Cleaning Pet Urine Odors on Floors

April 8, 2014

When cleaning up any cat or dog pee on the floor, never ever use ammonia. Dog and cat pee both have a high ammonia content (often cats more so than dogs) so the smell can attract your pet and cause them to keep mistaking that spot for a bathroom! Most dogs and cats can smell one tiny spot of pee with their highly developed sense of smell.


If it's on a wood, tile, or linoleum floor use your normal cleaner, but be sure to go over the spot several times with a paper towel first. If you use your mop to clean up a pee puddle, it will most likely be just spreading the urine and scent around which also attracts them back to where they smell the urine, to pee again. If your pet keeps coming back to the area to use it as a bathroom you will want to try a product with live enzymes to remove the smell permanently. Be sure to spot check with the product first, as it needs to sit on the area and be allowed to air dry.

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September 21, 2005

I have a Florida room that I keep my 4 (don't ask) little dogs in at night. The floor is tile and I have to mop the floor every day. What is the best way to mop this floor that will neutralize the smell?

Also, does anyone know, what is the best way to keep the dogs from "using" the floor of this room as their potty? They have a doggie door that takes them right to their dog pen. Should I try taking their food and water away from them at night or what?

I am at my wits end. I love them all but the constant cleaning is killing me. They are all adopted so I will not get rid of any of them as they are my babies.



September 21, 20050 found this helpful
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The best way to teach them where you want them to go is to put some of the waste material in the area you want and then patiently train them until they understand what you want. I also have small dogs. It can take quite awhile, once they have learned bad habits.

The scent is what they are responding to. Dogs will tend to go where the scent indicates they have gone before. If you pick up or mop up some of the mess with paper towels and then place them outside where they should be going, it will be a good start. Show it to them right away, and remind them buy taking them out to that spot whenever you catch them going indoors. Be patient. It may seem it will never work, but in my experience they are very cooperative once they "get it." Also, find the strongest odor remover you can find and use it every day indoors. If that doesn't seem to be doing it, try a very strong odor that the dogs will not appreciate, such as vinegar or ammonia.


Keep the scent indoors eliminated or covered, and keep reminding them.

The second part of the training is to make sure you praise and reward them when they do what you want, and make absolutely certain that you do not do anything they might think of as a reward when they do what you do not want them to do. My dogs get a treat every night when I put them to bed. I make absolutely certain that they do not get this treat anytime within 15 minutes of the time I have to clean up any mess on the floor. I also give it to them immediately after I get the soiled puppy pad up and put a new one down. They are getting the idea.

It is a very bad idea to withhold food and (especially) water for training purposes.


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September 22, 20050 found this helpful
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I agree with the cage at night. It's not mean. I had a Great Dane who preferred her kennel. She would voluntarily go in to take naps. It was her special place that she could have all to herself. I agree that they are going because they smell that they've gone there before. You will have to try to get that smell out and probably seal the grout or something. And as long as they're in a room temperature area, I don't think they would have a problem with not having their food and water out at night.


My dog is fed free choice because I haven't had any problem with him with weight or accidents, but I know vets sometimes recommend having a feeding schedule for your dog. My mother in law's dogs are fed at 7 am and 4 pm, water is left out all day...then at night they go to their "bed". They are perfectly fine.

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By Chelsea (Guest Post)
October 4, 20050 found this helpful
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The grout on your tile floors is where the residual smell remains. If you were able to totally clean it, you could, in theory, seal your grout and then the smell would be gone.

I know nothing about training dogs, but I'm assume you'll have to do both.

It sounds like this has been occuring for quite awhile, and I doubt there is a way to entirely remove the smell from the grout. The best solution is to remove the grout and re-grout the room.


This is something you can do yourself if you have patience. Any home improvement store will have the necessary tools. If you are really patient, I reccommend an epoxy grout. This grout resists stains and spills much more than a regular grout and never needs to be sealed. The downside, is that it takes more time and care when grouting.

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By crystal (Guest Post)
September 17, 20060 found this helpful
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I have five pitbulls a pug and two chihuahuas in my house I have no children so they are my babies. I had some trouble at my old house but there is stuff that you can buy on the t.v. called urine be gone. IT WORKS GREAT since I have moved I have made it a rule to take them out about 6 times a day and leave them out for about 20 minutes each time.


