeps going back. How do you keep her from continuing to do it?

    • If they do not remove then I would clean them directly on the couch. Enzyme cleaners, vinegar, baking soda, and applying a lot of pressure to try to absorb the moisture out of there. I have tried laying tin foil or tape sticky side up on the cushions to keep the cat off! Good luck.

  7. I have a sectional and my cat speed on the recliner part. I can’t take it apart or take it outside :( I just got my sectional a month ago so I’m really trying to take care of it. I don’t know what to do anymore. Help please

    • All you can do is spray it (soak it!) with the urine remover, then use rags to try to soak up all the moisture. Then I add the vinegar and baking soda, let sit, and vacuum. The best thing you can do is try to keep the cat off the chair – easier said than done I know. Try packing tape sticky side up or tin foil on the spots he likes to jump on – landing on that a few times will scare them away! Good luck.

      • I’m going to try that tonight. I’ve already soaked it up a little with water and vinegar but the next day the smell was still there. I just got some baking soda and I’m going to definitely use it later. Thank you for your advice. I’m going to do both, the tape and tin foil. Lol thank you so much again. My family and couch will be very grateful. :)

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