Hardwood floors require maintenance and care. This task becomes difficult if you have pets at home. Pet urine stains and odours cause damage to the flooring and repeated soiling in the same spot turns the area black due to the heavy build-up of dried uric salt crystals.
To get rid of unpleasant odour and ugly stains, there are many chemical-based products available in the market. But, use of harsh cleaning materials can damage your hardwood’s finish.
If you are struggling to find out the right method for cleaning your pet’s pee, then continue reading.
3 Tips to Quick Cleaning
1) Baking Soda Solution
Baking soda can do a lot more than just remove nasty fridge odours. Mix baking soda with water and sprinkle the solution on the pee stains. Leave the solution for about 2-3 hours and then clean it up with a mop. In the case of a very strong odour, let the solution sit overnight for better results.
2) Vinegar Solution
Unleash the power of vinegar to remove foul pet odours from your hardwood floors. Vinegar is a natural deodorizer that can eliminate nearly any unpleasant smells. Mix one cup of white vinegar with a bucket of lukewarm water and use the solution to clean the floor. You can also mix a few drops of grapefruit oil with the solution to get a refreshing fragrance. Make sure that you don’t leave the solution for too long, or else it can damage your floor’s sealing.
3) Hydrogen Peroxide Solution (H2O2)
There are two ways to use a hydrogen peroxide cleaning solution on urine stains. One way is to soak a cleaning rag in hydrogen peroxide, mop the stains with it and let the floor dry out. Another way is to leave the hydrogen peroxide-soaked rag on the stained area and leave it to dry. Just don’t keep the moist rag on an area for too long as it might bleach the top layer of the hardwood.
Things to Remember
- Before using the tips stated above, remember to soak up all the urine out of the wood using a paper towel or microfiber cloth.
- Don’t forget to wear gloves when cleaning up pet urine.
- If you have a dog, cleaning the area properly is essential to stop your dog from recognizing the odour and peeing in the same area again.
- Always keep vinegar and baking soda in stock for quick clean up.
- If the above-mentioned remedies don’t work on the first go, try repeating the process.
Toilet-train your pet to avoid such troublesome ‘surprises’. Clean and deodorize your hardwood floors with vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide solution. Don’t forget to take every precautionary measure when cleaning.