Cats often consume very little water, which leads to their urine being concentrated and extremely pungent. If your cat relieves himself on your carpet, the smell could be unbearable. The problem worsens as the urine is broken down by bacteria to form ammonia which can have your carpet and living room giving out repulsive and embarrassing smells. Luckily, you can easily clean up the mess and leave your carpet smelling fresh again. Read on for simple steps to clear up cat urine stains and odors from your carpets. 

Locate soiled areas

In some cases, your cat may have soiled your carpets in areas you haven't located. As long as the old stains aren't removed, your cat will usually sniff them and return to the same spot to reoffend.  The easiest way to find stains that have dried invisibly is to use black light, which you can buy at your local home-supply store.

Dim the lights in your living room and illuminate the carpet with black light to catch old stains that could be contributing to the horrible odor in your home. The soiled areas will show up neon green, which you can outline with chalk for thorough cleaning later on. 

If you come across a freshly soiled area, use absorbent paper towels to soak up as much of the urine as possible to reduce the chances of staining and make the area easier treat later on. If possible, place a thick layer of paper towels above the stain and under the carpet surface and stand on the soiled area to allow for maximum absorption. 

Use an extracting/wet vac machine

After locating all stained areas and soaking up fresh urine on the carpet, you can now begin cleaning the fabric using an extracting carpet cleaner. Begin by sprinkling baking soda and enzymatic pet odor neutralizer to the soiled area to break up the stain and absorb the pungent smell.

Next, deep clean the area with a wet vac cleaner which works by forcing clean water into the carpet fibers and then sucking up the dirty water from your carpet so as to wash off the stain and odor. Repeat the cleaning and rinsing process until the stain is no longer visible and then sprinkle carpet deodorizer once the area has dried to get the carpet smelling fresh. Remember not to steam clean your carpet, as the heat can actually cause the urine smell to set into the carpet fibers more stubbornly. Contact a professional, like Chem Dry Springfield, for more help.