How to Clean Pet Urine from Wood Floors

Having pets (cats, dogs, rabbits etc) at home can be fun and healthy, and research has shown that they are great for your heart, immunity and blood vessels. However, one of the major problems associated with pets is cleanliness and urination inside the house. Pet urine does not only leave a stubborn stain on your wooden floor, but makes it smell very bad as well. If this is your first experience, then you need to be more careful since some over-the-counter cleaners can damage or discolour your wooden flooring.

Here we’re going to tell you how to clean pet urine from wood flooring and will also share products which you should have handy for this.



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    Things Required:

    Hydrogen peroxide
    - Paper towels
    - Baking soda
    - Cat litter
    - Spray bottle
    - White Vinegar

    Clearing Fresh Stains

    Fresh urine stains can be treated with a water and vinegar solution. Simply wash the urine with water and wipe it off with a washing cloth or paper towel. Mix white vinegar and water in equal proportions and apply the solution to the affected area as well as a few inches around it. Finally wipe with a rag or paper towel and let it air dry.

    We recommend: Heinz White Vinegar

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    Cleaning Older, Stubborn Stains

    If the stains are old and stubborn, some additional work will be required. Firstly, cover the affected area with paper towels.

    We recommend: Viva Paper Towels (Tough when Wet)

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    Spray Hydrogen Peroxide

    Now take a spray bottle, fill it with hydrogen peroxide solution and spray it generously over the paper towels so they are completely soaked. Now let the soaked paper towels stay in place for several hours.

    If the paper towels start drying up quickly, spray them again and keep them wet for at least 4 hours.

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    Sprinkle Absorbent Powder

    After a few hours, remove the paper towels and dry your flooring with absorbent powder material. Using cat litter or baking soda works best in such an instance, and will not only dry up your wood flooring but also absorb the prevalent odor.

    We recommend: ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda

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    Clean up

    After your floor has dried up, you can simply clean up the cat litter or baking soda and let the flooring air dry. While you may see some mild stains at the time, they should fade as the flooring dries.

    If any stubborn stains still remain, you can repeat the process again to remove them completely.

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    Always ensure your safety when dealing with chemicals used for cleaning. Make sure you are wearing gloves and appropriate eye protection to prevent any harm from splashes.

    We recommend: Playtex Living Gloves

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