In our household of cats, cat tree’s are immensely popular. Such heavy use of cat trees also means they get dirty fast. Here’s a complete guide on how to clean a cat tree.
We got ourselves five cats and we have often several other cats staying with us under fostercare. All our cats love to spend time in the new cat tree we got. It is a very sturdy one with many places to hang out and relax in.
Cat trees are an excellent way to offer your cat(s) a place to rest. It is a dedicated structure with high-level platforms that most cats seem to love. This means that your cats can hang out, relax, play and scratch on their own piece of furniture and leave your furniture alone.
Different Types Of Dirt
Unfortunately with such heavy usage, it also means it needs more cleaning. The first and most usual type of dirt you will see in a cat tree are the many different cat hairs. Some cats shred more than others, but they do rub their whole body in these carpeted or fluffy pillows more often than not, so they do get a decent amount of hairs on them.
The second type of dirt is the rests of the scratching poles. These special sisal roped pillars get a lot of beating of cat’s nails. It leaves bits of rope all over the place, because of the cat’s scratching.
The third type of dirt is more related to accidents. Cats sometimes puke because of hairballs or because of a bad stomach or an allergy to food or even because they ate something they shouldn’t have (for example a mouse) and caused their tummy to get upset.
And some people have cats that urinate when they get stressed. An ill cat or a cat that comes back from a veterinarian visit can also have a sudden accident when having little bladder control after anesthetics.
Cats take a lot of dirt from other sources with in their fur and paws. As such you will find dust, litter box particles, sand and food rests in the cat tree.
How To Clean A Cat Tree
How you should clean your cat tree really depends on what type of cat tree you have got. If you got those standard ones with hard pressed wood and carpeting on top of it, or the type with proper quality hard wood and attachable pillows.
Our cat tree is of the latter, so we can remove pillows accordingly and put them in the washing machine for a quick cleaning up. We use Biotex detergent with enzymes that take care of any urine crystals and freshens up the pillows. Pillows get dried in the blowdryer and so most of the hairs will also be removed.
Most cat trees out there have not got this option however, so you will end up scrubbing manually quite much. There are however some handy tools available that can help you in cleaning the cat tree properly.
Vacuum cleaners usually have a special carpet brush. The carpet brush comes with pieces of lint textile that helps in picking up cat hair from carpets.
The vacuum cleaner gets rid of most hairs and all the other dirt, such as litter box particles, food particles and sisal rope particles.
Special Hair Removal Brush
There are special lint-rollers available that are extremely effective at removing hairs from carpets and other textiles. The cheaper version are the well-known sticky rollers.
Pet Safe Urine Removal Agent
To remove uric acid, the stuff within cat’s urine that doesn’t go away by normal water and soap, you will need a special detergent that is also pet safe. One of the best methods to clean cat urine is by using Urine Off. You can clean your cat tree also with this detergent.
Depending on the size of the area where cleaning is needed use either spray or jerry-can to apply a good amount of the detergent on the affected area. It will have to seep in, if the carpet and below carpet area need to be affected by it. Urine will also go through the carpet to the underfloor after all.
After a while of letting the enzymes doing the job, you should try to remove as much as possible of the detergent by using a cloth. The rest of the Urine Off should air-dry to have the best effect. If the area is rather big or the smell still exists after treating, you will need to apply the product multiple times to the same area.
We wrote a complete review and how to guide on Urine Off here.
Pet Safe Universal Cleaning Agent
These cleaning agents are of use for any type of flooring or surface. The important part of this is that it is pet safe. There are no harmful chemicals in it that can harm your cat or dog when they walk on the wet floors and lick their wet feet.
Microfiber cloths are generally best to use while cleaning a cat tree. They will get rid of dirt and can be used to spread cleaning agents easily. They can be used both dry and damp. They are also a big help in removing cat hairs from objects. Simply the best invention on the cloths department.
You will most likely have to combine all the different tools and methods, to get the cat tree super clean. Epect to clean your cat tree at least once a week, especially during heavy use of your cat(s).
Expect to work hard to scrub your cat tree clean, but the good thing is that it isn’t your own furniture you need to be worried about.
What is your experience with the cleaning of your cat tree? Do you have to scrub for hours or have you found the right tools and methods to clean it quick and easy? Feel free to leave your comment below.