How to get rid of dog urine smell on tile floors

Updated February 21, 2017

Dog urine does not produce as potent a smell as cat urine. This is because dogs tend to drink more water, which dilutes the urine and, in turn, the smell. However, if your dog has an accident on your tile floors, this does not mean that there won't be a lingering odour if you fail to clean up the urine correctly. Using the right cleaning methods on your tile floors will ensure you get rid of the dog urine smell once and for all.

Clean up the liquid urine as soon as possible. Use paper towels to soak it all up without rubbing it into the tile floors.

Pour plain water onto the tile floors and then soak it up with paper towels. This will help rinse away some of the urine smell.

Mix together 1 gallon of water with 1 cup of white vinegar. Pour this mixture directly onto your tile floors. The white vinegar will neutralise the dog urine smell.

Wipe up the vinegar solution with paper towels and rinse with water.

Dry the water with paper towels, and then spray an enzymatic pet cleaner onto your tile floors. This type of cleaner will further neutralise dog urine smell and discourage your dog from urinating on your tile floors again.

Allow the cleaner to sit for a few minutes, and then wipe it up with paper towels. Do not rinse with water.


Never use vinegar to clean stone tiles. Instead, add several drops of a mild dish-washing liquid to a quart of water to clean the floor tiles.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • White vinegar
  • Enzymatic cleaner
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