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How to get pet urine odors out of hardwood floors?

Updated on July 23, 2014

Pet Urine and My Hardwood Floors

Because animal urine can damage your hardwood floors quickly, it is vital to clean up the urine immediately. Well, it just so happens that animals have accidents and if your pet hasn’t had an accident yet, chances are they eventually will.

I recently moved into a new home with hardwood floors. My old home had a dog door, so the dogs could go in and out as they please. Our new house did not have a dog door. Needless to say, this was a huge adjustment for my two beautiful dogs, as well as our entire family. I had high hopes that my dogs would be able to hold their urine until we would get home from work and let them out. Within the first few days we realized that we were in for a treat and would have to retrain our dogs. They simply were not used to holding their urine that long and had several accidents on our hardwood floors. I would get home from work and immediately let the dogs up and clean up the mess that they left behind on my hardwood floors. After several days I noticed a terrible odor that didn’t seem to go away. It was as if the urine was imbedded in the wood. I called my local pet store and they had told me that they had a terrific product that would get the odor out in no time. So, I headed to the local pet store and picked up this terrific product. I tried the product with no results; I decided to search the internet. I found several posts where people said they had the answer. I ended up trying everything from vinegar, baking soda, orange scrub, and chemicals from several pet stores with no luck. I was starting to feel as if it was hopeless and we would have to replace our floors.

My Babies!

The Great and Successful Idea!

Just as I thought we were going have to spend additional money from our savings to replace the hardwood floors, my husband came up with a great idea. He told me that he had been thinking of a way to save our money and fix the floors and had come up with a concoction that might just work. He explained his idea to me. I have to be honest, I didn’t think his idea would work, but after all what did we have to loose at this point?

What Have You Tried?

What have you tried to eliminate per odors from your hardwood floors?

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The Mixture That Saved My Hardwood Floors

What you will need:

1 cup Hydrogen peroxide

1 cup Anti Bacterial Listerine (Must be Anti Bacterial)

½ cup of water

1 small box of baking soda

1 spray bottle (can be purchased in the hair product section of your local department store)

1 mop

1 broom

Instructions To Save Your Floors

1. Mix the Hydrogen Peroxide, Anti bacterial Listerine, and water together in a spray bottle.

2. Spray the mixture on the problem areas, be generous (I actually soaked the area)!

3. Let it sit for 30-45 minutes. If the urine smell is extremely strong you may want to let the area soak for an additional 30 minutes or so.

4. Use a mop or a rag to wipe the mixture off of the floor. Scrubbing isn’t necessary.

5. Pour the baking soda onto the area that you just soaked. Use a good amount of baking soda and make sure the entire area is covered. Be generous with the baking soda. The baking soda with help absorb the residual moister from the wood. Let the baking soda sit for 2-6 hours, depending on the size of the area and the amount of mixture originally used on the area. I often did this at night and would let the baking soda sit overnight.

6. Sweep up the baking soda and go over the area with a damp mop to pick up any left over baking soda.

You have now just eliminated that nasty urine odor from your hardwood floors! Congratulations!

Congratulations! You Have Saved Your Floors!

I know many of you will probably be very skeptical, I know I was, but it works. This was my last resort before replacing my floors and it worked. I thanked my husband for not only saving our floors, but for saving out pockets. Try it because at this point what do you have to loose?

© 2014 Victoria Baughman

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