How to Remove Dog Urine from Hardwood Floors

When you have dogs in your home, you have to stay ready for any situation, be it good or bad. The most common issue we face while taking care of a pet is the urine. When you are training your puppy, getting a urine stain is normal. If you don’t clean the urine properly, then the stain and odor will gradually damage your floor or carpet. You have to know how to remove dog urine from hardwood floors properly to avoid unwanted damages. In this article, the urine stain and odor removing process are given in detail. Stay till the end.

How to Remove Dog Urine from Hardwood Floors

How to protect wood floors from dog urine

Why is it essential to remove urine stains and odor from the hardwood floors? The urine contains uric acid and ammonia that damage the hardwood’s protective layer entirely, and it is hard and expensive to fix the hardwood floor.

If the urine gets soaked on the hardwood floor, the area creates a dark spot and a bad smell. If the area is damp, then the wood gets to swell up, and gradually the wood gets rotten.

The steps to follow to eliminate odor and stain:

When you are ready to clean the hardwood floor, you have to follow the steps given below-

To clean the urine from the floor, at first, you have to dry up the floor with rags or cotton towel. You can also use paper instead of a towel. You have to soak up the urine before the floor soaks it up. Dry up the floor as soon as you can. After drying up, use water and wipe the floor until the urine is cleared up.

To deep clean the area, you have to use water and vinegar mixture. Mix 50% water and 50% vinegar and spray the solution in the area. Wait for 15 minutes and wipe. You have to use dry cotton made towel to wipe. You can use this solution several times as it is a natural deodorizer. 

If your floor has an old urine stain, then you have to work harder because it is not easy to get rid of them. The floor may get this stain from the old owner of your home, or while changing furniture, you may notice the stain. It is hard but not impossible to clean the stain. To remove the stain, you have to:

Cleaning with vinegar and baking soda mixture is fruitful. After wiping the floor with water and vinegar mixture, spray the baking soda on the area. Cover the area with mat or cloth and leave it overnight. In the day, use a vacuum to clean the soda from the floor. Depending on the stain, you may need to repeat the cleaning process.

You can use hydrogen peroxide to remove the old stain. Wet the area by pouring the hydrogen peroxide. You will see foam is creating in the area. Wait for five minutes and then use a cotton towel to wipe the chemical. You have to use it a few times to remove the stain completely.

Some use hair developer solutions as a stain cleaner. This solution works like a bleaching agent. Apply the solution in the area and wait for 15 minutes. Then wipe the area and dry the floor with ventilation. This solution works well to remove odor and stain from the floor. You can use a sander and apply the solution. After 20 minutes, scrub the area to wash the stain. If still the stain remains on the floor, use stronger bleach like chlorine. It will work for sure.

If any of the solutions mentioned above don’t work, then you have to use commercial products. Sometimes the wood soaks the urine and smells bad, and the natural remedy doesn’t work. It is the time when you have to use a commercial stain remover. Before using the solution, you have to clean the area then apply the solution. With a clean towel, blot and wipe the area. To remove the stink, you will get some products. Just spray and dry the area. Then wipe the area clean.

Some may use a steam mop to wipe the urine area. But the vapor and pressure don’t work well for the wood.

After cleaning the urine stain from the hardwood floor, you can reseal it to protect the top layer. Use sandpaper and spirits with colorant that helps to apply the good wood finish. If your floor needs more care, then you can take help from professionals to fix it.

How to prevent the urine stains on the hardwood floor

To avoid the pet’s urine stains on the hardwood floor, you have to train your dog to use a litter box. It will take time and test your patience, but it is worth it in the long run. Keep some rags until the pet learns to use the litter box. Clean the urine fast to stop the stain and odor from spreading. Follow some intervals in giving food and water to your dog. After feeding, take the pet to the litter box and wait. Usually, the pet takes 5-30 minutes to urinate.  The adult pets give signs like walking or whining when they need to do pee. When the pets follow your obey, praise them, and when they do not, scold them gently. You can use a plastic tube as a pet litter box. Whatever the box is made of, just train your pet well to save your floor getting stained and smelly.

Final thought

If you have a pet in the home, you have to face a urine stain on your floor. The maximum time it happens accidently, and you have to clean it. You have to stay alert that your pet is doing a pee in the litter box. When you find the urine on the floor, clean it fast, don’t let the floor soak the urine. If you do not clean the urine properly, your pet will come back and so pee in the same place again. So clean it properly with a proper cleaning solution. To help you, if you have a new pet in the house, this article about how to remove dog urine from hardwood floors is enough. If you are not able to clean the stains properly, take professional help.

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba is passionate about home improvement and design. As a child, she grew up helping her dad renovate their childhood home. Many of her skills came from this experience. Jessica loves DIY projects and sharing her passion for home design with others since she lives in Los Angeles.

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