Removing Dog Smell from Hardwood Floors

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!

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November 1, 20141 found this helpful
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Have you ever tried any of the Natures Miracle brand of cleaners? We moved into a 100 year old house that had been abandoned for 20 years. Racoons had been in the house and did their bidness. I purchased Natures Miracle and poured it full strength on spot where it was obvious they went.


I let it sit there and dry naturally and the smell is gone. Petsmart sells it and its an enzyme cleaner so it actually breaks down the agents that cause urine to stink to begin with. Good luck!

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July 14, 20160 found this helpful
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The shellac paint that starts with a z sold at Home Depot is amazing and does work . I ised it on an area of sub flooring before putting down new floors and have never had the smell return. A few more things to try if you want to try and keep the floors unpainted would be to sand the whole floor. Then soak the floor in an enzyme hospital grade cleaner sold at most janitorial supply's or formula 99 get an air mover fan and let it dry. Using a stain or finish on the floor will also seal the floor and block odor. To re down a hard wood floor on your own shouldn't cost you more then $300-$400 is what it cost me to do about 1800Sq and 3 days work. I have flipped a few small homes and have had great feed back :)

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November 7, 20141 found this helpful

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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May 12, 20160 found this helpful

I trjed everything and i bave had friends that have tried everything. The only thing that wirks is 2 coats of KIELS

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