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A cat urine remover fulfills two, sometimes three needs. Remove the odor, remove the urine and some products also have a deterrent to help prevent future episodes. Now you’re ready to start the laborious task of cleaning. First, find out how the urine remover product works. Read the directions thoroughly, making sure that the product isn’t harmful to cats. All the products I’ve tested were labeled as being pet-safe. Remember, some stains are forever.
Products described as “stain removers” don’t always seem to work because, after a while, urine can permanently discolor carpet. Most things with acid will bleach. If you see a yellow mark from cat urine, it might be too late (although if it's normal urine, not spray, you can usually get it clean) or the carpet has already been damaged. If the fibers have already been bleached, then a cat urine remover treatment may remove the offensive odor, but it can’t replace the lost color.
Clean a soiled spot right when it happens, or as soon as you discover it. When Max is in a stressed mode I go on what I call “piss patrol” because cleaning a soiled spot when it’s old urine and dried, will just knock you over.
Don’t forget to use the cat urine remover to treat the rubber padding or mats beneath the carpet. They’ll hold odors forever. Some products have an injector to deal with this, if not, buy one. When cleaning up a recent mistake, place a towel over the spot and blot it by pressing down. Repeat this until you get no more moisture from the carpet.
Do NOT rub the carpet, as this will only force the urine deeper into the pad. Also, a wet spot on the carpet from a cat accident is just like an iceberg…you’re only seeing the tip. If the spot appears to be the size of a silver dollar, you probably have a five or six inch stain on the pad. Blot and treat the entire area with the cat urine remover or you’ll be wasting your time.
We have narrowed down the numerous cat urine remover and cleaner products out there, and followed the manufacturer’s directions on urine-stained carpet. Myself and a few friends with the same cat spraying problems used each product on similar soiled carpet areas and consider our opinions to be unbiased.
After drying for 10 days, the areas were covered with plastic for two weeks using carpet tacks. This was to check what odor leached out of the pad beneath. With normal air circulation we might not have had the test we were looking for.
When the two weeks were up, we used our noses to determine which cat urine remover products worked best. We then compared the price and the amount of time and energy it took to apply the solution. Those will be listed first. Listed second will be the products that received mixed reviews such as removing the urine smell but leaving behind a musty odor along with some of the products that are not recommended because we had negative reactions to them.
These products were tested over a six month period because we didn’t want to use any particular area more than once and we sometimes didn't have a sample area to work with (normally a good thing). I agree that this is not professional testing done in a laboratory. It is simply testing the products by using them as directions of the package indicate and giving the final consumer opinion...with our noses.
There are a few others that I haven't tried but the reviews looked okay as well as interesting so I have placed a few here. Also, if you smell urine but aren't sure where the source is, try the black light that is shown here, or your local pet store may have a similar black light product. It works pretty good to show urine spots but I've found that it also lights up soap in the shower and my cats don't go in there so just be aware that you can get a few non-true positive results.
Enz-O-Matic Enzyme Action Waste Digester
Just Rite 1.2.3. Odor Free
Others that worked partially or not at all:
Anti-Icky-Poo by MisterMax
I first used this product a few years ago when it was recommended by a
replacement veterinarian when my regular vet was on vacation. I found
that the cat spraying odor returned. I decided to try it again because
it had worked on hard surfaces such as vinyl tile floors and baseboards.
I made sure to use the injector to get down to the carpet pad and
floor, but I had similar results. Over a few weeks I could still smell
the cat spraying urine which is stronger than normal cat or dog urine.
However, on newer incidents it works well so I agree it works partially.
Also, I continue to use this cat urine remover item because something
in the scent residue it leaves behind acts like a deterrent so those
areas are avoided by Max for a long time. See Pet Products