No matter how cute and adorable your pets are, they can get dirty, cause spills, and yes, have “accidents”. Animal urine is one of the most common causes of stains and foul odors on wood floors. Here are some preventive measures how to remove urine from hardwood floors and pungent odor from animal urine.
Cleaning Hardwood Floors
Immediately wipe the puddle or the wet spot. Use an absorbent cloth to blot the wetness away from the wood floor. Soak up the wetness and moisture with enough pressure and if necessary use as many cloths or rags to wick up the liquid from the floor effectively.
Use a chemical cleaner to effectively remove stains and bad odors away from the urinated floor. Choose the best chemical that fits the type of floor and the severity of the damage. Consult a professional if necessary. Urine cleaners are available in the market as well. Some of them prevent animals from peeing again in the same spot.
Hydrogen peroxide (3%) mixed with water is often the cheapest and most effective solution for animal urine cleaning. Simply moisten the rag or soft absorbent cloth-like felt and apply it to the spot. Allow the rag to sit \for a few hours to thoroughly remove the urine stain and odor from the hardwood floors. Then wipe up the hydrogen peroxide area with a clean dry cloth and allow to dry
Remove Urine From Hardwood Floors With Baking Soda
Baking soda is also an effective solution for this pet problem. They can easily absorb liquid from any surface and they can also use in pet litters to dry out urine and pet stools. It can also remove the pungent odor away.
Once all the stains and odors are removed, scrape away the materials like baking soda using fine-grade steel wool gently over the floor. Keep the area dry.
Use a stronger mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a squirt of dish soap and a sprinkle of baking soda. Then wipe the urine and dry it with a soft cloth.
White vinegar is an alternative solution for removing stains and odor caused by animal urine. Chemically, vinegar neutralizes ammonia from animal urine. It is also natural and will never harm the environment.
Sanding the floor and applying touch-up hardwood floor stain using a paintbrush can fix small damage caused by urine. You can also consult a professional about the kind of sandpaper to be used to avoid greater damage.
Another layer of coat sealer can also be considered to prevent further damage. These are available in department stores or hardware shops. Pet shops sell odor remover that also can remove bacteria from urine.
Be sure all the odor is gone so the smell doesn’t draw your pet to the same spot. A simple scrubbing with water and soap is one convenient way to clean up urine away from your floor.
Prevent the Hardwood Floor Stains – Train your Pets to Use Litter Box
The best way to avoid pets such as cats and dogs from peeing inside your home is simply to train them to use the litter box. While it takes time and patience to teach your pets to go potty indoors, it can be done. And the rewards of successful training can be great.
Keep rags handy until pets learn to use their litter box. Make sure to clean their urine as quickly as you can to remove traces of their scents.
Feed and water your dog at regular intervals throughout the day. Then take them to the litter box and help them step inside. Puppies most likely eliminate 5 to 30 minutes after eating or drinking.
Adult dogs usually show signs like whining or walking toward the door. Praise pets when they successfully use their litter boxes. If you catch her eliminating someplace else, gently scold her and take her to the box. Keep praising pets as they continuously use their litter box as you gradually decrease their treats.
A good litter box for your pet is a simple but large plastic tub. There are many models on the market with different features, including modesty-serving covers, self-cleaning functions, and layered boxes that have a grate or grass on top and allow waste to collect in a lower pan.
Dog litter itself is like the kitty variety and there are many kinds, from paper pellets with activated charcoal odor control to simple clay litters.
The box should be large enough for your pets for them to move around comfortably. The sides of the box should be low enough for them to climb in and should be high enough for male dogs to pee.
The litter box should be visible to you and your pets. Pets need to have convenient access to their litter boxes while you need to be constantly reminded to check them for cleaning. Make sure to have a separate litter box for your cat and dog. These pets are known to be territorial animals.