How to clean wood floors of animal feces

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How to clean wood floors of animal feces
With patience, and the right tools, faeces can be removed from a wooden floor. (wood texture image by PaulPaladin from

Techniques for cleaning a wood floor of animal faeces are largely dependent on how much time has elapsed since the "accident," the "consistency" of the faeces, and the condition of the finish on your floor. There are cleaning techniques for your wood floor that should work under most circumstances.

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Things you need

  • Paper towels
  • Plastic bags
  • Rubber gloves (optional)
  • Scrubby sponge or soft bristled cleaning brush
  • Natures Miracle (or another brand of enzyme-based pet odour cleaner)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Antibacterial hand soap or waterless hand cleaner

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    Put on rubber gloves, if that is your preference, or simply insert your hand into a plastic bag and pick up the faeces with the bag. You may also put a couple of paper towels over the faeces before picking it up with the bag. Turn the bag inside out, so the faeces is inside the bag, tie the bag and throw it away. If the finish of your floor is in good shape and the faeces relatively solid, there may be very little residue. Just use a spritz or two of an enzyme-based cleaner, followed by a wipe and quick scrub with a paper towel to get rid of any odour.

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    Note the condition of your floor. If the floor is a little beaten up and the faeces has dried or is embedded into the scratches, further action will be needed. Spray the area with the enzyme-based cleaner, wait a minute or two, and then gently use a scrubby sponge or soft brush (you may want to have a special one put aside just for this particular job to avoid spreading germs and odour) to clean the rest of the faeces. Spray on more enzyme-based cleaner as needed then wipe up with a paper towel. This may have to be repeated several times to make sure all the faeces has been removed. Finally, spray with a little more enzyme-based cleaner and wipe with a paper towel to make sure the smell is gone.

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    Wait until the stain fully dries before doing anything further if the wood appears to have been stained. You may find the darkening disappears as the wood dries. If not, try gently rubbing a little 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide into the stain. Don't use too much; and wait a few minutes between applications to see if the stain is fading.

Tips and warnings

  • Pregnant women should not clean up or otherwise handle animal faeces especially cat faeces due to the risk of contracting toxoplasmosis. Always wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap and hot water, or with waterless hand-sanitiser, after coming into contact with faeces of any kind.

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