Accidents happen, but removing urine odors from wood floors can seem like a big job. This is a guide about getting urine odor out of hardwood floors.
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Here are questions related to Getting Urine Odor Out of Hardwood Floors.
I had a dog that did nothing but destroy the house. My rugs were always covered with urine. The dog has a home now and I know I need to rip up the carpets but what I need to know is how to get the odor out of the wood floor beneath the rug. I know it went through.
I want to get new carpets but need to be rid of the odors first. I heard of the Vinegar and I have not tried it yet but if I do does anyone know the mixture I must use? How much water and vinegar? I have also heard of lemon juice as well. Please help and thanks in advance.
Diane from New York
By Vicki (Guest Post) 09/17/2008
Tried bleach, sanding, vinegar, and baking soda with not much help, I could still smell it. Finally, I used kilz premium, then painted, & carpeted. No more odor!
I have a dog and he is peeing on the hardwood floors. How can I get the urine scent out? I had a rug there previously and he peed on that. I had to throw it away and the urine scent has never left. I have tried everything. Please help.
By S Ayers
Soak paper towels in hydrogen peroxide and leave it on the hardwood area for a good hour. You can see the urine (yellow) on the paper towel!
Note: this will lighted the stain of your hardwood; but the smell will be GONE.
I am having a hard time keeping urine smell out of my home. One of my cats for some reason is peeing on the floor around his liter box instead of in it. I don't know why he started doing this. Is he trying to tell me something? Is he sick, is he mad at me for something? I don't understand. I need to know how I can stop him from doing this and what I can do to get rid of the urine smell on the wood floor and my carpet. Please help!
By Linda D. from Bellmawr, NJ
This behavior is the most common sign of a bladder infection. The cat associates the liter box with pain and begins to avoid it, thinking it can get away from the pain. You need to get your cat to the Vet right away to avoid having this behavior become habitual, and to relieve its' pain.
How do I remove dog urine odor from hardwood floors?
By LA from St. Louis, MO
Hydrogen peroxide will not darken the unfinished wood... it actually lightens stained wood. Soak paper towels with peroxide and set over soiled area. You'll be shocked to see the yellow urine absorbed... gross
I have dogs and even though they go to the restroom outside if my kids don't let them out or they have a accident over night, as soon as we come in the house it smells like a dog kennel. I have hardwood floors and want to get the smell out naturally using the stuff I have at home. What can I use to get the smell out?
I have been searching the internet, and have tried just about everything. Here's a little back story, we bought a fixer upper house, in a small town that we really love. We got a good deal (to be determined), in November, with the plans to be moved in sometime in spring.
This house was lived in by five bachelors, and needless to say, the house was pretty gross, and we still have a lot of work to do. We spent close to a month just scrubbing everything, walls, kitchen, ripping out the shower, and pretty much anything else that was really disgusting. Then we bought some paint and painted the walls. Now we are just waiting on more money to finish replacing things (shower, lights, doors, carpet, etc.).
The carpet was removed before we purchased the house, and it has natural hardwood floors, that are not in good shape. After really looking at them, we determined they are not worth refinishing, as it would cost a lot.
What we have noticed is that even after cleaning everything and painting, there is still this gross dog smell, (the dogs that lived there were gross, I felt bad for them). Through process of elimination, we know it is the wood floor. We have scrubbed them at least 10 times, on hands and knees, with everything we could think of, (each of the following full blast, not on the same day) Pine Sol, orange degreaser cleaning stuff, bleach, vinegar (actually soaked the floor with this, which made it smell like vinegar for a day or two, but then nothing. We even tried baking soda and a couple other things and the smell will not go away.
I talked to Home Depot and they sell a stain blocker that gets painted on the floor, for close to $200 per 5 gallons, (we would need 10 gallons). It seems pretty expensive, and I am wondering what else we could try that would be more cost effective. Does anyone knows if that would really work, or just be a waste of money? Any help is greatly appreciated. I would just look for something a little less expensive to try first. Thanks!
Most pet stores (PetSmart, Petco, etc...) carry urine cleaner. I think it has special enzymes in it to break down the urine to the point the dog doesn't even smell it. I have a puppy that used to have accidents on my hardwood floor and I had trouble getting him to stop because I was cleaning with household cleaners. Has almost completely stopped accidents after using the urine cleaner.
