Human urine is just like every other urine. Once it’s exposed to bacteria, the urea present in the urine gets converted to ammonia. The ammonia is responsible for the pungent and offensive odor that hits your nose. In a situation where this urine happens to dry on your couch, you’d notice a stained ring (if the couch’s material isn’t dark). You’d also be able to pick up the pungent smell. In this article, we will discuss ways by which you can get human urine smell out of your couch, even after it has dried.
How to get human urine smell out of couch after it has dried
- Work with vinegar
Vinegar is a very strong cleaning agent and it can easily help to get rid of the smell and stain left by urine. The two types of vinegar; white vinegar and apple cider vinegar can both be used for this cleaning.
However, due to the pungent smell of vinegar, you should also work with baking soda. It will help to neutralize both the smell of the urine and the smell of the vinegar.
Two tablespoons of vinegar mixed with one gallon of water will fetch you the right concentration of mixture required for the cleaning of the stained couch. After you are done, blot the spot with baking soda.
One tablespoon of baking soda and water will give you the right mixture for the eradication of the odor.
After using both the vinegar and the baking soda, work some dish washing liquid into the stain. That will help to get rid of dirt and any other sign of the urine patch.
Also, it is best you used a brush with hard thistles for scrubbing the patch of urine. Next, use clean water to get rid of the soapy feel in the patch. Lastly, set the wet spot in an area with plenty sunlight.
- Work with hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is one of the strongest oxidizing agents known. The meaning of that is that it can lead to the bleaching or discoloration of the couch’s material.
So, before you use it on that stained area of the couch, ensure that you run a test on a small patch of the material. If you notice any fading, discontinue with the use of hydrogen peroxide.
Hydrogen peroxide may not produce the desired cleansing effect if used by itself. It is best used in conjunction with baking soda.
The reason for that is because hydrogen peroxide gets rid of the stain while baking soda gets rid of the pungent odor of urine.
A tablespoon of each of the agents mixed in water (in different bottles) is what you need for the cleansing.
Start with the hydrogen peroxide and then, continue with baking soda.
In between each of the applications, ensure that you allow the products some time to work, i.e., leave the cleaning solutions on the stained spots for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Finally, to clear off every sign of the urine, work some dish washing liquid to the urine patch. Blot with clean water to get rid of the soapy feel. Finally, set the couch in a spot with plenty of sunlight.
- Enzyme-based cleaner
This cleaning agent is the best when it comes to the cleaning of couches. The reason is that it neither has any pungent odor or the ability to bleach the material on which it is applied.
Also, enzyme-based cleaners usually dry out very quickly. So, after application of the agent, you don’t have to worry about the couch smelling moldy. You can get enzyme-based cleaners from stores close to you.
To work with an enzyme cleaner, start by blotting the stained area with washing liquid. After that, dip a towel into clean water, squeeze, and then, get rid of the soap.
You can then go on to add the enzyme-based cleaning agent. Leave the enzyme cleaning agent on the stained spot for about 20 minutes.
During that time the uric acid responsible for the stain disintegrates to nothing.
Finally, use dry towels or rags to blot the damp spot. As you blot, ensure that you apply adequate pressure to the spot. Continue to apply the pressure until the towel can no longer pick up any moisture.
You also should try turning the towel around as you press it to the surface of the dampened spot. That way, you can know when to stop. For the last phase, set the couch in an area with plenty of sunlight.
Tips you should bear in mind when cleaning your couches
1. Before you work with any kind of cleaning agent, ensure that it is safe for kids and pets if you have them around.
You wouldn’t want to use something like bleach that is toxic to the health of your dogs and kids.
2. You also should ensure that you do not use cleaning agents that have the ammonia base. The reason for this is that ammonia smells like urine.
So, at the end of the day, you may end up being able to eradicate the urine
3. To prevent your couch from having discolored spots, ensure that you test out whatever cleaning agent you are using on an inconspicuous area of the couch before proceeding to work it across the obvious part.
4. If your couch is made of expensive and quality material, you can reach out to professionals at the cleaning service for help.
That way, the material isn’t affected by whatever choice of cleaning fluid you work with.
5. Salt can be very useful when you need to blot moisture out of your couch.
All you need to do is sprinkle some across the surface and then, wait for an hour or two before you proceed to use whatever cleaning agent of your choice.
6. For simple stains, you can work with a towel for blotting. However, when the stains are older and more stubborn, use brushes to scrub the stains off the surface of the couch’s material.
7. If you have pets or kids that can pee on couches, ensure that you go for ones with leather materials. Leather cannot absorb urine, so, the liquid ends up dripping to the floor. So, you wouldn’t have to spend so much time and energy cleaning up.