How do I Remove Human Urine Stains From Furniture?

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How do I Remove Human Urine Stains From Furniture?
Urine stains can ruin the look and feel of your furniture. (living room image by AGITA LEIMANE from

Whether it's the result of illness, drunkenness or the long road toward being potty trained, urine on furniture can leave behind not only an unpleasant smell but an unsightly stain. Since your furniture can't simply be tossed into the washing machine to be cleaned, a little ingenuity is required. Though this stain may be a bit more unpleasant than the day-to-day food and dirt stains that tend to accumulate on furniture, it's not necessarily harder to remove. With the right materials, human urine stains on furniture are as good as gone.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Paper towels
  • Rubber gloves
  • Bleach-free liquid dish soap
  • Clean cloth or sponge
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum cleaner

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  1. 1

    Blot the area with paper towels to absorb as much of the urine out of the furniture as possible. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.

  2. 2

    Add 1 tbsp of bleach-free liquid dish soap into 2 cups of warm water. Stir the soap into the water to mix it up well.

  3. 3

    Dip a clean cloth or sponge into the solution and gently sponge the solution onto the stain.

  4. 4

    Blot the area with a clean dry cloth to absorb the excess moisture.

  5. 5

    Repeat the process until the stain is gone.

  6. 6

    Cover the area with baking soda, and allow it to sit on the area until it is dry before using the brush attachment of the vacuum cleaner to remove it. The baking soda will help to pull moisture out of the furniture and eliminate any odours.

Tips and warnings

  • If you choose to use a commercial stain remover to help eliminate the stain, read and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.

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