How to Get Cat Pee Smell Out of Furniture

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How to Get Cat Pee Out of Furniture

Cats—we love them and they bring us so much joy…unless you accidentally discover a surprise puddle of cat pee on your beloved furniture! Whether it’s marking their territory or an accident that occurred while you were away, if your furbaby left behind a urine stain, don't despair.

In this blog post, we'll provide straightforward instructions to help get the inevitable stench and mess out of any type of furniture, from bean bags to couches to mattresses, quickly and easily.

Why is my Cat Peeing on My Furniture?

Cats are territorial animals, so it is not surprising yourcat may be marking her territory around your home. It can sometimes be very disconcerting when this behavior occurs on furniture, such as a bean bag! Cats display their territorial nature in three main ways: rubbing, scratching, and spraying/urinating.

  1. Rubbing: A cat willrub against a surface to activate scent glands in its cheeks and sides to release its personal scent on an object, which lets other animals know it’s theirs.
  2. Scratching: Cats also have glands in their paw pads, so when they scratch an object, their scent is released onto it.
  3. Spraying/urinating: Cats release urine by either peeing directly onto an object or spraying urine onto a vertical surface (like the edge of your couch).

These behaviors usually occur when cats feel a new threat to their territories, such as the introduction of another pet or even visitors to the home. In order to keep your cat from repeatedly trying to mark her territory over and over again, consider getting her spayed or neutered; this helps reduce the number of hormones causing them to mark their area.

Regardless of the reason, your cat is going where she shouldn’t, and the effects on your furniture can seem impossible to remove.

How to Get Cat Pee Out of a Mattress

Accidents happen, and if your cat urinates on your mattress, it can be a difficult cleaning task. The good news is that with the right approach, it is possible to get rid of the smell and the stain.

First, mix enough warm water with dish soap to make a solution. Sponge this on the area soaked in your pet's urine, as well as its surrounding areas.

Then mix two parts white vinegar, and one part water to clean the spot, but be sure not to drench it! Adding too much moisture could activate the proteins in the urine, which would make it more difficult for the mattress to dry out.

Use a cloth dampened with cold water to rinse any residue left behind from the dish soap. Finally, use another cloth dampened with vinegar and cold water and apply it directly onto the affected area. These simple steps will help restore your mattress so it looks – and smells – good as new!

How to Get Cat Pee Out of a Couch

If you're dealing with a cat that has been leaving its mark on a couch, don't despair. With the right approach, it is possible to remove both the smell and the stain from your furniture. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you should act quickly; the sooner you react, the easier it will be to get cat pee out of a couch.

Begin by cleaning any solid matter from the area and then sponging with cold water. Blot gently until all liquids have been absorbed, and then mix a solution of two parts white vinegar, and one part water, and sponge onto the area again.

After this, use an upholstery cleaner specifically designed for use on fabrics, before using either a wet vacuum or paper towels to remove any remaining moisture. With this method, you should eliminate all of the odor as well as discourage any future accidents.

How to Get Cat Pee Out of a Pillow

Cleaning cat pee out of a pillow can be a tricky job, but it is important that it is done effectively because not only is the smell unpleasant, but also urine is incredibly difficult to get out of fabric. To ensure that all signs of the accident are removed and your pillow is back to its original state, start by blotting up as much moisture as possible with a pack of paper towels or cloth.

Next, mix equal parts white vinegar and water into a bowl, then apply liberally over the affected area. Allow the vinegar solution to sit on the spot for several minutes before blotting it up with clean towels; you may need to repeat this step multiple times.

Once you are satisfied that most of the urine has been removed, sprinkle baking soda onto the stain and let sit for at least an hour before vacuuming off any residue. And if you want to protect your pillows from cat pee, check out CordaRoy'sCooling Pillows that feature washer and dryer-friendly removable covers great for easy cleaning! This will help ensure your pillow is clean and fresh for many more peaceful nights!

How to Get Cat Pee Out of a Chair

If you've ever had a cat and witnessed them accidentally peeing in a chair, you know that dealing with it can be tough. Fortunately, it is possible to get cat pee out of a chair if you tackle the problem right away.

Start off by blotting away as much of the urine as possible using paper towels or rags. Next, create a cleaning solution by mixing one part white vinegar and two parts water. With a cloth or sponge, apply the solution to the area and let it sit for a few minutes.

Then, using a hand-held scrub brush, scrub firmly in circular motions before wiping up any excess moisture and letting it air-dry completely. With these tips, you should be able to successfully remove cat urine from your chair!

How Do You Get the Smell Out of a Bean Bag Cover?

We get that accidents happen. Thankfully with a CordaRoy's bean bag, you can keep up with light messes in the most effortless way possible. For small accidents that have not soaked through to the foam, just unzip the removable cover (and bed protector if you have one) and throw it into your washing machine. It’s that easy! 

For non-removable covers, removing the smell of cat urine from a bean bag cover can be difficult, but not impossible. To start, you should make sure to clean up any liquid mess thoroughly with an absorbent cloth and then vacuum the area. Next, mix two parts white vinegar, and one part water for your cleaning solution and spray it directly onto the affected area.

Let this sit for 30 minutes before blotting it up with a clean cloth. If an odor is still lingering, sprinkle some baking soda directly onto the spot and again let it sit before vacuuming it up - baking soda is known to nix persistent odors without damaging fabric or materials. Following these steps should have your bean bag cover smelling like new!

How Do You Clean Pee Out of a CordaRoy Bean Bag?

Cleaning pee out of a CordaRoy Bean Bag is easier than you would expect. The trick lies in the design of the bean bag itself. Unlike most furniture, CordaRoy's bean bag covers are machine wash and dry-friendly. Simply unzip the cover and toss it in the washing machine for fast hygienic cleaning. If cat pee has seeped into the bean bag itself, you may consider dumping the current foam and ordering foam booster packs to refill the liner. To do this, you'll need a paperclip to remove the liner and scoop out the soiled foam.  

If you really want to be prepared for anything, consider picking up one of our waterproof protectors. Thesebed protectors provide a waterproof top and bottom while offering breathable side panels, allowing you to keep your convertible bean bag chair looking like new. Not only that, but an extra-long L-shaped zipper makes it extremely easy to put on and take off. This will not only repel any future pet accidents but make that pesky urine cleanup an absolute breeze!


The trouble of dealing with pet accidents can be avoided by taking the appropriate steps to prevent them from happening in the first place; however, if your cats do have an accident, knowing how to get cat pee out of different surfaces is essential. From mattresses and couches to pillows and chairs, these simple tips will help you remove unwanted odors and stains from your furniture quickly and effectively. With a little work, you'll have your home smelling as good as new!


Why Do Cats Rub Against You? | PetMD

Urine Marking in Cats | ASPCA

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