We all love our pups, but the cute look doesn’t always cover the piddle stain on your hardwood floors. Pee stains can quickly get out of hand if it’s not taken care of right away. It’s not just the stain you have to worry about either. The smell can seep into your wood and be hard to remove.
If you are dealing with some leftover scents, this is the article for you. We have outlined some easy and effective ways to clean up the mess and remove the smell. Whether you have a new problem, or you are dealing with someone else’s old mess, we have outlined the answer.
Keep scrolling below for the easy cleanup tips, plus some extra pointers on keeping your four-legged friend from claiming your hardwood floors as their potty-property.
What to Do Right Away
When the worst (and grossest) happens, it’s important to act quickly especially if you have hardwood floors. Wood is very porous, and liquid can seep into it in a matter of minutes. Not only that, but it can cause discoloration.
How to Remove New Odors
The above cleaning tip is great for a mistake that happens infrequently. Chances are, however, when an odor has taken hold, a reoccurring issue is at hand. In this case, you have to be more proactive to ensure the smell is gone for good.
Before you start, you want to spot clean an unobtrusive area of your floor. If any discoloration appears, you may want to try another procedure below.
First, soak up any moisture with paper towels or an old cloth. Combined water, vinegar, baking soda, and dish detergent in a spray bottle. Shake well to ensure all the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.
Spray area that was affected. Liberally spray any discoloration. Let the mixture sit for about ten minutes then rub in lightly with a clean cloth. Make sure you don’t use a brush or any item with bristles that could cause damage to your floor. A microfiber cloth works well, but any type of towel will do. Once you have rubbed the solution into the floor, let it sit for 15 minutes.
After waiting 15 minutes, wet a new cloth with clean water. Ring it out until it’s damp, and rinse the floor. Continue to rinse the floor until the cloth comes up clean. If the odor persists, you may need to do these steps again to fully get rid of the smell.
Removing Lingering Odors
Unfortunately, it could take a few pet piddles before you notice a smell. Although it was likely there from the first puddle, you may not have been able to smell it. If this is the case, you can try the steps below.
Spot clean before starting. In the spray bottle, combine one part water and one part vinegar. Add a few drops of grapefruit oil to the bottle, as well, to help with the smell. Before spraying, wipe up as much liquid as possible then liberally spray the floor.
Let the spray sit for about 15 minutes before thoroughly wiping up the solution with a clean, damp cloth. Again, you may have to make several passes before the cloth comes back clean.
Once the area is fairly dry, sprinkle baking soda on the floor in the affected area. The baking soda will absorb any leftover moisture that could be hiding in the wood. Let the baking soda sit overnight or for at least eight hours.
Sweep or vacuum up the leftover baking soda. We recommend vacuuming if possible to make sure that all the soda is removed.
Fighting Old Odors
Older stains and odors can be harder to get rid of but not impossible. If you have inherited a floor that has acted as a pooch’s potty, there are some steps you can take that will have your wood floors smelling as they should.
Spot test solution. Start by adding one part water and one part vinegar to a spray bottle along with a tablespoon of baking soda and a few drops of grapefruit oil. Mix thoroughly and liberally spray the solution over the entire area where the odor is coming from. Allow to sit for 20 to 30 minutes.
Use a clean cloth to rub the cleaning mixture into the wood. Wipe up the solution with a clean cloth that has been run under warm water. At a minimum, you will have to make at least two passes to ensure all the solution is wiped up. Let the area dry.
Lay the large towel over the portion of the wood that has the most odor coming from it. Douce the towel with hydrogen peroxide until it’s soaked. Use books, rocks, or other heavy objects to press the towel down onto the wood. The hydrogen peroxide will seep into the floor killing any odor-inducing bacteria.
Leave the towel overnight to ensure the liquid is doing its job. Remove the towel in the morning and wipe the floor down with clean water.
- Note: The hydrogen peroxide is more likely to dull or discolor your floors which can be hard to fix depending on your finish. Ensure that you have a plan in place in case of any marks as you may not see any difference during a spot test.
Use a Cleaner
The above at-home remedies are great for ridding odors in a natural way that will be safe for you and your pets. That doesn’t mean that store-bought cleaners are all bad, however. There are many options available that not only remove odors, but it can also get rid of stains and help keep your pup from reusing the spot.
One thing we suggest is using an enzyme-based formula to combat odors. They break down proteins in the urine that creates a foul smell. Most bacteria-based solutions are great for all organic stains and odors and often leave behind a light citrus scent. Just make sure they are also safe for hardwood floors before using them.
Preventing Odors from Dog Pee
One of the best ways to keep dog pee smells at bay is to prevent them from happening in the first place.
Having a pup in the family doesn’t mean you can’t have nice floors. There is no need to deal with smells or odors either. Taking advantage of the tips above will help you rid your home of any unpleasant smells while also keep you and your pooch happy.
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