Cats are supposed to pee in the litter box. But unfortunately, they don't always get this memo! If your cat has decided to urinate on your upholstered chair instead, you'll need to take steps to get rid of not only the stain, but also the urine scent. Here's what to do.

Step 1: Soaking Up the Urine

The more urine you can soak up at this stage, the less there will be for the cleaning solutions you use later on to neutralize. An easy way to soak up the urine without getting it all over your clothes is to fold an old towel into quarters or eighths. Place the old towel over the urine-stained area, and then place a plastic bag on top of the towel. Press straight down on the towel. The plastic bag will keep your hands from coming into contact with the urine if it seeps through the towel. Repeat this step a few times, using a dry section of towel each time, until you're not able to soak up any more liquid.

Step 2: Using some oxygenating cleaner.

Oxygenating cleaning products that are sold for use in the washing machine are great for removing pet urine stains. The oxygenating compounds help break apart the urea, which is the component of urine that gives it a yellow color (and also some of its stench.) Place a teaspoon of a powdered, oxygenating cleaner in a cup of warm water. Then, pour the mixture onto the stained area. Let it sit there and do its job for about 10 minutes, and then blot it up. When blotting, be sure to use a straight up-and-down motion rather than rubbing the stain.

Step 3: Neutralizing lingering odors with vinegar.

At this point, you should no longer be able to see the urine stain, and there should not be a strong odor, either. But any lingering odor is bad news, and this last step is an extra precaution to get rid of the last hints of a bad scent. Prepare a mixture of half white vinegar and half water. Pour it generously onto the stained area. After letting it sit for about 10 minutes, blot most of it up -- but leave the area a bit damp. The lingering vinegar will help neutralize odors and then slowly evaporate out of the upholstery over the next day or so.

If you still see or smell a urine stain once the spot dries, then contact a professional cleaning company like Amer Carpet Cleaners.

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