Once a dog urinates on hardwood and the urine soaks in, the smell of pee is hard to remove. The acidic nature of urine soaks into the wood, staining it and leaving a lingering odour that remains for a long time to come. Luckily, if you have pee-stained wood with enduring odour, you do not have to replace the floors. Instead, use a combination of commercial cleaning supplies and homemade urine eliminating solutions to get rid of the odour for good.
The best course of action is preventing stains and odours before they occur. When you find wet urine spots, soak up the urine with clean paper towels. Cover the spots with an additional layer of paper towels and step on them to soak up any additional urine.
Enzyme cleaners break down the compounds that make urine smell. As the enzyme destroyers attack the urine, the odour is permanently removed. You can find cleaners at your local pet store and hardware store. Spray the cleaner on the stain or mix the cleaner with water and mop the area.
Home Cleaning Products
Alternatively, make your own cleaning and odour removing products using items found in your home. Sprinkle baking soda on urine stains and drizzle hydrogen peroxide mixed with liquid dish soap over the top. Scrub the area with a toothbrush to work it into a paste. Leave the mixture to dry and then sweep it up. Another option is to pour white, distilled vinegar onto the area. Leave the vinegar for five to 10 minutes and then soak it up using clean paper towels. The vinegar odour is strong, but will dissipate after a while.
When stains set in, use sandpaper to sand the surface of the hardwood floor. This removes the varnish on the floor. Sometimes, this is enough to remove the set-in stain as well. Continue sanding until you reach unstained wood. Dust away any sawdust and stain the exposed wood with a matching wood stain. Finish the repair with a new coat of sealant.
Some stains and odours set deep into the wood, making them impossible to remove with cleaning and sanding. When all else fails, consider replacing the flooring. If you have a floating floor, just replace the damaged area. Floating floors allow you to remove sections of the floor instead of replacing the entire floor.
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