10 Tips to Remove Urine (and the Smell) from Furniture

How to Remove the Urine Smell from Furniture: 10 Tips to Know

One of the most frustrating aspects of living with urinary incontinence is dealing with the lingering smell of urine on furniture. However, rest assured there are effective ways to address this issue and reclaim the freshness of your living space. Explore these practical tips below so you know how to remove any pee stains and foul odors from your furniture.

Understanding Urine Stains and Smells

The reason urine stains are so difficult to get out of fabric and upholstery is because urine contains many organic proteins, which are good at binding to textile fibers. That’s why it’s important to use cleaning solutions to actually get the pee out rather than simply using a damp cloth to treat messes and urine stains.

Urine smell on the other hand can have many different causes. They all ultimately boil down to the fact that urine odor stems from the amount and concentration of uric acid and other waste products excreted by the kidneys. If you don’t drink enough water, the smell may get stronger and stronger.

10 Tips to Tackling Urine Odor

1.Act Promptly Before it’s Too Late

Dealing with urine odor requires immediate attention. The longer fresh urine lingers, the more challenging it becomes to remove. Whenever an accident occurs, try to address the issue as soon as possible to prevent the smell from permeating into the furniture fabric.

2. Always Remember: Blot, Don't Rub

Start by gently blotting the affected area with cold water and an absorbent paper towel or a microfiber cloth. Avoid rubbing the stain, as this can further push the urine into the fabric. Blotting helps to soak up as much as possible.

3. Use the Right Type of DIY Cleaning Solution

Creating a homemade cleaning solution can be an effective and affordable approach. For an odor remover, mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Vinegar is known for its natural deodorizing properties and can help eliminate the urine smell. For stain removal, try mixing four tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with two tablespoons of warm water and a few drops of dish soap.

4. Try a Steam Cleaner to Deep Clean

Consider renting a steam cleaner from your local home improvement store or using the attachment on your vacuum cleaner to deep clean your furniture. Make sure to follow the steam cleaner manufacturer’s instructions for your specific furniture steamer.

5. Treat with a Stain Remover for Best Results

Spray the cleaning solution generously on the stained area. Allow it to sit for a few minutes to penetrate the fabric and break down the urine particles. Remember to follow the instructions for any commercial stain-removing products you choose to use.

6. Purchase Cleaning Products Designed for Urine Stains

If you don’t want to make your own cleaning solution, there are various upholstery cleaners and other cleaning products on the market specifically for urine stains and smells. Parentgiving provides a full line of cleaning projects for urinary incontinence.

7. Treat Old Urine Stains with Enzymatic Cleaners

For old, persistent, or severe urine odors, an enzyme cleaner can be highly effective. These specialized cleaners contain enzymes that break down the urine molecules and neutralize the odor. Follow the instructions on the product carefully, as they often require a longer drying time.

8. Air Out the Furniture After Every Cleaning

Regardless of the cleaning method, always allow the furniture to air dry in a well-ventilated area. This helps to remove any remaining odors and ensures the fabric is thoroughly dried. Opening windows or using fans can expedite the process.

9. Freshen Up with Odor Absorbers

To maintain a pleasant fragrance in your living space, consider using odor-absorbing products, such as baking soda or activated charcoal. Sprinkle a generous amount onto the furniture, let it sit for a few hours, and vacuum it off. These natural substances absorb odors, leaving your furniture smelling fresh.

10. Turn to Protective Measures with Premium Products

To prevent future accidents from seeping into your furniture or mattresses, consider using waterproof furniture covers or bed pads specifically designed for incontinence. Barriers made with waterproof fabrics can provide an extra layer of protection and make cleanup easier. 

Pinpointing the cause of the leak will also help to determine the right protective measures. For example, the proper fit of an adult diaper is key to preventing leakage. If the diaper fits perfectly, trying something like a booster pad to increase the absorbency of your diaper may be a better solution. Whatever the issue, we have the right products to help.

Find Cleaning Solutions for Urinary Incontinence and Odor with Parentgiving

Living with urinary incontinence may present challenges, but it should never hinder your ability to enjoy a fresh and inviting living space. By taking prompt action, using the right cleaning techniques, and incorporating preventive measures, you can effectively eliminate urine odor and stains from furniture. 

To get started, explore Parentgiving’s full line of urinary incontinence cleaning products today.