Removing Urine Odor From Wood Flooring

I had a dog that did nothing but destroy the house. My rugs were always covered with urine. The dog has a home now and I know I need to rip up the carpets but what I need to know is how to get the odor out of the wood floor beneath the rug. I know it went through.


I want to get new carpets but need to be rid of the odors first. I heard of the vinegar and I have not tried it yet, but if I do does anyone know the mixture I must use? How much water and vinegar? I have also heard of lemon juice as well. Please help and thanks in advance.

Diane from NY

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By Sue (Guest Post)
April 2, 20081 found this helpful
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After you remove the carpet and the padding,the urine probably didn't seep through to the wood floor enough to cause it to smell after a good cleaning and drying. It is generally the pad under the carpet that holds the odor. I have used diluted bleach water, After a few moppings of that and allowed to air dry it was fine. I have had dogs in the house for 30 years, the carpet had to go. It is much easier to keep clean with wood, or tile floors. At times the dogs do soak the baseboard and a good cleaning with the diluted bleach water will help there too, It may take couple of times, but it does work.

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August 1, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you so much for this advice. Great insights!

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By Laura (Guest Post)
March 31, 20080 found this helpful

Had the same problem a few years ago. USE A Mask! But I was told 1 part bleach to four parts water. It will fizz them get the bleach off with hot water.


You may need to repeat but it will work if it's not too bad. If the wood has black water spots it's too bad and your going to have to replace the floor.

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April 2, 20081 found this helpful

I had this problem last year after I moved to the East Coast. My cat didn't handle the move well and messed everywhere except his litter box. I tried everything on my wood floors and area rugs that was recommended by a large number of wonderful members of Thriftyfun. Nothing worked completely until I read the hint about Listerine. I believe it was to fill a spray bottle half with Listerine and half with water. I sprayed it wherever he had 'visited' and it worked like a charm without harming my wood floors. After that, I confined him to the bathroom for a few weeks and when he was finally 'paroled', he was cured. Good luck to you. I would caution about using bleach near urine, though. Urine contains ammonia and the combination with bleach can be very dangerous.

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By landlord (Guest Post)
May 8, 20080 found this helpful

We had a rental that was so bad the smell burned your eyes when you walked in. We ripped up the carpet then sprayed the floor with an enzyme digester product from


This worked fantastic. Just to be safe, we then painted floor with Kilz. Smell has not returned!!

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By Wally ( aka ) Solarpuppy (Guest Post)
May 26, 20080 found this helpful

It's not a good idea to use ammonia to remove pet odors or stains . the problem is , that , to cats the ammonia smells allot like urine and this will continue to urinate in that spot, because, to them that's another toilet location.
This is info provided to me by our vet . ( I have 2 cats : a 30 lb female " COON " Cat and a 12 lb " female Blonde Taby ". )

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By Vicki (Guest Post)
September 17, 20080 found this helpful

Tried bleach, sanding, vinegar, and baking soda with not much help, I could still smell it. Finally, I used kilz premium, then painted, & carpeted. No more odor!

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March 10, 20162 found this helpful
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My daughter bought a black light flashlight on website Wish. We turned off all the lights in the house and you could see the pee everywhere glowing! It was disgusting but you can see where U need to clean. Sometimes we think we r srubbing it up and really just smearing it all over.


I would get that light to focus on cleaning those spots.Works well on walls and carpet as well. Clean until u cant see spots. Try Vinegar Tide and all the things everyone is saying. Then do the black light test again!

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September 21, 20160 found this helpful

This is the very best thing I've seen in my research! I have a cat pee problem on wood laminate for a rental property. Your post will help me know how/where to put my efforts!

Thank you for posting!

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March 1, 20180 found this helpful

Hi, I have an older male Chihuahua who pees all over. All of my floors are laminate and I'm finding it hard to actually get there pee soaked up, as apposed to stressing it around.
Do I need to mops and to mop bucket or do you have a method to properly clean without just smearing it all over?
Thank you, Levon

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December 15, 20180 found this helpful

how can you tell that it is urine and just not another spill ?

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December 15, 20180 found this helpful

How can you distinguish by the black light if it is urine or some kind of other stain ?


I have a tenant who brought a dogs into my house and I have all wood floors so I am concerned they will need to be refinished :(

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December 17, 20180 found this helpful

You could use a blacklight to see if the stain fluoresces in the dark. Only organic matter will show up like that so it is great for finding dried urine spots.

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January 30, 20170 found this helpful

I tried vinegar and it didn't work. Still looking for a solution.

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May 11, 20170 found this helpful

Try white vinegar water and sprinkle bicarb over it and scrub , leave to dry .

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