How to clean urine from a leather sofa

Updated April 17, 2017

Urine can leave behind nasty permanent yellow stains and a strong odour if it is not treated immediately. But before you call in the cleaning professionals or go sofa shopping, try this quick home remedy. This method is inexpensive because it requires minimal supplies, all of which are commonly found in most households. Try this remedy and your sofa will look as good as new in no time.

Blot the urine from the sofa using a clean damp rag.

Combine 474 ml (2 cups) of warm water with 100 g (1/2 cup) of mild washing powder in a medium size mixing bowl.

Swish the soapy mixture with your hand to create foamy suds.

Using a clean sponge to apply only the soapy foam to the urine stain.

Rub the foam into the stain with a clean soft toothbrush while using gentle circular motions.

Blot the foam residue away with a clean dry rag.

Follow up with a leather conditioner, if needed. Use the directions included on the box.


If washing powder is unavailable, substitute mild dish detergent.


Do not attempt this cleaning method using washing powder that contains bleach. The bleach could discolour the leather fabric.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean damp rag
  • 474 ml (2 cups) warm water
  • 100 g (1/2 cup) mild washing powder
  • Medium size mixing bowl
  • Clean sponge
  • Clean soft toothbrush
  • Clean soft rag
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Tammi Clements is a Los Angeles, California based fashion, and entertainment writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast communications from the University Of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her articles have appeared in Jane Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly. She is currently writing her first novel, and travels the globe in her free time.