The cleaning process for cat pee on car seats varies depending on the material, e.g., cloth or leather. The exact procedure can also vary depending on whether the stain is dried or still wet.
But generally, I start the pee-cleaning process by blotting out the urine, applying a suitable cleaning solution, removing bad odor, and allowing the seat to dry once I have cleaned them thoroughly.
Well, this in-detailed cleaning guide better explains my personal opinions, tips, and tricks on cleaning the pee from both the leather and fabric. Read on to learn more about the topic!
Things Required for Cleaning Cat Pee
Telling you again that the exact process to clean a peed car seat varies depending on the upholstery used, such as leather or fabric.
On the below list of things required for cleaning cat pee from the car seat, products from 1-4 are required for both materials, 5-7 are for cloth fabric, and 8-10 are for leather.
For Both [Fabric & Leather]
- Rubber gloves
- Absorbent paper towels
- Bucket, bowl, or spray Bottle
For Cloth/ Fabric Seats
- White Vinegar
- Dish soap
For Leather Seats
- Leather deep cleaner
- Pad or sponge
- Enzyme or bacteria-based cleaner
How to Get Cat Pee Out of Car Seat?
The process of cleaning the cat’s wet/dried pee out of the car seat is pretty much simple. This is how I tackle this issue when my cat spills her pee in my car.
Cleaning Cloth/Fabric Seats: I start with blotting the urine with absorbent paper towels while being careful not to spread it. I prepare a cleaning mixture of dish soap, white vinegar, and water.
After the application, I carefully spread the mixture on the concerned spot and gently scrub it. In the end, I blot the area with a clean, dry cloth and let it air dry properly.
Cleaning Leather Seats: Similar to fabric seats, I blot the urine with absorbent paper towels, working from the outside edges towards the center. If possible, I remove the seat’s stuffing to check for urine smell and prevent settling.
After that, I begin cleaning the leather seat with a leather-specific cleaner, using circular motions. I hand-wash the seat’s stuffing with a bacteria or enzyme-based cleaner and let it air dry completely.
TIP: When my cat pees inside my cat, I first open the windows and doors of the car to let the fresh air enter, eliminating the unpleasant urine odor and preventing the lingering scent of the cleaning solution in your vehicle.
NOTE: Below, I have explained the cleaning pee of cats from both the fabric and leather seats in detail. You can also follow the same steps for your dog and children.
Cleaning Pee From Cloth/ Fabric Seats
1. Soak Up The Urine Using Absorbent Paper Towels.
Gently blot the urine-soaked area using absorbent paper towels. Apply firm pressure and carry on with blotting until no more urine is sucked up.
Be cautious not to span the urine to other areas, paying attention to seams, indents, and dips where the urine may have been associated.
Note: If the urine is dried on the seat, it can still be removed. I suggest leaving the cleaning solution for 2-3 minutes (I’ll teach you to prepare in the next step) before you actually start rubbing the area or doing the actions mentioned below.
2. Create A Cleaning Solution For White Vinegar And Dish Soap.
In a bucket or bowl, stir one tablespoon of white vinegar and one tablespoon of dish soap with two cups of water.
Stir the solution gently to create a lather. Alternatively, you can prepare the solution in a spray bottle for easier application.
3. Spread The Cleaning Solution Onto The Peed Area And Scrub.
When using a bucket or bowl, immerse a cloth into the cleaning solution, ensuring it is not excessively saturated. Wring out the cloth to clear out the unwanted moisture.
However, I personally like to fill a spray bottle with a cleaning solution for ease of use. If you are doing the same, lightly spray it onto the affected area but avoid excessive wetness.
Instead of wiping or smearing, softly pat the cloth onto the affected area, starting from the outer edges of the stain and working toward the center to prevent the urine stain from spreading.
NOTE: Don’t forget to repeat the process of spraying and scrubbing until the area is thoroughly cleaned.
When you finish applying the solution and scrubbing, I suggest you let the solution sit for 15 minutes. This will provide the vinegar enough time to work its magic.
4. Smudge The Spot With A Clean, Dry Cloth To Remove Any Residue.
Take a dry cloth and utilize it to soak up any lingering moisture from the cleaned area. Subsequently, moisten another cloth and delicately pat the affected spot to eliminate any residue. Alternate between the dry cloth and damp cloth until the area is fully dry.
5. Let The Area And Seat Air Dry Naturally And Completely.
Ensure that the doors and windows of the car are open to allow for proper air circulation. This will aid in the complete drying of the seat. Leave the seat to air dry naturally.
Cleaning Pee From Leather Car Seat
1. Blot The Urine With Absorbent Paper Towels.
As usual, begin your journey of cleaning peed vehicle seats by gently blotting the urine from the surface of the leather car seat using absorbent paper towels.
Personally, I avoid wiping, and instead, I like to work from the outer edges of the soiled area towards the center. This technique helps me not to spread the urine.
