Removing Dog Pee Smell from Hardwood

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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June 16, 201611 found this helpful
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I know this question is older but I did want to let you know what I have done.

My dog has made a habit to potty on our dining room floor every now and then. The floor is natural hardwood, non-sealed. So it did produce a bit of an odor that I was able to mask a little bit.

Well, a few weeks ago she gave birth to 10 puppies on that same floor and it was a disaster. After that she has been pottying ( #1 and #2 ) on that floor any time I turned my back ( almost literally ). The smell was HORRIBLE. I didn't want to come home anymore. The second I put the key in the front door to unlock it, I could smell it! It was so bad I didn't know what to do.

I've spent the last few weeks buying any product that said it'd work for pet urine and odor. I ordered chemicals online that were strictly for removing odor out of hardwood floors. Nothing seemed to help. The minute I thought it might, the smell was back the next day.


Anyway to get to the point, I was running out of options and definitely sanity. I bought 4lbs of baking soda, and got some white vinegar. I poured the box of baking soda all over the floor. I took a small handheld broom and brushed it in all the cracks and spaces in the floor as well as making sure the actual top of the floor was coated. ( this creates a huge powdery mess but it's worth it.) I let the powder sit for about 5 minutes. I then sprayed vinegar, dousing the baking soda and let that work for about 10-15min. Sprayed it with vinegar again and started scrubbing with a brush the top layer of the floor and in the cracks. Wiping up the mess with paper towel. After I let it all dry. I lightly broomed some more baking soda on the floor making sure it got into the cracks and vacuumed up the rest. It created a dusty kind of residue on the floor so I wiped the floor with pledge. Turned on a fan and opened the Windows to let the room air out. Smell-GONE. completely. Even before when I'd clean it and the room smelled "ok" if you got closer to the floor there was an odor. Not now.


I can willingly come home again! Lol. I open the front door and I'm not greeted with a bad odor. I walk through the dining room and just look at the floor in awe. The floor even looks as great as it smells too. I have found my new floor cleaning regimen for sure.

Sorry for such a long post but it stunk so so so bad and it's just gone now without a fortune being spent.

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November 19, 20160 found this helpful
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You know what really works great and does not require multiple stages, Odoban. I asked a buddy who deals with urine soaked hardwoods for a living (among other things). There are a ton of enzyme based cleaners out there and I have tried some thaf really don't work well at all.

Let me give you a picture of what kind of disaster and smell i was desling with. A family member of mine bought a house that was a rental property for many years. Mind you the previous owners last tenant hadn't lived there in almost 2 years. It had been vacant for for nearly two years...


i was pulling up carpet that was so urine soaked from a dog tbat it was still wet, sticky, snd terrible smelling. Underneath the carpet was urine soKed natural hardwoods.

My friend recommended the eucalyptus odoban and advised me to use a carpet cleaner with hot water and the odoban. The carpet cleaner applies the cleanser and it also sucks it back up after you let the solution sit kn the floor fir a llttle bit. There was only one area that was so bad that i had to do the process twice.

That was e years ago. To this day you wouid never know that a dog lived in that house let alonepissed every where.

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October 18, 20180 found this helpful

did you get 'the mess' out of the cracks? i have scrubbed with baking soda and vinegar, but i used a lot and it's pretty dense and web and stuck on the floor still. should i wait to let it dry and then vaccuum? thank you!!!

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October 18, 20180 found this helpful

did you wipe 'the mess' out of the cracks? i have scrubbed with baking soda and vinegar but i used a lot and it's pretty dense and wet on the boards.


should i wait til it drys and then vaccuum? thanks so much!!

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October 15, 20152 found this helpful

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

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