If you work from home and have a cat, you may have encountered feline urine on your office chair. Our beloved furry friends occasionally have urine-related accidents and the end result is a smelly mess that does not increase your workflow.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Cats can occasionally urinate on furniture, including office chairs.
  • A good homemade cleaning solution is to mix 1 ½ cups of water with ½ cup of vinegar.
  • Use a paper towel or microfiber cloth to gently blot the affected area and sprinkle baking soda after the cleaning process.

How to Clean Cat Urine From Your Office Chair

Working from home with a feline coworker can be a joy, but cats can occasionally urinate on our best office chairs. If that happens, your home office could be nearly unusable.

Insider Tip

The rubber glove method can do wonders for office chairs that feature upholstery and traditional fabric types.

Learn About Different Solutions to Cat Urine

Wiping off pee is much more intense than getting cat hair off your office chair. Luckily, we have assembled a list of tips and guidelines to help you quickly and efficiently remove cat urine from an office chair.

Identify the Urine Stain

The first thing you need to do is find the urine stain. This should not be too difficult, as cat urine tends to leave a visible mark. On top of that, feline urine dries quickly and creates a foul odor that permeates throughout the home. So it is important to protect your office chair arm from cat pee and other forms of dirt since you will be placing your arms here while working. This odor may be disgusting, but it should help you locate and identify the urine stain.

Insider Tip

Another option for those with upholstered or fabric-based office chairs is to use a homemade cleaning mixture made from water and fabric softener.

Mix a Cleaning Solution

Once the urine stain has been identified, you will want to mix a cleaning solution. It’s important not to let a stain sit for too long, especially stains like urine or blood stains on your office chair. A homemade solution tends to work just as good, if not better than anything store-bought. The best DIY solution for cat urine tends to be a mix of water and vinegar. We recommend 1 ½ cups of water and ½ cup of vinegar. Avoid using ammonia in any cleaning solution, as this could invite the cat to frequently urinate in the affected area.

Remove the Stain and Deodorize

Apply some of the homemade cleaning solution to a paper towel or microfiber cloth. Then, gently blot or pat the urine stain until it has visibly been removed. Do not vigorously rub the stain, as this can damage the fabric or material. Be sure to follow all best practices for cleaning an office chair to avoid further damage. Once cleaned, sprinkle a fair amount of baking soda on top of the treatment area in order to deodorize.

Clean the Litter Box

If your cat is excessively urinating on office chairs and throughout your home, that means the feline is avoiding its litter box. You should thoroughly clean and deodorize the litter box itself, to help make it a more desirable location for your cat. If the litter box is clean and your cat still will not urinate inside of it, then it could be time to bring the pet in for a veterinary visit.

Warning

We recommend allowing the chair to fully dry before sitting on it.

F.A.Q.

How can I get the cat pee smell out of my chair?

Water, vinegar, and baking soda should go a long way to eliminating any foul odor. If that doesn’t work, try mixing 3/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide with one teaspoon of dish detergent.


What is urine made of?

Urine is a waste product created by cats and humans alike. Urine is 95 percent water, while the remaining five percent varies from animal to animal.


Standard upholstery: What cleaning method do I use?

Look for the cleaning tag on your upholstered item of furniture. “W” on the tag indicates that it should be cleaned using water-based products, while an “S” means to use a solvent-based product. You might also choose to take time to remove the cat hair from the wheels of your office chair while you’re cleaning.



STAT: For the most difficult stains use a 6% mixture of bleach with water. There are approximately 96.5 million cats in America.

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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