How do I remove dog urine from finished wood floors? I have 2 puppies age 9 weeks and we are trying to paper train them. I have used a mix of white vinegar and water after cleaning up the urine, but the pups continue to pee and poop on the floor, not the paper.
Does anyone have a recommendation on how to remove cat urine odor from a hardwood floor? It seems to get a strong odor when the weather gets humid.
I recently babysat my mother's puppy and he peed all over my hardwood floors during the night. I have used vinegar, Lysol, Febreze, baking soda, and standard hardwood floor cleaners, but the smell is not going away and since I rent I can't really afford to use bleach. I also have a cat so using an ammonia based cleaner is out of the question. I suspect that he may have gotten a little on my desk too and I have scrubbed that down as well, but the sides are particle board and I can't clean them like I can real wood.
What can I do from here to get the smell out?
How do I get dried dog urine off finished hardwood floors?
The toilet floor wood smells of urine. What do I use to remove odours please?
By A redhead
My grandmother is constantly urinating and it lands on her hardwood floors. What can I use to clean and deodorize?
How do you get urine smell out of wooden floors?
By As from Farrell, PA
How do you get dog pee out of hardwood floors?
I just saw where Downey liquid softener can be used to remove dog urine smell from wood floors. Should it be used full strength or mixed with water?
By Trish P.
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My older, more dominant, dog is often peeing on our area carpet which invariably stains our hardwood floors, leaving a terrible urine smell. Can anyone recommend a "homemade" product that's not so costly or recommend one on the market? I've tried a few items such as "natures miracle" and "simple solution" but neither really takes the smell out. Also, if you know of an inexpensive medicine for my dog for this habit, I would like to know of that too.
Connie Bodine in Austin, TX
Just heard this on talk radio the other day... A man called in and said this is what professional "cleaners" use LIQUID DOWNEY FABRIC SOFTENER. He claims the smell will NEVER come back. Good luck. (06/01/2005)
Try full strength Listerine mouthwash. (06/04/2005)
A friend has dogs and cats, and they have had accidents on the floor which is wood. Does anyone have a solution on removing the odor from the wood? I would appreciate any advice.
Nanny from Lake Ariel
Try household amonia. (09/03/2007)
You might try vinegar, I've had some luck with that. (09/04/2007)
Be careful with both vinegar and ammonia on wood, especially if it is stained to color it. If the pet urine has gone into the grain of the wood, you may have to sand it down, feathering out around the edges of area in question and try to restain and reseal the surface. If it is veneer, you may not even be able to do that. If it is planks or flooring that is in tiles like some parquetries, you might consider replacing the planks or boards affected only. (09/04/2007)
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I just found a web site that you probably would be interested in. http://www.petodorremoval.net
When you have a chance check it out. Sounded interesting.
I have no idea if it works on wood but it has been a lifesaver in my house on carpet and tile - try Natures Miracle. (09/05/2007)
You cannot use anything too harsh on wood floors. I would try Murphy's Oil Soap made for wood floors. I have had good luck with this. (09/11/2007)
I have hard wood floors, they need to be refinished, but I can't afford it right now. I have dogs that come in the house. They often use the bathroom on the floors and no matter what I use to clean them, I can't get the urine smell out.
How can I get dog urine smells out of wood floors? I did not realize they were peeing on a certain item and when I removed the Rooster, the floor is black. I tried bleach, baking soda paste, nothing works. Is there anything I can put on the areas that the dogs are peeing on for them to stop? I have a 15 year old Shih tzu, and a 2 year old. They have just started doing this, that is why I'm puzzled. Thanks for anyone's help.
By grisluol from Spring Hill, TN
For complete directions on how to remove all traces of pet orders, read my post here:(by Cyinda) thriftyfun.com
I've had people write me that have Googled "Pet Urine" that have been extremely satisfied with the results of using this post. One gal wrote me and said she couldn't remove ferret urine from below her windows until she tried the above method. She said that every time the sun shone on the ferret urine that the heat would bring the smell back.
The URL tip (above) is for carpeting, but has also worked for wood flooring, too.
To keep them away from this spot (after cleaning), you can buy some double-sided carpet tape and tape this to a large piece of foam board, poster board, or cardboard. Remove tape's backing and leave the sticky side up. Put these cardboard pieces where your dogs like to go potty. They won't like the way the tape feels on their feet and will stay off. Also, never clean with ammonia. Pets think it smells like urine and will keep on going where you used the ammonia to clean. (09/01/2009)
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