Leather 101

Leather Cleaning 101: The Ultimate Guide to Sparkling Furniture

We at Couch.com have mastered the art of leather cleaning. Dive into the ultimate guide for a spotless and odor-free couch, including tackling cat pee stains.

Can You Get Cat Pee Out of Leather Furniture?

Leather furniture is the epitome of sophistication and comfort. But sometimes, accidents happen, and when they are from your furry buddy, it can tarnish that elegance. If you're facing the nightmare of cat pee on your beloved leather piece, we've got your back with the ultimate guide on how to banish cat pee stains from your leather furniture and leave it sparkling like new.

Absolutely, you can save your white leather couch, brown leather couches, or any other leather furniture from the clutches of cat pee. Follow these steps to get rid of the stain and odor:

  • Act fast: The quicker you tackle the stain, the better your chances of success. Blot up as much urine as possible using paper towels or an absorbent cloth.
  • White vinegar solution: Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Lightly spritz the stained area with this solution to help neutralize the odor and break down the urine. Be sure to do a spot test on an inconspicuous area first.
  • Blot and repeat: Gently blot the sprayed area with a clean cloth. Repeat the spritzing and blotting process until the odor fades and the stain lightens.
  • Baking soda paste: Create a paste by mixing baking soda with water. Apply this paste to the stained area and leave it on for a few hours. Baking soda helps absorb any remaining odor.
  • Vacuum: Once the baking soda is dry, gently vacuum it off using a soft brush attachment.
  • Leather cleaner: For extra assurance, use a leather cleaner specifically designed to remove stains. Brands like Leather Honey and Lexol offer effective leather cleaning products.
  • Condition: After cleaning, condition your leather using a high-quality leather conditioner. This restores moisture and keeps the leather supple.

Additional Tips-

  • Spot testing: Always perform a spot test before using any cleaning solution on your leather furniture to ensure it doesn't cause discoloration or damage.
  • Professional help: If the stain persists or you're unsure about DIY methods, consider seeking professional leather cleaning services.

Preserving the Elegance of Your Leather Furniture

a contemplative cat on a rich leather couch

Cleaning cat pee stains from leather furniture can be a daunting task, but with the right approach and products, your furniture can look as good as new. Remember that the key to maintaining the beauty of your leather pieces lies in regular care and maintenance. Investing in high-quality leather products, like a nice Pottery Barn Leather Chesterfield or high quality Natuzzi, and following proper cleaning routines will ensure your furniture stays sparkling and elegant for years to come.

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Alex Back is the founder and CEO of Couch.com. Previously, he was the co-founder and COO of the popular furniture brand, Apt2B, which was acquired by a large US retail furniture chain in 2018. He worked to integrate Apt2B, one of the very first online furniture retailers on the Shopify platform, into the operations of the 100 year old larger business entity and was deeply immersed in the business operations of both online and brick and mortar retail for 4 years before leaving in 2023 to start Couch.com. Working in various parts of the furniture industry since 2004, he has 20 years experience in retail sales, e-commerce, marketing, operations, logistics and wholesale manufacturing and distribution. He has worked extensively with partners such as Costco, Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon and his work has been highlighted in many publications such as Forbes, CNN and HGTV, among others. Alex is delighted to bring his experience and authority on couches and the furniture industry to this platform, along with many of his industry colleagues who are helping him keep the Couch.com audience informed and engaged on a daily basis.
Alex Back
Couch.com CEO & Founder