Getting Urine Odor Out of Hardwood Floors

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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Question: Removing Urine Odor From Wood Flooring

By Diane 1

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

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By guest (Guest Post) Flag

September 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!

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Question: Getting Urine Odor Out of Hardwood Floors

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

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By mydogevie 3 Flag

September 24, 2013

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.

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Question: Removing Cat Urine Odor from Wood and Carpet

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

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By Lizzyanny 9 1,251 Flag

December 17, 2014

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.

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Question: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

By LA 1

How do I remove dog urine odor from hardwood floors?

By LA from St. Louis, MO

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By mydogevie 3 Flag

September 24, 2013

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

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Question: Removing Dog Pee Smell from Hardwood

By christinastansell63 1

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?

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    By rubyredrose 1 Flag

    October 15, 2015

    I use vinegar and water. So far, no one can smell anything from the dog...and they should.

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    Question: Removing Dog Smell from Hardwood Floors

    By Bryce3 1

    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!

    By Bryce3

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    By Derek Costroff 1 Flag

    November 7, 2014

    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.

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    Question: Removing Dog Urine from Finished Wood Floors

    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.

    By BAvinton

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    By Sinead S. 1 Flag

    April 22, 2014

    Try a puppy training spray that you can get in most pet stores. Spray it on the paper or the training pad.

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    Question: Removing Cat Urine Odor from Wood Floor

    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.

    By Kandy

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    By Mary00 1 10 Flag

    March 31, 2012

    This works:

    http://www.amazon.com/Out-Stain-Odo ... e=UTF8&qid=1333209241&sr=8-6

    I would look around for a better price.

    This will hurt ( warp.. stain ... lift up ) your wood floor cause its a liquid and you need to really spray a lot so it works

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    Question: Removing Dog Urine Smell from Hardwood

    By Kendra H. 1

    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?

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      Question: Cleaning Dog Urine Off Hardwood Floors

      How do I get dried dog urine off finished hardwood floors?

      By Steve

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      Question: Removing Urine Odor from Wood Floor

      The toilet floor wood smells of urine. What do I use to remove odours please?

      By A redhead

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      Question: Cleaning Urine Off Hardwood Floor

      By Bridget P. 1

      My grandmother is constantly urinating and it lands on her hardwood floors. What can I use to clean and deodorize?

      By Bridget

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      Question: Removing Urine Smell from Wood Floors

      How do you get urine smell out of wooden floors?

      By As from Farrell, PA

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      Question: Removing Dog Urine Odor from Wood Floor

      How do you get dog pee out of hardwood floors?

      By Genene

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      Archive: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      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.

      Thanks,
      Connie Bodine in Austin, TX

      Answers:

      RE: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      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)

      By Mary

      RE: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      Try full strength Listerine mouthwash. (06/04/2005)

      By gazookeeper

      Archive: Removing Urine Odor From Wood Flooring


      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

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      RE: Removing Urine Odor From Wood Flooring

      Try household amonia. (09/03/2007)

      By MartyD

      RE: Removing Urine Odor From Wood Flooring

      You might try vinegar, I've had some luck with that. (09/04/2007)

      By tejas

      RE: Removing Urine Odor From Wood Flooring

      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)

      By thriftmeg

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      RE: Removing Urine Odor From Wood Flooring

      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.
      Susie (09/04/2007)

      By Ivieanne

      RE: Removing Urine Odor From Wood Flooring

      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)

      By Marianne

      RE: Removing Urine Odor From Wood Flooring

      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)

      By NellieMary

      Archive: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      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 stay outside most of the day and sleep inside at night. They often use the bathroom on the floors and no matter what I use to clean the hardwood floors, I can't get the urine smell out. I have even used bleach water. I need any advice out there.

      Thank FF's Wife.
      Pamela from Louisiana

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      RE: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      I had to fumigate an entire basement that had had 5 dogs in it. Vet suggested vinegar. I mixed it half and half with water and applied and let dry, and applied 2 more times and let it dry. The house smelled like a salad for about a week. It finally cleared up and the cement floor had no odor or visible spots.

      I think I would try the vinegar in an unseen spot first if I was using it on hardwood floors and see what happens and maybe use white vinegar first (I used brown vinegar on the basement floor). I also found a cleaner at a carpet store and I've forgotten the name of the cleaner but it was pricey. It was diluted with water also. It worked well but was too expensive for the area I had. (04/02/2007)

      By Fluffy

      RE: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      Cat urine is even worse than dog urine. My cats urinated on my sofa cushions with a foam core. I took them outside and poured water through and let them dry for several days in the sun. The smell was gone for awhile but eventually came back. A week ago I found some Febreeze pet odor eliminator and figured it was worth a try. So far, so good. If the smell comes back again, I'll spray it again. It was with all the other Febreeze sprays. (04/02/2007)

      By rae ann.

