Removing Pet Urine Stink and Stains from Wood Floors

This homeowner had to go the extreme route of completely removing the wood floors and subflooring to rid their home of dog urine smell. Apparently the previous owners had tenants who had left dogs inside for weeks with no place to go but inside and on the floors.

Hopefully your problems with pet urine won’t require tearing up your flooring or carpets. Here are some other tips for removing the urine stink and stains.

  • The faster you clean up the mess, the easier it will be…and the less likely stains will set.
  • It is important to remember that you must eliminate all odor. Even if you cannot smell it, companion animals can, and they will likely try to pee on or mark over the same area. They do that out of instinct, not spite. Follow these clean-up steps for wet or dried urine spots.
  • Use nontoxic products that are specifically made for pet messes and pet odors. They are typically more effective, since they organically break down waste while neutralizing odors, and they are safer for homes with animals. But always check the label to be sure.
  • There are nontoxic, inexpensive cleaning solutions you can make at home using standard ingredients such as baking soda, white vinegar and club soda.
  • Treat stains properly to avoid permanent damage to carpets and upholstery.


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