All three of my large dogs had accidents on our hardwood floors when they were puppies—it happens. If you are able to clean up a pet accident on your hardwood floors right after the act, it’s easy to simply wipe up the mess. However, there is usually a lingering smell. Many sites recommend spraying the area with a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water in a spray bottle to remove pet urine odors. This has never worked well for me.
I have used it on carpet, tile, hardwood, and my couch with great success. Urine Gone does leave a musty scent behind. While it is much better than urine, I usually mop up with a nice-smelling and pet-safe cleaner. Whatever product you choose, be sure to test a very small and hidden area of your wooden flooring before tackling all the stained areas. Though you may be anxious to tackle the stains, it’s best to be sure that the product is safe for your floor’s finish. Emily Ramphal is the owner of three German shepherds and an avid housekeeper.
In addition to helping various animal rescue organizations, she works with several dog training groups. She holds a BA in English and works for an Internet company in California. The top old house expos in the U. What things in your home will your grandkids make fun of? Please forward this error screen to 101. How to Clean Cat Urine.
Anyone who owns a cat has probably smelled the foul odor of cat urine at some point. The strong, pungent smell can radiate throughout a home and, if not cleaned up properly, can become even stronger over time and create unpleasant fumes similar to ammonia. In addition to the unwelcome odor, cat urine can also leave stains, especially on fabric and carpet. Because it can be difficult to remove, learning how to clean cat urine effectively and quickly is key to keeping your home and furniture fresh and urine-free. Locate the source of the odor. It’s easiest to clean fresh stains that are still damp, since you can lift much of the urine from the affected spot. However, you may also come across dried stains.
In these cases, the same procedures should be followed, even though the urine has had more time to break down and soak into the surface. The smell will usually lead you directly to the area where your cat has urinated, though you might have to feel around with your hands for a wet spot if it is on carpet or cloth-covered furniture, or a sticky spot if it has dried on tile, linoleum or hardwood floors. You can also try using a black fluorescent light. These lights will show stains on furniture, walls, or carpet as yellow spots. You can purchase a black light rather inexpensively from pet stores or online. Using paper towels, blot up as much of the urine as possible if the surface is fabric or carpet.
With these surfaces, there is a danger of the urine soaking into the fibers of the material. Use a gentle dabbing motion to blot up the urine. If you’re concerned about using a lot of paper towels for environmental reasons, use a cloth towel or rag or even old clothes that can be thrown away. You can also use a wet vacuum to «suck up» the urine if you have one on hand. This will lift more of the cat urine than blotting. Do not use a steam cleaner as at this point in the cleaning process the heat can cause the odor to last much longer and be more difficult to remove. Avoid rubbing in the stain.
Scrubbing away at the stain at this stage will only cause it to sink in deeper. If the stain is already dry, pour cold water on the stain, and blot. Stand on the wet spot if it is on a carpet. This will help to bring up the stain from the surface. Treat the soiled area with a stain remover. You can either use a commercial product or make your own stain-removing solution using common household products. See below for instructions for both cleaners. Look in particular for an enzymatic cleaner. Enzymatic cleaners are specifically designed for cleaning urine-soiled areas. These types of cleaners break down the enzymes in the cat urine and neutralize the odor. They can usually be purchased at any pet store. Well-known brands include Knock Out, Urine Off, and Anti-Icky Poo. Enzymatic cleaners break down the uric acid in cat urine into carbon dioxide and ammonia. These are both gasses that will then easily evaporate and thereby neutralize the odor.