How to Clean Cat Urine From Leather Furniture

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How to Clean Cat Urine From Leather Furniture
Cat urine stains can ruin leather furniture if left untreated. (brown leather furniture image by Leonid Nyshko from

Leather furniture is ideal for pet owners. It is durable and does not attract pet hairs. However, accidents can happen whenever animals are present, and unsightly urine stains and unpleasant odours can result. When a cat urinates on leather furniture, the liquid can sink into the leather and sometimes ruin the material. Work quickly while the stain is still fresh to keep it from soaking deep into the furniture and to minimise the damage.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Paper towels
  • Old rags
  • Newspapers
  • Mild detergent
  • Old towels
  • 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide
  • Baking soda
  • Clear liquid soap
  • Specialised leather cleaner

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  1. 1

    Blot up as much urine as possible if the stain is still wet. Use paper towels, old rags or newspapers to soak up the urine.

  2. 2

    Remove any cushions the cat urinated on and take the stuffing out, if possible. Use old towels or rags to remove any urine that has soaked through to the stuffing. Hand-wash the stuffing gently using clean water and a mild detergent. Hand-dry using old towels. Discard and replace the stuffing if it is extremely stained or if it is made from cotton. Soaked cotton stuffing is not salvageable.

  3. 3

    Mix together 1 quart of 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 teaspoon clear liquid soap in a plastic spray bottle. Spray the entire surface of the leather furniture with the mixture and blot it with a paper towel. Repeat until the leather is saturated. This allows the furniture to dry evenly across rather than in just one spot, which lessens the chances of patchy stains.

Tips and warnings

  • Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda mixed together can be unstable if kept for any length of time. Discard any leftovers immediately.

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