Now they tell me when they need to go outside. It took me about two months to perfect it but it is so worth it.

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July 10, 20090 found this helpful
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Agree with the poster who mentioned crating your furbabies at night; they will probably protest at first, but it sure beats mopping up urine all over the place every morning.

See you're from the South, too-- Publix has a really inexpensive product in the pet food aisle called Pet Select PEE-PEE; it comes in a fairly large bottle and is for odor and stain removal.

We picked this up--not for my dog, thank heaven-- when a friend's dog came over and puddled all over the place. Worked great!

Dependent upon how big that room is, I'd pick up a couple of bottles ( under $20), block the dogs' access to the floor, spread it full-strength on it so it seeps into the grout and let it sit for about a half-hour.

Mop that up and then follow the bottle directions and mop again and rinse.

This stuff really is excellent and I've also used it as a stain pre-treat for normal laundry!

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March 8, 2017

What else can you use besides Pine Sol to clean your floors to get the oil up from the dog's pee?


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March 8, 20170 found this helpful

Use Nature's Miracle, available at pet stores, to remove the odor. Your pet has marked its territory and you don't want that!

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Use Nature's Miracle, available at pet stores, to remove the odor. Your pet has marked its territory and you don't want that! It removes all stains and odors.

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March 9, 20170 found this helpful

I think the stronger the clean up chemical is, it makes it smell worse. Here are three suggestions #1 After initial wipe, one part hydrogen peroxide and two parts water. Let it sit on the spot for five to ten minutes before wiping. #2 Undiluted white vinegar. Spray on and wipe.# 3 Baking soda to absorb, then wipe.

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April 6, 20170 found this helpful

First scrub with cut Lemon(or Lime). Make paste of Baking Soda and Vinegar. Apply in that spot. Leave for 5 minutes. Then wipe with a wet cloth.
I think that helps.

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January 10, 2011

About 5 weeks ago I watched my son's puppy and he peed on the carpet and once on the kitchen floor, which I cleaned up. After she left my 3 year old (15#) Bichon/Maltese has been going on the kitchen spot, not every day and not all the time. She does it when we are home, but we can never catch her. We have used Dap, but it does not work. Help.



January 10, 20112 found this helpful

Try an enzymatic cleaner. Just last week I bought a bottle of OUT! Stain and Odor Remover while I was at Wal-Mart. Previously I got PetZyme from Petsmart.

From the back of my new bottle:
-Natural pro-bacteria and enzyme solution permanently removes stains and odors
-Removes pheromones that cause pets to revisit and resoil spots

I have three cats. One throws up from time to time, so I use enzymatic to clean up the spots. When my youngest was a kitten, he had a little pee accident on the couch. I used the enzymatic cleaner, sucked up as much as I could with my carpet cleaner, gave it all one more good spray, and let it air dry. The other cats came around and acted interested while it was drying, but once it was completely dried, I could not smell anything, and the other cats acted completely uninterested (I was so worried they'd all star peeing on that spot!).

So, for us, an enzymatic cleaner is the way to go. I haven't had to try the new bottle yet, but I'm hoping it performs like the stuff from Petsmart. I got it from the area where they have pet shampoos and potty training supplies. I know that there are other brands, too.

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January 10, 20110 found this helpful

If the dog is going only to the uncarpeted spot in the kitchen, another thing yhou could try is sprinkling a little cayenne pepper on the spot. I know that works for cats as they do not like the smell. It may work for dogs as well. I would try that first and then try the cleaner as the other poster Mrs. Story suggested.

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December 5, 20181 found this helpful

Cayenne ( or any pepper) is an irritant and very dangerous if it gets in a pet's eyes.
Marg from England.

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December 20, 20180 found this helpful

I have a 18 yr old cat that goes outside to pee but then poops in the tiled bathroom or hallway to the bedrooms, but my 3 yr old Smithfield heeler after we close the back doors before we go too bed if he needs to pee he uses my cats litter tray and we have not taught him this, but sometimes he may piddle on the family room tiles, I have tried everything other then the vinegar so I will try this method tonite and see how it goes, so thank u for ur tips on this problem... thank you so much

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February 27, 2013

Because of its composition, removing pet urine stains and odors from laminate flooring may seem daunting. This is a page about cleaning pet urine stains and odors from laminate flooring.

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