Cat urine on your expensive marble floor, fireplace hearth or countertop doesn’t exactly enhance the look of your home. While marble isn’t as absorbent as carpet and bedding, it is porous and absorb more than glass, metal, or even linoleum, meaning it stains more easily than those materials. Cat urine stains and odors are stubborn, but you can get them out with the right cleaner and cleaning method.
Make a Marble Poultice
While the stain is still fresh it’s not hard to remove. Because improper cleaning can damage marble, it’s important to clean the stone with products appropriate for use on marble. To remove a cat urine stain, you’ll need to mix up what’s known as marble poultice, which is made from “powdered whiting” (available at home improvement stores) and 20 or 30% hydrogen peroxide (available at beauty salons, where it’s used for hair bleaching). Some marble poultice recipes involve ammonia, but you should avoid using ammonia if you have cats. Ammonia smells enough like cat urine to attract the cat back to re-offend on the area you just cleaned. Hydrogen peroxide doesn’t smell and, unlike ammonia, it helps break down the tough cat urine crystals that hold odor.
Follow the Right Cleaning Process
Blot up any remaining urine with a white cloth, such as an old towel or cloth diaper. Don’t rub or you’ll press the urine deeper into the marble. Dampened the stained area with pure water. Pre-dampening helps the poultice work. Apply a 1/4-inch thick marble poultice to the soiled area only. Cover the area with plastic, such as food wrapping, and tape the edges down, leaving one edge open. Let the poultice dry completely. This may take 48, but if the poultice doesn’t dry, it may not remove the stain. Once it’s dry, wipe it off with a sponge dampened in pure water. If one application doesn’t remove the urine stain, you can apply a poultice a second time. Avoid repeating the treatment again, though, because it can eventually etch the marble. If two applications don’t remove the stain, consult a marble care professional.
Prevent Future Stains
Applying marble sealant is the first step in protecting the marble in your home. Chose a sealant at your home improvement stores and apply as directed. More importantly, though, you’ll need to get your cat to stop urinating where she shouldn’t. Cats certainly can be manipulative, but urination isn’t something they use to get their way or get back at you for something. If your cat’s urinating outside the litter box, there is real reason. A number of issues can cause litter box problems, including health conditions, stress, and inappropriate litter box type. While serious health problems are always challenging, the other issues all have simple, practical solutions.
You can solve your cat’s inappropriate urination problems and get your home completely free of cat urine odors, but the solutions may not always be obvious. Instead of wasting time learning by trial and error, read the book Cat Urine Problems Eliminated to discover proven-effective ways to retrain your cat and regain your home.