How to Get Pet Stains Out of Wood Floors


Wood floors add beauty to any room of the home. If you have a pet in the home, you will likely have to address urine, vomit or feces on your wood floors at some point. It is important to clean pet stains from wood floors promptly to avoid any damage to the floor. With the proper products and methods, you can effectively remove pet stains from wood floors without compromising the floor itself.

Things You'll Need

  • Rags
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Baking soda
  • Plastic spoon
  • Absorbent powder (cornstarch, kitty litter or baking soda)
  • Broom

Removing Urine from Wood Floors

  • Soak up as much urine from the wood floor as possible. Use a rag to blot the liquid from the floor.

  • Pour equal parts white vinegar and warm water into a bowl. The vinegar works to disinfect and clean the urine stain, as well as neutralizing the odor.

  • Dip a clean rag into the vinegar solution. Wring out the rag well. Wipe down the affected area of the wood floor.

  • Sprinkle baking soda over the affected area. Let the baking soda sit on the floor for about 30 minutes.

  • Wipe up the baking soda with a rag dipped in the vinegar solution. Make sure to wring out the rag well before wiping the floor.

Removing Vomit from Wood Floors

  • Remove the larger, solid chunks of vomit from the floor. Use a plastic spoon to scoop the vomit from the floor.

  • Sprinkle cornstarch, kitty litter or baking soda over the vomit stain. Any of these three products will work to absorb the vomit.

  • Allow the absorbent product to sit on the vomit for at least five minutes. Place a thick rag on top of the vomit and press down to absorb the liquid. Sweep up the cornstarch, kitty litter or baking soda from the floor with a broom.

  • Mix equal parts white vinegar and warm water into a bowl. Dip a rag into the mixture and wring it out well. Wipe down the affected area of the wood floor.

Tips & Warnings

  • To remove feces from wood floors, pick up hard deposits with paper towels. Wipe down the floor with a rag dampened with white vinegar. If the feces is more of a liquid, treat it with the same method described above for removing vomit.

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