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To Throw Out or Not to Throw Out: Saving Your Furniture from Pet Pee

To Throw Out or Not to Throw Out: Saving Your Furniture from Pet Pee

Our pets are a part of our family. As the saying from Lilo & Stitch goes, family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten. But what happens to our favorite pillows, blankets, and furniture that fell victim to indoor accidents from our cats and dogs? Do they get left behind or thrown into the trash?

No. There is no need for anything that drastic. Let us help you make sure your pillows and furniture are good as new and smelling fresh as a daisy every day!

Cleaning Small Washable Items

dog sofa pillow blanket pee

Smaller items, such as throw pillows, blankets, and any washable item that fits your washing machine, are easily cleaned. To remove your pet’s pee stains, simply gather the soiled garments and items and place them in your washing machine. In addition to adding detergent and fabric conditioner, add a pound (half a kilogram) of baking soda. After washing, make sure to hang the items to dry for the best results.

If you can still see or smell the urine, try another round of washing. This time, add an enzymatic cleaner with the baking soda, detergent, and conditioner. Enzymatic cleaners are widely available online or at your local pet supply store. These cleaners break down the molecules of the pet pee and poop for easier cleaning and odor removal. Enzymatic cleaners are safe to use as long as you follow the instructions.

If the first washing cycle removed the stains but not the odor, then simply use your preferred pet urine remover or odor eliminating spray on the items. Many pet urine removers are non-toxic and ready-to-use, so there is no need to wash your things again.

Cleaning Pet Pee Stains from Carpets

pee stain on carpet

Removing urine smell and stains from carpets is slightly more challenging. Our tip to make your life much easier is to locate the soiled area right away and start cleaning immediately. Once the urine stain and smell have set, you may want to rent a wet vacuum, preferably one that does not need any chemical cleaning solution.

For fresh cat and dog pee accidents, make sure to soak the urine using paper towels and newspapers. Blot the area with some cold water and paper towels first. This can help dilute the urine staining your carpet. Afterward, layer the paper towels and newspaper on top of the wet spot and stand on it for a minute or so to ensure optimal absorption. Keep on doing this until you feel that the wet area becomes just damp. Once the spot is barely damp, spray some heavy-duty odor eliminator or pet urine remover on your carpet. You can also sprinkle and work in some baking soda onto the carpet after using the spray.

Another pro tip:
Avoid using any cloth towels to lessen the things you need to wash and freshen up. At least with paper towels and newspapers, you only need to throw them into the trash to get rid of the smell.

If you use baking soda, let it sit overnight to maximize its odor absorption, and then vacuum it clean. If you’re using an odor and urine remover there is no need for baking soda. Additionally, pad the underside of the carpet with thick newspaper and paper towels. Doing so prevents the urine from soaking into the floorboards and causing a stink. Soaked carpets and floorboards can also invite mold and mildew growth.

dog on chair

Pet Care and Possible Re-training

Once you’ve taken care of the urgent pee stain and smell issues, you can start focusing on your cat or dog. If your fur babies are older and previously potty trained, taking them to your veterinarian may help rule out illnesses. If your pets aren’t sick, then a little bit of re-training may be all they need. Make sure to reinforce good potty and peeing habits with some treats!


You don’t have to panic when dealing with pet pee stains and odor. With the right tools and supplies, you can easily remedy any soiled pillows, carpets, and other furniture. For the worst pee stains and smells, our OdorPet PX550 Instant Pet Urine Odor Remover will be your best bet.

OdorPet PX550 instantly and effectively removes urine odors from anything, including shoes, gym bags, and laundry hampers. Best of all, our PX550 is non-toxic, contains no unwanted fragrances, and 100% bio-renewable!

We also offer the PX550 bundled with our Stain and Odor Remover and Skunk Away Skunk Odor Remover. Visit our online store to buy yours today!

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