How To Get Urine Off Painted Walls

How To Get Urine Off Painted Walls

Did you notice some urine splatter on your painted walls recently? Well you must get rid of the ammonia smell and avoid yellow stains from urine.

The most notorious culprit is likely your cat who could be marking territory or on bathroom walls your toddler still learning to use the toilet properly. 

You can get rid of urine smell off your painted walls using baking soda and vinegar. Clean the area with water. Next, pat some baking soda on it and scrub with a gentle brush. Spray vinegar solution on the area and leave for 10 minutes. Finally wipe off the solution from the wall.

You have to be gentle and do not use any harsh chemicals that contain alcohol that will remove the paint.

In this article we will cover the step to step guide on how to get rid of urine smell and stains out of painted walls safely.

How To Get Urine Off Painted Walls

First gather the materials that you will be using to get rid of the urine.

  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towels or Microfiber Cloth
  • Vinegar 
  • Baking soda
  • Scrubbing brush
  • Spray bottle

Rinse The Area 

First you will put on your rubber gloves to protect your hands from the urine and the solutions you will be using to avoid irritation.

Then wipe off the fresh urine off the wall as much as possible using a microfiber cloth to avoid streaking and staining.You can pour some water too to rinse off the urine completely.

Apply Baking Soda

Put some baking soda on your hands and apply on the affected area. The baking soda will neutralize the ammonia in the urine. 

This will get rid of the urine smell.


Take the brush and gently scrub to allow the baking soda to work on urine that’s absorbed on the wall.

Use gentle strokes for a few seconds to be thorough. However, be careful not to be rough  to avoid getting rid of the paint. Rinse off the wall using damp paper towels once done to remove all the baking soda.

Apply Vinegar Solution

Make vinegar and water solution using one part water to one part vinegar. Put the solution in a spray bottle.

Spray the affected area with the solution but do not oversaturate the wall to prevent spreading the urine splatter.

Let it sit for a few minutes to allow it to penetrate the wall.The vinegar will remove the urine stain, sanitize the area and deodorize it too.

TIP: Avoid using any solution that contains alcohol because that will react with the painted walls and liquify the paint off.

On the other hand, vinegar is not corrosive and you can minimize any damage by using a damp cloth.

Dry The Wall

Finally blot out the vinegar solution from the wall using paper towels or an absorbent cloth. Repeat the process until the wall is completely dry.


If the urine stain or smell still persists after several tries with the vinegar and baking soda process. You can look for a commercial enzymatic solution specifically formulated for painted walls.

First test the enzymatic solution on a small area to test for colorfastness before working it on the whole affected wall. The enzymatic solutions remove the stains by breaking down the uric acids found in urine and evaporating it to gas.

If the stains or urine persist you may have to put a fresh paint coat or two on the affected area using odor blocking paint.

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Final Words

If you notice your cat or dog has peed on your painted walls. Do not panic, you can easily get rid of urine off painted walls using baking soda and vinegar.

Put on some gloves, wipe off as much urine off the wall using paper towels and use water to rinse it further.Next put some baking soda on the wall and scrub to allow the baking soda to penetrate the wall and deodorize the urine.

Wipe off the baking soda with paper towels or damp cloth Then spray the area with vinegar and water solution in the ratio 1:1 and let it sit for a few minutes.

Finally wipe off the area with paper towels until dry.Repeat the whole process as much as possible if you notice urine smell or stains until it is clear.

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