How to Clean Dog Pee Off of Hardwood Floors

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Remove dog urine from hardwood floors with items in your home.
Remove dog urine from hardwood floors with items in your home. (Image: David De Lossy/Photodisc/Getty Images)

When you own a dog, you will inevitably have to clean accidents off the floor. You need to remove urine from hardwood floors immediately because the standing liquid can warp the wood, soak deep down into the crevices and leave behind odors. Cleaning the dog pee properly will protect your floors from the urine and help keep them in good condition.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • Container
  • Sponge
  • Washcloth
  • Towel

Wear gloves to protect your hands. Soak up excess dog pee with paper towels. Blot the paper towels onto the urine to soak up the excess liquid.

Sprinkle baking soda over the urine area. Allow the baking soda to sit on the floor overnight to neutralize the urine odor.

Vacuum the baking soda off the hardwood floor. Turn the brush off on the vacuum or raise the brush level to prevent scratching the floor.

Combine 1 cup of warm water with 1 cup of vinegar in a container. Soak a sponge in the solution and wipe the area to remove any lingering dog urine.

Rinse the floor with clean water and a washcloth. Dry the wood floor with a towel. Standing water can ruin the hardwood floor.

Tips & Warnings

  • Contact a professional if the floors appeared discolored. You may have to replace the varnish.
  • Avoid using hard abrasives and cleaners on the hardwood floors because you can scratch them.

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