April asked: How do I remove cat urine on slate tiles? I have slate tiles which the cat has urinated on. I washed it with a mild detergent, but the cat keeps on urinating in the same spot. The slate is dark and located in the laundry room. Is there a way to clean the tiles so the smell will disappear? Thanks
Once a cat marks his spot with urine, the problem is more than just removing the urine itself. In fact, much of the battle lies in being able to remove the odor, because unless you do so, the cat is likely to return to his marked territory time and time again. That said, the best results will come from an enzyme cleaner designed to remove all traces of cat urine, from the stain to the smell to the odors your cat will sense even when the area appears to be clean. It may sound like a complicated fix, but fortunately, the solution is a simple one.
You Will Need:
- Get Serious! Pet Stain, Odor and Pheromone Extractor
- Soft brush
- Thick, dry towel
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Apply Get Serious! to the affected area. Although the product indicates not to soak the area, it’s hard to take heed on a solid surface. For best results, moisten the floor without drenching it.
- IMMEDIATELY scrub the area with the brush to work it into the pores of the tile. This product is designed to work on contact, so if you wait, it will lessen its efficiency. Make sure the bubbling action that results covers the entire affected area.
- As soon as you’ve scrubbed, blot the area with a clean towel, turning the surface repeatedly to effectively lift the wetness.
- Remove as much of the moisture as possible. On a hard floor, you should be able to dry it completely.
- Repeat if necessary to remove all odors. If your cat urinates in the same location, it is likely that some of the odor was still present. Clean the area again.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Get Serious! is good for removing pet stains and odors from carpets as well as hard surfaces, but it’s always good to spot test first.
- Be sure to follow directions carefully for best results.
- There are a variety of other enzyme digester odor removers that can be found at pet stores or on the pet aisle of a supermarket, such as Nature’s Miracle Urine Destroyer. Follow the instructions on the label of your selected product.
- If your cat is urinating in other areas as well (outside of the litter box), it may be another problem such as a urinary tract disfunction, jealousy, a change in routine or lifestyle, etc. If any of these are a problem, consult your veterinarian for the appropriate course of action.