Pets and children don't always have the best bladder control. This pee problem can wreak havoc on your hardwood floors, especially if left unattended. Fortunately, cleaning urine stains from wood flooring is not as challenging of a task as it once was, thanks to effective enzymatic cleaners.
Things You'll Need
- Baking soda
- Rag or paper towels
- Enzymatic wood cleaner
Locate the urine stain. If still wet, use a paper towel or rag to blot the stain and absorb any excess liquid.
Combine one cup of white vinegar with three cups of water, and pour over the affected area.
Mop the affected area.
Spray the store-bought enzymatic cleaner on the stain. This will help remove odor by neutralizing the urine. Allow the cleaner to sit for as long as the directions dictate.
Pour a generous portion of baking soda on the stain. This will help absorb any excess liquid and further neutralize any odors. Allow the baking soda to sit for an hour or more.
Mop the affected area to clear it of the baking soda.
Tips & Warnings
- If the stain is damaging the wood, consider sanding and refinishing the floor to completely remove any traces of urine.
- Be sure to use a wood-specific enzymatic cleaner. Other cleaners may damage your hardwood floors.
- Always use gloves when handling cleaning chemicals.
- Field Guide To Stains: How To Identify And Remove Virtually Every Stain Known To Man; Virginia Friedman, Melissa Wagner, Nancy Armstrong; September 2002
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