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How to remove urine smell from leather seats in the car

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether you are transporting pets or children, the chances of a bladder-related accident are always present. Fortunately, if an accident does occur, you won't have to pay a high price to replace your upholstery. That's because cleaning urine from leather car seats is a relatively easy process.

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  1. Remove the leather seat if possible. Otherwise, clean out the car so that you have full access to the seat.

  2. Use a clean rag or towel to absorb all liquid at the site of the stain.

  3. Dilute a cup of mild detergent with a quarter of a cup of water. Mix slowly.

  4. Wet a rag or cloth towel with the mixture and wash the entire leather seat. Make sure you wash every part, including seams, as evenly as possible to prevent water stains.

  5. Spray a small amount of the enzymatic cleaner on the stain location. Allow it to sit as directed. Nature's Miracle is one such leather-safe product.

  6. Wipe down the leather seat with rag or cloth towel dampened in water. Once again, be sure to wipe the entire seat.

  7. Allow to air dry.

  8. Tip

    Be sure to check that the enzymatic stain remover is safe to use on leather surfaces.


    Be sure to evenly wipe the leather surface to avoid water stains. Cat urine can ruin leather upholstery permanently and require its replacement.

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Things You'll Need

  • Rags or cloth towel
  • Mild detergent
  • Water
  • Enzymatic stain remover

About the Author

For three years, Etch Tabor worked as the technology and online editor at "InsideCounsel" magazine, a national publication for in-house counsel. He currently is a full-time freelance writer, specializing in legal, technology and comedy writing. He graduated in 2004 from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in journalism.

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