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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.