2. Take Out The Leather Car Seat’s Stuffing. (If Possible)
If your leather car seat has a zipper, unzip it and remove the stuffing. Check if the stuffing smells like urine. If there is no zipper, act quickly to prevent the urine from settling within the stuffing.
3. Clean The Leather Car Seat With A Leather-Specific Cleaner.
Hold on! Have you tested the cleaner? Not yet? Here is how I do it. I test the leather cleaner by applying a minor amount of it on a hidden or inconspicuous area to see if it has any negative effects on the leather.
You should do the same. And if there are no issues, clean the entire seat using a sponge or pad with a small amount of leather cleaner. Clean in circular motions, covering the concerned spot and the whole seat to avoid water stains.
4. Hand-Wash The Leather Car Seat’s Stuffing.
If the seat stuffing is removable and you have taken it out, utilize a bacteria or enzyme-based cleaner to wash it by hand delicately. An enzyme cleaner is especially effective in breaking down the uric acid present in cat urine.
6. Dry The Leather Car Seat In A Cool Area.
Allow the leather car seat to dry in a cool area. Avoid placing it under direct sunlight as the heat can bleach and harden the leather, causing cracks and dryness.
However, to dry seat stuffing, I prefer direct. Unlike leather, direct sunlight aids in quick drying and helps eliminate urine odor in seat stuffing. Typically, the drying process may take a few hours.
NOTE: If a bad odor is coming from the area or the seat you just cleaned, you can see a detailed guide below in such a case. Read that to tackle bad odor.
Does Urine Stain Car Seats?
Yes, urine can stain car seats. In fact, it can also damage the upholstery fibers if left untreated for a long while. From changing the dye structure to producing an unpleasant odor, there are many issues associated with urine on car seats.
Are Urine Stains Permanent?
Urine stains can be permanent if urine is left untreated for a long while. The urine not only stains the upholstery but also damages it, especially the synthetic materials. I always clean immediately if my pets pee on anything before it oxidizes and reacts.
How To Get Cat Pee Smell Out Of Car Seats?
Interestingly, I use the same techniques to remove the pee smell from both the leather car seats and the fabric ones.
Sprinkle Baking Soda On The Affected Area.
I cover the affected area of the car seat with an adequate amount of baking soda, making sure that the whole area is evenly covered.
This is because baking soda has odor-neutralizing properties and can help eliminate unpleasant smells. But it takes a bit of time to show its action.
Let It Sit Overnight/ Half A Day.
I allow the baking soda to remain on the car seat overnight. This extended contact time will give it a chance to absorb and neutralize the odor effectively.
Vacuum The Baking Soda Thoroughly.
After the designated time has passed, I use a vacuum cleaner to thoroughly remove the baking soda from the car seat. I ensure that you vacuum all the crevices and corners to eliminate any residue.
Repeat The Process As Needed.
In case the odor lingers, I repeat the process by evenly sprinkling baking soda on the affected area one more time. I let it sit for the desired duration (half a day for the second round) and subsequently vacuum it up.
Does Cat Urine Damage Car Paint?
From changing the upholstery color of the seat, urine can damage the exterior paint as well. This is because urine has urinary acids that can react with the paint and damage it if the urine isn’t washed off promptly.
How Do I Get the Smell of Cat Pee Out of My Car?
To eliminate the odor of cat urine from your car, I begin by blotting the urine using absorbent paper towels. Next, I prepare a cleaning solution by combining dish soap, white vinegar, and water.
I apply the solution to the affected area and gently scrub it, and allow it to dry. Then, I sprinkle baking soda on the seat to absorb any remaining odors. I vacuum the baking soda after about 24 hours.
What Neutralizes Cat Urine?
White vinegar is an effective neutralizer for cat urine. Its strong acid, acetic acid, aids in breaking down the compounds in cat urine that create the odor. It is also useful in neutralizing cat urine odor due to its natural deodorizing properties.
Why Does My Cat Pee On My Car?
Cats may urinate on cars for several reasons, including marking territory, stress or anxiety, medical issues, or dislike of a particular scent.
I recommend consulting with a veterinarian if your cat is repeatedly peeing on your car to find out any underlying health concerns.
What Is The Best Way To Get Cat Urine Out Of Upholstery?
To eliminate cat urine from upholstery effectively, start by promptly blotting up as much urine as you can using absorbent paper towels.
Next, prepare a cleaning solution by combining equal parts of white vinegar and water in a 1:1 ratio. Apply this prepared mixture to the affected area and gently blot with a cloth.
Repeat the process as needed to ensure thorough cleaning. Afterwards, sprinkle baking soda on the upholstery to absorb any remaining odor and vacuum it up once dry.
How To Clean Pee From Leather Car Seat?
To clean pee from a leather car seat, start by blotting up the urine using absorbent paper towels. Then, use a leather-specific cleaner and a sponge or pad to clean the affected area in circular motions.
Ensure that the cleaner is safe for the specific type of leather. For seat stuffing, use a bacteria or enzyme-based cleaner and wash it gently by hand. Allow both the seat and stuffing to dry completely before reassembling.
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