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How to Remove Urine Smell From Leather Seats in the Car

by Etch Tabor

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.

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 6

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

Allow to air dry.


  • 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.

Items you will need

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

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