How to use vinegar to clean cat pee smell out of a leather couch?
November 9, 2010 11:24 PM Subscribe
Another cat pee smell on couch question. Specifically, leather couch with cushions that do not come off. Multiple repeat offender cat. Multiple varied attempts to remove smell/prevent new "accidents". Now I'm going to try vinegar. Any step by step methods for these specific circumstances?
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I've only managed to find instructions for using vinegar on leather couches with cat urine odor that involve removing cushions or covers. I'm pretty sure the smell is coming from INSIDE THE CUSHION and not the leather itself. I don't mind the couch smelling like vinegar for a while, but not forever, and I don't want to mess this up. Any advice or experiences?
The couch has been through a lot but it's our first nice expensive-ish couch and I really don't want to have to replace it. The first pee event was about 2 months ago. Since then, we have tried spraying it with different products, soaking it with different products, and all the while keeping the cat off with aluminum foil (which works 99% of the time). Now it has a strange smell that has evolved from cat pee and the various products we've used, which easily transfers onto anything that makes contact with it.
The main spot is between the seat cushion and the back cushion. None of the cushions are removable, so to saturate this area we've either held it open and sprayed, or poured it on to soak entirely through so that it even drips out the back (an attempt to simulate the path of the pee to make sure all parts were treated). I wonder if inadequate evaporation prevents the smell from being removed, though mold does not seem to be an issue. It does dry completely (eventually) and does not smell like mold at all.
We've tried enzymatic products (Nature's Miracle and Zero Odor) but not the chemical-y carpet cleaners for fear of messing up the couch. Nature's Miracle and (especially) Zero Odor HAVE worked really well for us on carpets and in laundry.
We're keeping the cat, no matter what. Also, we have been to the vet and she is physically healthy with no infections or illnesses causing the misbehavior. We have two cats, and two litterboxes that are cleaned daily. Our current theory on why she pees outside of the litterbox is a combination of a fear of poop (she doesn't bury her own and will prefer to pee in the litterbox with no poop when given the option), territoriality (the other cat is also a girl, and they get along very lovingly and adorably, but the one is very very good about the litterbox i.e. scratching after every use even if not her own), conditioning (it's been a problem for a while and she sticks to the same pee spots), and stress (she has occasional neurotic mood swings.... you know, cuz she's a cat).