At first you might not be as worried about your pet urinating or defecating on a concrete surface as you would on a carpet or wood surface. But concrete floors without protective coatings are actually quite porous, so the pet's accident can have long-term effects, like odor or staining. With some attention there's much you can do to alleviate the problem. Prompt care will be one of your most important steps.
- Kitty litter
- White vinegar
- Coarse-bristled brush
- Fan or dehumidifier
- Baking soda
- 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
Remove any solid waste from the concrete surface as quickly as possible. Pour kitty litter onto any urine which may be on the concrete surface. Let the kitty litter absorb the liquid and then sweep up and dispose of it.
Mix a solution of vinegar and water in a bucket, at a proportion of two parts water to one part vinegar. Dip a brush into the solution and scrub vigorously at the affected area. Rinse with clear water and mop up any excess water with a rag. Place a fan or dehumidifier by the wet area to aid in drying it thoroughly.
Mix a solution of 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide with a few drops of dish soap. Add 2 tsp. of baking soda. Pour the solution onto the stained area and let it sit until it dries. There will be a powdery residue from the baking soda -- sweep it up when it's dry.
- "The Cleaning Bible: Kim and Aggie's Complete Guide to Modern Household Management"; Kim Woodburn; 2008
- Old Fashioned Living: Odors Around Our Homes: Tips for Freshening Up!
- Acme How To: How To Clean Pet Stains from Concrete
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