Well the topic says it all really.
We just got a new kitten and unfortunately my hammock was in a camping gear bin of stuff that needed to be put away and the kitten must have decided that the bin was a good of place as any to relive itself. :(
Most of the stuff in the bin was washable but my WarBonnet and my ground foot pad need to be rid of the very bad urine smell.
Any ideas as what I should use and how to clean my hammock?:confused:
i've never had the occasion to test on this particular issue, but OdoBan is what i freshen my gear with every fall. they have a pet version that is getting great reviews.
i believe it's available at most of the big stores.
you may find it helpful in this situation and around the house too!
also check these care instructions.
I would handwash it in the bathtub, using a gentle soap. If it were me I would use Dr. Bronner's or something like it. HYOH though. I had a tent that my cat drug a dead rabbit into unbeknownst to me. My wife stuffed it away and when we pulled it out weeks later, well you can imagine. Took lots of washings and fabreze and when it gets wet, it still has a tinge of "rotten bunny." :eek:
Vinegar in the water. Use about 1 cup per gallon of water and soak it. How long/many times you have to soak it depends on a couple of things. How long has it been on the fabric and if the cat was a male. Male cat urine is concentrated and it will take more, longer soaking. Change soaking water/vinegar every day.
THIS method has worked the best for us. Many years of cats and all that goes with them.
Be aware that the cat will probably do this again given the oportunity. Be sure the pan is clean, I would have the Vet. check the cat to see if it has a bladder infection started. You can check your self, but you might get clawed. Reach under the tummy, firmly push up see if you feel a ribbon like length, if you do the cat probably has an infection it need help now.
If the pee is very strong smelling that is another hint of an infection. Peeing in inappropriate places, is also an indicator for infection or attitude. Marking is just little spritzes.
Will the Vinegar affect the SilNylon? my biggest fear trying this method, is that it might "burn" the water treatment of the silnylon.
Originally Posted by dkurfiss
That's the brand name of the product for cleaning pet-soiled rugs. Works well to get rid of odors. Test on a nylon fabric scrap or somesuch first, but I haven't seen it damage any fabric yet. If it's a male cat spray-marking, not sure it works, but worth a try.
The vinegar suggestion reminded me that skunk odor can be neutralized by a basic (as in pH basic) hydrogen peroxide solution. Add a Tb. of sodium bicarbonate to a cup of peroxide and throw in a tsp. of liquid detergent. Dilute with water (?), and dunk. Test first. Good luck.
I have not used it on my hammock but have used it on my REI tent. Never had it impact the waterproof of the fabric but I would try it first on a small spot and see how it work. Also I use NikWax on all my outdoor gear every year so .....
Originally Posted by genegene
The only time our cat has urinated on anything its had an infection, might want to get it xhexked out.
Originally Posted by IRONFISH45
WMT sells a pet odor eliminator that is microbe based - eats bacteria, an organic process. Used this over the years when I was a landlord. They also have a tech fabric wash that will kill odors. I use this on tech gear and works great for down. No damage to nylon as that's what it's designed for. Good news is that it works and it's cheap at under $5/bottle.