      RE: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      I sprayed Febreeze above my floor for cat urine and then sprinkled baking soda and left it for a day or so. The Febreeze masked the immediate odor and the baking soda the rest. It worked and the cat never returned to the area. (04/02/2007)

      By Wynn

      RE: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      (Sent in by Email)

      This tip works well for cat's urine, so I am sure it should work for dog's. Just use vanilla essence in the water, also place a small amount in a small bowl on the window sill.

      Enjoy your day,
      Catherine (04/03/2007)

      By ThriftyFun

      RE: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      After no luck with vinegar or Nature's Miracle, I used Odormute on our patio with excellent results. We have a male and a female Doberman and you can imagine the urine smell before we used this. I followed the instructions explicitly and it works great! Be sure to use gloves as it will irritate skin. Again follow the instruction to the letter.

      http://www.odormute.com
      (01/19/2008)

      By Michael

      RE: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      I heard from my step-mother that using vanilla and injecting it into the carpet with a syringe will get rid of cat urine smell. I have dogs and hard wood floors. What works great for me is Mr. Clean with Febreeze. It gets rid of the smell and freshens the whole room. (08/24/2008)

      By badboys525

      RE: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      I've used Orange TKO for years - it even penetrates into cement & wood under the carpet. It's inexpensive & I use it to clean everything! The best thing is it's an odor barrier to animals; my animals don't chew, dig, scratch or lay where I spray it. (12/20/2008)

      By Rae Leff

      RE: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      I used hydrogen peroxide for the black urine stains on the hardwood floor and there were many. The peroxide, after several applications, lightened the stains or made them disappear all together. I haven't tried anything for the odor yet. Will let you know. (01/15/2009)

      By timrific1

      Archive: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      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

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      RE: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      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)

      By Cyinda

      Archive: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      I am trying to remove set in dog urine from old hardwood floors. It has been set in for a period of time. I have tried mopping with several things, nothing has helped. I now have a newborn who is staying with head congestion.
      I think this may be why. After I get this problem smell gone for good, I want to put down new floor covering. If anyone can tell me how to rid this smell for good it is appreciated. Thanks.

      By Stephanie from LA

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      RE: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      The only thing I can think of that's not too unpleasant is enzymes. Walmart has an inexpensive brand which has a pleasant vanilla scent. The enzymes just eat anything biological or organic. It still might leave a stain, or maybe it would remove it.

      Babies aren't supposed to be exposed to chemicals for cleaning, so this was the mildest thing I could think of. It's in the pet department. (11/12/2009)

      By PIKKA

      RE: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      I used peroxide full strength on my hardwood floors. The dog had peed on my floor and I did not know. It also turned my floor black, but over a couple of weeks the black and smell was gone. Good luck. (11/12/2009)

      By grisluol

      RE: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      Mop it with hot vinegar water half and half and if that don't work then use less water in the mixture. Vinegar really does work. It's the best cleaner and disinfectant I've ever used. It does smell a little bad, but it the smell goes away fast (11/13/2009)

      By mkm1enonly

      RE: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      Citrasolve or janitor supply Limonene. Citrasolve does wonders on carpet as well. Stain dissolves with no ring. Rids odor beautifully. Smells good, too. (11/16/2009)

      By muttmom

      RE: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      I raise Boxer puppies, so you can well imagine that I have encountered urine smells before. The best product I have found is called OUT! You can buy the small bottle at Wal Mart for $8.50 or a whole gallon at Kmart for $12.00. You just spray it on the floor and let it dry (it has never left a stain). It has an enzyme neutralizer in it, plus it smells very pleasant and fresh. I spray it on furniture, curtains, and carpet. I even put it in my carpet cleaner. Works great for cat urine, too. (11/18/2009)

      By boxergirl76

      RE: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      Use white vinegar. Just pour it on the spot. (11/18/2009)

      By 1stborn

      Archive: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      How can I get rid of dog urine odor on hardwood floors? Bleach only worked for awhile.

      By Joy from Buffalo, NY

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      RE: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      I have had that problem and found that white vinegar can be helpful as it neutralizes the ammonia smell coming from the pee. Also sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda onto the area. It also helps absorb smell. If it doesn't completely eliminate the odour, at least no harm will come to you, pets, or environment!

      Cheers, Vicki (03/22/2010)

      By vicki57

      RE: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      getridofthings.com. (03/22/2010)

      By dcnfamily

      RE: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      You must seal it with floor finish. (07/14/2010)

      By johnflooring

      Archive: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      How do I get dog urine out of bare hardwood floors?

      By Faith from Lakewood, CA

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      RE: Dog Urine Smell on Hardwood Floors

      I'm not sure if you were planning on carpeting the floors or refinishing them or what.
      But, the only real way to mask the odor of urine on hardwood floors is to use a primer sealer called Bin.
      It is made by Zinsser and is shellac-based.
      You can brush, roll or spray it on and then paint over it or carpet over the top of it. (08/02/2010)

      By Hawker19

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