Removing Urine Odors from Wood Furniture

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Urine odors on wood furniture can be very persistent. There are several good methods to try for this cleaning job. This is a page about removing urine odor from wood furniture.


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April 30, 2017

I own an armoire that is over 100 years old that belonged to my grandmother. She used to store her chamber pot in it in the daytime. Although I have refinished the outside and lined the inside, that nasty odor lingers. How can I seal it or remove it?


April 30, 20170 found this helpful
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Sprinkle every corner of it with baking soda and leave it in the sun. Afterwards, line it with dryer sheets.

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May 1, 20170 found this helpful
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Nok-Out is a product that removes odors very well. You can get it at Amazon.

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January 21, 2020

Recently I adopted a new dog, he's been great except for having a habit of scent marking the base of the legs of our coffee and end tables. He's done it so much that the wood has been absorbing the urine and it's now been wicked into the wood itself.


How can I get the smell out of the wood as well as neutralizing the scent enzymes so that he won't keep going back and marking it again?


January 22, 20200 found this helpful

You should clean the area immediately with a dry cloth. Now apply a solution of 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water to the area. While it is still wet rub some baking soda into the solution you have applied to the table.

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January 23, 20200 found this helpful

I have had very good luck with a product called Fizzion. I normally have to go online to buy it. It is best to use it on spots where you have not used other chemicals and cleaners. I have never had it fail.

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December 11, 2009

How do you remove animal urine smell from the interior of a wooden antique bookcase? It was stored for years in an outdoor barn.

By Bee from Conroe,TX


December 11, 20092 found this helpful

Obviously the pee has soaked into the wood, so you'll need to get the cleaner in to the wood to remove it. Buy "OUT!" brand enzyme based pet cleaner at Walmart or Target ($4.79) and spray this into the wood and let saturate. You'll need to keep the enzyme based cleaner wet for it to do its job (because when it dries the enzymes and good bacteria "die" and stop working). I would also saturate a sponge or cleaner with the "Out!" (or other enzyme-based pet cleaner) and keep the area wet for 2 days. Yes, the wood may warp, but it will remove the pee!


Also, read below. This is a copy of something posted last year on ThriftyFun. I have had quite a few people send me mail here to tell me how amazingly this has worked. One gal followed the directions below and used them to remove ferret urine that had soaked into the wood baseboard below a wall heater. It had been there for several years and she'd tried everything to remove the smell that came out each time she turned the heater on. She had lost all hope. She was so thrilled that something finally worked to remove the smell, that she became a ThriftyFun member just to send a note to thank me. So, give it a try! But, as you know, you'll need to get the cleaner IN TO the wood by letting the "OUT!" soak in. (Hmmm, that sounds strange, let the OUT soak IN, lol.) Afterward, you'll most likely need to re-finish the wood. The post below was originally written to remove cat pee from carpeting, so you may need to re-think it a bit. Also, the enzymes in the cleaner worked best at room temperature. I don't know how well they'd work in a cold barn or garage in the winter. You should carefully run a heater. But don't let the "OUT!" get too hot either, or the enzymes die and stop working. You will want room temp.


Here's a great recipe for cleaning and permanently removing cat urine, other pet stains, and odors:

Start by first cleaning the area with a vinegar-water solution: Use 2-3 parts water mixed with 1 part vinegar. (It's easiest to put this mixture in a well marked spray bottle.) Clean and blot, with a white towel or white rag.

*** A side note: Never use ammonia to clean up cat or dog urine, because cats and dogs will be attracted right back to that same spot to go again. Since all urine is so strong in ammonia, this "fools" the pets' nose.

Next (and this is the most important step): Buy "OUT!" brand pet odor neutralizer at Walmart. It works by "eating" organic stains and odors by using good bacteria and enzymes. It costs only $4.79. You can use any brand of pet odor and stain remover as long as it says "cleans with enzymes" on the bottle. The main trick is to keep the "OUT!" wet so the good bacteria and enzymes stay "alive" by covering the area with plastic wrap or an unused plastic garbage bag. Do not blow dry area, as this will kill the good bacteria that "eats" the stain and smell. "Out!" smells like yummy vanilla, which is nice.


The second day: Repeat the application of the "OUT!" product and re-cover with plastic.

The third day: Pour plain old drugstore hydrogen peroxide on the area and let it fizz and bubble up anything that's left. Do this and I can bet your pet urine smell will disappear. Be careful to pre-test the carpet in a discreet area before using the hydrogen peroxide, just to make sure the carpet won't fade.

I've used peroxide many, many times to clean spots on my carpet and upholstery and it's never hurt my carpet, upholstery or any clothes fabric. Peroxide works to remove any organic stain. (That means it will remove grape juice which is natural, but not grape Jell-O or grape Kool-aid which is artificial, anyway, you get the idea.) Peroxide will also remove blood, coffee, and hot chocolate. Peroxide is a totally amazing stain remover. It works by using oxygen to "fizz out" the stain. Simple, but effective. Do not use the stronger peroxide that women bleach their hair with. Use the cheap 59 cent peroxide that is sold in grocery and drug store's "first-aid" aisle.


Make sure to do the above steps in the exact order I suggested, because if you use the peroxide before the "OUT!" then the peroxide may kill the good bacteria and enzymes. Also, If you don't have the time, you can skip the vinegar step. But if you really want to make sure you get out all of the odor and stain, then follow all the above steps because they are all important. Any one of the steps posted above will work, but all together, they work even better.

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November 13, 20170 found this helpful

How to clean wood surface where squirrell urine has ruined

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July 23, 2017

Removing the odor of cat urine from you wooden cabinets can be done with both home remedies, such as baking soda or vinegar, and a number of commercial products made for this purpose. This is a page about cat urine odor on wood cabinets.

A cat in a wood cabinet.

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