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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 cushion 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 to deodorize the sofa.
My couch is microfiber and from Ashley Furniture. I desperately want a new couch, but am afraid that he will ruin it immediately.
Process for getting pee smell out of couch
So, in the meantime, here is what I do to clean the couch cushions:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. You can’t take them off without ruining the couch.
- Take the cushions off of the sofa. I set mine on my screened porch. Spray with a mixture of 1/2 white vinegar, 1/2 warm water. I sprayed until they were very wet all over.
5. Then, sprinkle the entire cushion with baking soda. I sprinkled heavily, using a whole box on the 2 cushions.
6. Let sit for at least an hour- I left mine over night.
7. Vacuum well. I used the brush attachment and vacuumed 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.
That’s it! That’s how to get dog smell out of microfiber couch.
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!
- Paper towels
- Enzyme cleaner
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Scotch guard
- Air freshener
- Spray bottle
- Washing machine
- Use paper towels to soak up as much of the moisture as possible.
- Fully saturate the area with an enzyme cleaner, following the directions on the bottle.
- If you have removable cushion covers - take the cushion covers off of the couch & run them through the washer with 1 cup of vinegar.
- Spray cushions with a mixture of 1/2 white vinegar, 1/2 warm water
- Sprinkle the entire cushion heavily with baking soda.
- Let sit for at least an hour.
- Vacuum clean.
- Optional- apply scotch guard to help protect in the future.
- Spray with Febreeze or odor eliminator of choice.
Do you have any tips for cleaning pet odors? What about for keeping them from being bad in the first place?
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