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What to do About Dog Urine on Your Hardwood Floors

A small part of owning a dog is coming to grips with the messes he makes. If you have hardwood floors at home, it’s quite likely that you’ll have to deal urine on it at some point. Because dog urine can quickly damage wooden floors, cleaning them immediately and properly can help a lot in preventing permanent stains.

The dog went potty on the hardwood floor! Act fast –

1. Start by blotting up as much urine as you can with paper towels. To avoid spreading the urine, wipe from the outside to the center. Once you have blotted up all the wet urine, try blotting the same spot using a damp paper towel.

2. Next, try sprinkling a generous amount of baking soda onto the spot. Do this step quickly, while the floor is still damp from the previous step. It is necessary to use the baking soda on a damp wooden floor so it soaks up more effectively.

3. Allow the baking soda you have spread over to sit on for several hours, or overnight. Then, vacuum it up. In order to avoid damaging the wooden floor, just make use of a soft brush attachment to your vacuum.

4. Now, you’ll have to soak the discolored area with an enzyme-based stain remover. Be sure to choose a stain remover that is safe for hardwood floors. It’s also a good idea to test the cleaner first in an inconspicuous area like inside a closet to make sure it doesn’t stain your floor.

5. Follow the product label’s directions, then blot up any excess.

6. The moment the dog urine is completely removed from your beautiful floors, immediately clean the wooden floor with a dog-safe floor cleaner.

Tips and Guidelines

1. Get to the mess your pooch has created very quickly. You wouldn’t want his urine to soak in and just dry out on the floor.
2. Aside from cleaning, you may need to try deodorizing the spot thoroughly. Make sure your dog can’t sense his urine in that same area or he might return to it again and again.
3. Because ammonia tends to smell like dog urine, avoid using it or any product that contains it to clean your pooch’s mess.
4. The use of vinegar and water solution is also not a good cleaning agent as it encourages re-marking among dogs.
5. Because liquids tend to seep down and outward, clean a few more inches around the stain to ensure that you have deodorized the spot thoroughly.

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Tawni Lee Collins

    Apr 20, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    I bought a house with wall to wall carpet. Recently tore up dining room carpet to find old pet urine stains, the hard wood looked beautiful… help i can not get the smell or stains out… need a low cost solution.

  2. Phyllis Stollings

    Aug 11, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Bar keepers friend worked for our hardwood floor areas. I was sick to my starch to find 2 areas underneath a shag rug that had stained my light wood black. I wiped the urine with vinegar and water first. Then made a thick paste of bar keepers friend and water. Rubbed it o. The areas and let dry overnight. It removed 90% the blackened areas. Thank the Lord and TY for sharing these post for others to try.

    • Beth

      Aug 14, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      Were your stains settled in or newer? I have a couple older stains that I need to work on, do you think this product will work for set in stains? Thanks!

  3. Kara Lind

    Jan 27, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Yes, wipe up quickly with paper towel, cleaning product called (,Out! Orange Oxy)found in pet product isle… is safe, spray on after all urine is cleaned up, then rewipe with a Damp paper towel, then dry well. Sprinkle Baking Soda so it seeps into crevices, let sit for a several hours, sweep up excess,then vaccum up. Works great!!

  4. Tammy

    Aug 7, 2016 at 10:32 am

    It appears that although I clean the urine up immediately or as soon as found, it is taking the varnish off of the floor. I wipe up the urine with a dry paper towel and then clean with a wet paper towel with top job on it. What can I do?

  5. Heather

    Jan 12, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    I have a client with hardwood (no wax) floors. Her puppies have (in my opinion) ruined the floors! They are very cloudy looking and are starting to smell. She uses a steamer between cleanings, I use a neutral floor cleaner. She has had me using different products lately and it seems to be making the cloudiness worse. Any suggestions on how we can get the shine back?

    • suzann flamm

      Sep 22, 2017 at 9:28 am

      my wooden floors are completely ruined. the floors are dark in color from my dog's urine. what can i do about them?

  6. Karina

    Dec 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I tried vinegar and it did no good. Wellll… it masked the urine odor, our floor smelled of vinegar, something that you wouldn’t want. I just recently tried sprinkling baking soda, it works absorbing moisture and odor as well.

  7. mattherw wilmer

    Nov 29, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I have also heard that vinegar was the thing to use for removing stains and odors now I am hearing that it is no good what is what.

    • Karen M

      Mar 15, 2019 at 4:56 pm

      Vinegar is bad for hardwood floors. Vinegar can eat away at finish, even when diluted with water. Every hardwood manufacturer will warn against vinegar. Use one of the more advanced dog urine hardwood floor cleaners. Wipe up urine asap, then spray it with that dog urine cleaner, and follow their directions. At no point should you leave liquid on the floor for any length of time. Liquid ruins hardwoods.

  8. Thomas Lembo

    Nov 9, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Great tip on avoiding vinegar. I’ve heard it can lead to re-marking, but many other websites recommend this technique. Your floors also then smell like a Greek salad.

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