How to Get Dog Urine Out of Hardwood Floors

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Dog urine can damage your hardwood floors if not properly cleaned.
Dog urine can damage your hardwood floors if not properly cleaned. (Image: Pattern of wood - can be used as background image by Elnur from Fotolia.com)

Dog owners often choose hardwood floors when purchasing or remodeling a home, as they are simpler to clean and maintain than carpeted floors. However, many pet owners never anticipate their beloved pet will have an accident in the house. Dog urine is acidic and can seep into the hardwood, resulting in staining and lingering odor. It is possible to remove urine from hardwood floors to keep them glossy and odor-free.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Enzymatic floor wash
  • Bucket
  • Mop
  • Vinegar
  • Rags
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Telephone book

Soap up as much of the urine as possible with paper towels. Place a layer of towels over the spot and press down firmly with your foot to draw the urine out of the wood before it dries. It may be necessary to repeat this step if the spot was particularly large.

Add 2 oz. of enzymatic floor wash into your bucket, filling with hot water. Mop the urine spot with the mixture and allow to air-dry. Enzymatic floor cleaner is designed for pet stains and will help break down the proteins in the urine to eliminate staining and odor.

Pour enough vinegar on the floor to cover the spot and allow to sit for five minutes before blotting up with paper towels. The vinegar will work its way down into the wood and pull out residual urine. The vinegar may produce a strong smell, but this will dissipate once it dries. Leave the spot to dry for 24 hours. The floor may appear stained after the initial cleaning, but should return to a normal color once the liquid has evaporated.

Dampen a rag with hydrogen peroxide and place over the spot if the urine stained the wood. Lay the peroxide-soaked rag over the stain and weight it down with a heavy telephone book. The peroxide will gently lighten the stain without damaging the wood. Leave the rag on the spot overnight for best results.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apply peroxide to the stain more than once if the stain is extremely dark.
  • Don't use bleach on your hardwood floors. Bleach might remove the urine, but will damage your floors in the process.

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