The smell of pet urine on a microfiber couch is anything but pleasant; you may be finding it hard to sit on your couch without the pungent smell of your dog’s urine invading your nose. You can try keeping your dogs off the couch, but as soon as they get excited or you turn your back, they’ll be back in their favourite spot on the couch. You won’t experience any accidents if your dog is potty trained, but for puppies and dogs that are not, your couch is a target for them. This is why it’s important to know how to clean dog urine from a microfiber couch. Read these steps to clean your couch and rid it of the dog’s urine before it gets the chance to leave an awful, long-lasting scent.
Cleaning Dog Urine From A Microfiber Couch Using Vinegar
Effective cleaning of dog urine from a microfiber couch lies in choosing the best cleaning agents. There are many commercial couch cleaners, but homemade cleaning solutions are natural, eco-friendly, and safe for your family’s health at little to no cost. The first method uses vinegar as a cleaner. Use the 5 steps listed below:
1. Dab Fresh Urine
Start by dabbing the urine with pieces of clean tissue paper until dry. If it’s a fresh stain, remember not to wipe but rather to dab the stain so you absorb the urine instead of rubbing it further into the couch.
2. Vacuum The Couch
Once the couch is dry, proceed to vacuum the entire surface of the couch to remove dust, dirt, pet hair, and any urine crystals that could be left over. Vacuuming the couch will make it easier for the vinegar to work into those stains. For the best results, add an upholstery brush to the end of your vacuum.
3. Spray The Couch
For fresh urine stains, fill an empty spray bottle with half a cup of vinegar and the rest with warm water. For dried urine stains, pour a whole cup of vinegar into a spray bottle and add a cup of warm water. Spray generous amounts of the cleaning solution onto the stains, then let it soak into your microfiber couch for 5 minutes.
4. Scrub The Stains
After having let the stain soak up the mixture, scrub them lightly with a soft sponge or cloth. Dab excess moisture with pieces of tissue paper.
5. Dry And Deodorise
Leave your microfiber couch to dry. Speed up the drying process by turning on a fan to face the couch. Once the couch has dried, deodorise it by sprinkling it with a liberal amount of baking soda. Let the baking soda sit on the couch for up to 24 hours to allow it to absorb any remaining moisture. Then vacuum the baking soda off the couch thoroughly.
Clean Fresh Urine With Salt
Salt is the safest natural cleaner for delicate velour, velvet, microfiber, or suede couches. Follow these 5 steps:
- Just like the previous process, start by dabbing the couch dry from your dog’s urine. Be sure to do this gently otherwise you may risk the moisture soaking deeper into your couch.
- You can skip the step before this if you’re worried about further spreading the stain. Sprinkle a liberal amount of salt directly onto the stained areas.
- Let the salt sit on the stain for a few hours until it starts to lift and dry.
- Once the stains are dry, proceed to vacuum your entire couch, including the salt. Use an upholstery attachment and don’t forget about corners and crevices.
- Repeat this process as many times as necessary until you’re happy with the state of the couch. If stains remain after this cleaning process, use an enzyme cleaner to get rid of the stains instead. Simply do so by applying enzyme cleaner to the couch and dabbing the stain gently with a cloth.
Baking Soda And Hydrogen Peroxide
If you have a light-coloured microfiber couch, then you should give this technique a try. Follow these 4 steps:
- Create a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and a drop of laundry detergent. You can add some water too if you’re worried about your couches fabric.
- Pour the cleaning mixture into an empty spray bottle and spray directly onto each stain.
- Leave the solution on the stains for 30 to 45 minutes.
- Once the stain and the urine smell are out of the couch, dab the stained areas with a clean damp cloth. This will remove any residue from the cleaning agent used on your couch.
Use any of these methods next time your dogs have an accident on your microfiber couch. They are all simple, inexpensive, and effective in cleaning dog and human urine stains and/or smells. Now that you know how to get rid of those stains taking up your couch, you no longer have to be frustrated with your pets. You may want to consider potty training your dog or buying a doggie couch for your furry friend to sit on. If you have a leather or synthetic material couch that needs cleaning, check out how to clean a couch for more tips.