Dear Home-Ec 101:
Help, our dog peed on the couch!
We did check our warranty info and contacted the manufacturer, who suggested that we spot clean the urine-stained area with diluted dish soap. The soap got out the visible pee stain, but we can still smell urine.
I’ve also unsuccessfully tried some pet cleaner and multiple soakings with Febreze, but it just won’t go away!
Any suggestions? Needless to say, the next time we purchase furniture, we will pay extra to have it Scotchgarded!
I don’t know if you need to know, but the sofa is microfiber.
You May Want to Sit Over There. No, Really, I Insist
Urine odor on the couch? That’s no fun, I’m sorry. It doesn’t matter how the pee got on the couch. It could have been a pet or a human. All that matters is that we get the pee out, pronto.
First, check the care tag on your couch and make sure that it has a W or W/S on the tag.
Second, always remember to test any cleaning solution you choose to use on an inconspicuous portion of the upholstery (the underside of a cushion or the back of the couch, if it faces a wall, are both excellent options).
I guess you did not immediately discover your darling dog had peed on the couch. I’m not picking on you. Why should you expect your pet to use the couch when the floor is ever so much more convenient?
How to remove dried urine from a couch
If you didn’t notice the urine right away, the pee probably soaked further into the couch than just blotting and spot removal would fix.
Your goals are to:
- Make sure the cleaning solution penetrates as far as the urine.
- Give the cleaner time to work.
- Fully extract all of the liquid.
- Ensure that the fabric AND padding are fully dry.
When the couch is dry, the microfiber may feel a little stiff. Use a brush, like a soft nail brush, to gently brush the material until the fibers feel as they should.
What if the urine smell remains after cleaning the couch?
Another possibility is that the urine dribbled down through a seam and soaked into the wood frame.
I hope this is not the case, as it would be challenging to remove without some disassembly, sanding and reassembly. If you believe this to be the case, contact a professional through the helpline you first used to avoid voiding your warranty.
Did you find all the urine?
How to find urine after it has dried on a couch or sofa.
It is possible that your pet used the furniture more than once.
Did you know that urine glows under a blacklight? If you’re still having trouble with a urine smell, borrow a blacklight from a friend who never left the ’60s.
Oh, come on, if you aren’t friends with someone like that, you’re probably related to someone who is. When the room is as dark as possible—by that, I mean at night with all the lights off—turn on the blacklight and make sure no other areas of the couch or the carpeting show up under the blacklight.
Prevent future urine odors.
I’m assuming this happened while you weren’t there when the incident occurred. Reusable pads can protect your couch cushions from future accidents. Place these pads on the couch before you leave, and when your dog expresses (heh) their displeasure at your departure, at least you only have a waterproof pad to wash.
As a bonus, these waterproof pads are versatile and worth having around if you have toddlers who aren’t yet potty trained or are a person with a uterus that loves the element of surprise. They are, of course, handy if anyone in the house has to manage any sort of incontinence issues.