How to Clean Cat Tree

Keeping the cat tree clean is one of the tedious tasks you need to do if you own a cat. You cannot ignore this since the cat is always using the tree. If you don’t clean it your cat may get all the bacteria that might accumulate on it and it will be full of hair.

For those who want to know what is the best way to clean a cat tree, below are some safe ways that you can do to keep the cat tree clean like new.

The process is divided into several steps depending on the various types of contaminants that stay on the cat tree. Also, you can do the cleaning process over several days depending on how frequent your cat uses the tree.

Methods of Cleaning the Cat Tree

In cleaning the cat tree, you don’t just deal with the dirt and grime on it. Also, you need to get rid of the cat hair that accumulated on it. The stain is also a major concern when cleaning the cat tree. Below are steps on how to remove the cat hair and stain on the cat tree.

Steps on Removing Cat Hair

You may be surprised as to how much hair the cat left on the tree. Removing it is quite easy in less than an hour, you can complete the task. No need to take the cat tree apart.

What You Need:

  • Vacuum
  • Scrub brush
  • Comb

Step#1 Brush the Cat Tree

The first step in cleaning the cat tree is to scrub brush it. Begin with the carpeted area of the tree from the top and work your way to the lower parts. Focus on the areas where your cat usually stays or spend more time like the sides, the base, perches, and scratching posts.

Use the comb to remove the hair that fills up the scrub brush. To remove the hair, simply run it into the brush bristles. Throw the hair into the garbage and continue cleaning the brush until it is free from hair or removed the majority of it.

Step#2 Vacuum the Hard to Reach Areas

After you have done scrub brushing the cat tree, it is time to get your vacuum and go over the hard to reach areas and other parts that you have missed with your brush. Vacuum the whole area, and make sure that you focus on the corners, sides, tight spaces, and inside the houses where you cannot reach using a brush.

The vacuum is also best for removing any cat dirt or litter. Once you have completed cleaning it, you can place your cat back to play and lounge on.

Steps on Removing Stains

The cats are known as clean animals but sometimes your pet sprays pee or spits out on the tree. As a result, a cat tree with a stain that it requires some effort to remove. To remove the stain, you need a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide. It is an effective cleaning agent that can get rid of stains.

What You Need:

  • 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Dish Soap
  • Enzymatic Pet Cleaner
  • Paper Towels
  • Scrubbing Pads or Sponges
  • Spray Bottle

Steps#1 Soften the Stain with Enzymatic Pet Cleaner

Lightly spray the whole area with an enzymatic cleaner. This substance has special enzymes that can soften the stains and lift them from the material. Allow the enzymes on the cat tree for five minutes. Then wipe down the cat tree with paper towels.

The dirt you collected in the paper towels will give you an idea of how dirty the cat tree is, and the papers will help remove the first layer of stain. It will also take away the odor that lingers due to the stains.

Step#2 Scrub with Dish Soap and Water Solution

The next step is to add a few drops of dish soap in the water. Then dip your scrubbing pads in it and scrub the cat tree. The rough part of the sponge will loosen the ground-in dirt and hair, and the soft part will help collect the loose hair from your cat tree.

Step#3 Spray with Hydrogen Peroxide and Warm Water Mixture

In a spray bottle combine warm water and hydrogen in equal proportion. Spray the cat tree with the mixture. The purpose of spraying the mixture is to get rid of the germs or bacteria that might be lingering in your cat tree. Then, use paper towels to wipe down the tree and allow it to dry up completely. After making sure that it is dry, you can allow your cat to get on it.


The primary purpose of keeping the cat tree clean is to prevent the bacteria from growing and multiplying. With the above steps on cleaning your feline tree, you have a peace of mind that your cat is staying in a clean and safe place.

Last Updated on by Saundra

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