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Removing Urine Stains on Tile Floor

How do I remove urine stains from ceramic tile?

By thecaz57

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Removing Urine Stains on Tile Floor

Use the "Pee Recipe" (adjust ingredient amounts to your needs):

As with any product that you would put on your carpet, flooring, or furniture, please test for colorfastness. To test for colorfastness, mix a small amount of the solution and place on a hidden area of your carpet. Wait 24 hours or until carpet is dry before proceeding to full treatment.

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We recommend extreme caution when treating fine fabrics and upholstery. You must be extra careful in checking for colorfastness. Do not skip this step, thinking, "Oh, I'm sure it will be fine." It may not. You must test a hidden area and wait 24 hours before proceeding to a full treatment.

Odor Remover

  • 16 oz. (2 cups) hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 small drops liquid dishwashing soap (Dawn, Palmolive, etc.)

Place all ingredients in a glass jar or bowl. Gently stir do not beat or shake, until baking soda is dissolved. If urine is fresh, be sure to blot up any excess urine with dry paper towels or a dry washcloth before the next step.

Pour mixture over urine spot, making sure to cover the entire spot. Allow mixture to completely soak the area being treated. Do not rub or scrub. Let sit for 24 hours without disturbing. After 24 hours, take clean paper towels or a clean, white washcloth and blot up any remaining liquid. Again, do not rub or scrub. Allow area to air dry completely. If you are treating carpet, you can vacuum over the area when dry.

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Makes 16 oz. (2 cups) of solution.

Tips:

  • The solution is most active for one hour after mixing. Be sure to apply the solution within this time period for maximum effectiveness.
  • Do not enclose the mixture in an airtight container, or you could have a big mess on your hands. The reason for this is because when the ingredients are combined they release oxygen (Remember making "volcanoes" out of baking soda and vinegar when you were a little kid? Similar principle here.).
  • Two alternate methods of applying the solution are using a spray bottle or a garden watering can. A spray bottle works best for applying the solution to hard surfaces like concrete or linoleum, or to vertical surfaces like walls or shower tile. This is not the best method for carpet. Just be sure to thoroughly spray the area you are treating. A garden watering can is best for medium to large areas, indoors or outdoors.
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  • For really tough odors, you may have to treat the area more than once. Carpet, furniture, and mattresses typically require 1-2 treatments. Concrete, wood, tile, and other hard surfaces usually need 3-5 treatments (1 treatment per day).
  • For concrete and other hard surfaces, you want to make enough of the recipe to completely cover the stain. Pour or spray the solution on and let it soak. Do not mop or wipe up. Let it sit for 24 hours (depending on the humidity level, it will usually evaporate during this time). Repeat the treatment once a day for 3-5 days.
  • For mattresses, the best thing to do is to make a double, triple, or even quadruple batch of the recipe, enough to completely cover the stain and then really pour it on. Don't be afraid of saturating the mattress. The urine has gone deep into the mattress, so you need to make sure that there's enough solution to go deep into the mattress as well.
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    The solution has to reach the urine to neutralize it. We recommend treating the mattress in the morning so that the solution can work through the day. The mattress will often be dry enough for use by bedtime. (03/12/2010)

    By anne

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January 8, 20190 found this helpful

We bought a new house and the previous owners had two small dogs. They let them poop and pee everywhere. It is mostly hardwood, so hopefully, that will blast away the smell and then seal it in with polyurethane. There is one bathroom that has dark multi-colored slate like tile. I don't know if it is real slate or porcelain. I am guessing it is the latter. The surface is somewhat uneven which traps the dirt even more.

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The sellers periodically kept the dogs here and in the unfinished basement with the concrete floor. The bathroom also has a door to the backyard so it was sort of like a mudroom pass through too. While the place was cleaned after the sellers moved, I went over the bathroom with a Swiffer and didn't like what I saw. I'm going to ask a cleaning person to clean it by hand with a brush.

What sort of detergent should she use? Pinesol or some other regular cleaning solution? Will a product like bleach will discolor the slate/porcelain? Do you think the pee/poop permeated the tile? Would it permeate porcelain too? Or is it in the grout? Should I soak it with the Get Serious or is that product really for soft, more absorbent items like rugs/furniture?

I have two small kids and this bathroom would be their primary bathroom downstairs. They also like to go barefoot. I really don't want to change the tile. We will be painting the room and using a primer for that room

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Also, for the basement, I think the main smell is in the carpet and we will re-carpet. I will also get the black light and hopefully, the pee didn't penetrate the pad since the dogs were small. I have the same questions above for cleaning the concrete. It is a very big space. Do I clean first and then use the Get Serious and then "rinse" the concrete floor? Sounds like the Get Serious could be expensive. I read about a vinegar solution but don't want the house to smell like vinegar. If I use baking soda on the concrete, will an industrial vacuum cleaner be able to get all the fine grains out? I don't want to use my good vacuum cleaner - a smaller, delicate Dyson. In general, the smell isn't that bad but I do notice it.

I have allergies to pets so any help would be appreciated. We have a few months before we completely move in but we'll be in the house every other day.

Thank you!

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