How to clean urine from tile floors

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How to clean urine from tile floors
Clean urine from tile floors promptly and completely. (Tiled floor image by Simon Amberly from

Whether you face pet urine or human urine on your flooring, the fact that someone or something urinated on your tile floor is not a pleasant matter. Clean urine from a tile floor promptly and completely to ensure the bacteria from the urine does not penetrate into the grout or the tiles and cause odour problems. With prompt and thorough cleaning, you can restore your tile floors to their former clean condition and prevent odours.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper towels
  • Bucket
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Old rag
  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Chlorine bleach

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  1. 1

    Blot up the excess urine with paper towels as quickly as possible. Discard the paper towels.

  2. 2

    Fill the bucket with warm water and add three or four squirts of dishwashing detergent to the water. Swirl the water around to activate the bubbles.

  3. 3

    Saturate the rag with the soapy water and wipe the entire tiled area with the soapy rag to remove the urine. Rinse the rag out and saturate it with clean water. Use the rag to rinse the soap from the tile area and allow the area to dry completely.

  4. 4

    Assess the floor to determine whether you removed all odours and stains. If odours and stains persist, continue to the next step.

  5. 5

    Fill the spray bottle with one part white vinegar and one part cool water. Spray the diluted vinegar onto the stained area and allow the vinegar to sit on the area for approximately 10 minutes. Wipe the vinegar water from the floor with paper towels, and wipe the area with a damp cloth to rinse it completely. Allow the area to dry.

  6. 6

    Assess the floor again. If you still detect odours or stains, continue to the next step.

  7. 7

    Fill the bucket with 1 gallon of warm water. Add 3/4 cup bleach to the water and mix well. Apply the bleach solution to the floor with the rag and allow the solution to sit on the tile for five minutes. Rinse the bleach solution from the floor with plain water on a saturated rag.

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