The Best Way to Get Cat Urine Out of the Floor Boards

Updated February 21, 2017

Before kittens learn what a kitty litter box is for, you may encounter urine stains across your flooring. A porous material such as wood floor boards absorb the liquid, leaving stains and odour behind. An acidic substance, cat urine can stain a wood floor permanently if not removed as soon as possible. The floor also requires an odour-absorbing product that neutralises and soaks up the smell from the flooring.

Blot wet cat urine with paper towels. Dab the area gently to keep from pushing the urine any further into the flooring. Blot until the liquid stops transferring to the paper towels.

Mix 3/4 cup of water with 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Pour into a spray bottle.

Spray the affected area generously with the vinegar mixture. Scrub the floor boards with a damp rag.

Rinse the area by wiping with a wet sponge. If the urine stain remains, spray again with the vinegar solution. Scrub the area and rinse. Continue using same procedure until the stain disappears.

Sprinkle baking soda over the floor boards, and allow it to sit on the floor for 30 minutes. The baking soda absorbs any leftover smell. Wipe the baking soda from the floor boards with a damp rag and dry with a clean cloth.


Test the vinegar mixture on a hidden area of the floor boards before applying to the cat urine stain.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Rag
  • Sponge
  • Baking soda
  • Cloth
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Constance Barker, located in the hills of southern Ohio, is the owner and writer of several financial, credit report and travel websites. She started writing in 1999 for private clients and began creating website content in 2004. She gained expertise in home improvement after she and her husband built their home themselves.