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.
Here are questions related to Getting Urine Odor Out of Hardwood Floors.
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
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 Derek Costroff11/07/2014
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.
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 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 Sinead S.04/22/2014
Try a puppy training spray that you can get in most pet stores. Spray it on the paper or the training pad.
How do you get dog pee out of hardwood floors?
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.
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
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 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.
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 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!
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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
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
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
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 rae ann.
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,
By Rae Leff
How can I get dog urine smells out of wood floors? Thanks for anyone's help.