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How to Get Dog or Cat Urine Smell Out of Hardwood Floors

When you share your home with pets, accidents can and do happen, whether you're training a puppy or dealing with an elderly pet suffering from bladder issues. Look to the experts at ServiceMaster Clean for tips on how to remove urine smell from hardwood floors. Urine is a difficult smell to remove once it has permeated into the room via the flooring or furniture upholstery. One of the best ways to fight urine odors is to clean the accident as soon as possible, reducing the time the urine has to seep into the flooring. After all liquid has been removed, it's time to treat the stain and remove any lingering odors.

How to Remove Dog Urine Smell From Hardwood Floors

There are many commercial cleaners marketed to remove pet urine odors from flooring. When considering how to get dog urine smell out of hardwood floors without using chemical-based cleaners, look to pantry products to create an effective homemade solution.

Warning: Before trying any type of cleaning or odor removal product on your hardwood flooring, be sure to test it on an inconspicuous place first (such as a corner or rug-covered area).

For a homemade odor removal solution, combine 1 cup water, 1/3 cup distilled white vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 mild dish soap. Place the solution ingredients in a clean spray bottle and shake vigorously to mix. Spray the solution onto the stain, rubbing it in lightly with a clean cloth and allow it to stand for about 15 minutes. Rinse the solution away with a damp cloth and allow to dry thoroughly.

This solution may also be used to remove cat urine odors and also can be used on carpets and furniture upholstery. Test in an inconspicuous area before using on carpet or upholstery.

How to Remove Cat Urine Smell From Hardwood Floors

Removing cat urine smell from hardwood floors can be challenging. For a home solution, try hydrogen peroxide applied directly to the affected area. Pour the hydrogen peroxide over the stain and then cover it with a clean cloth soaked in hydrogen peroxide. Cover the cloth with plastic wrap, weighting it with a book if necessary. Allow this to sit overnight or for at least 8 hours. The hydrogen peroxide should remove any stains and eliminate the urine odor. However, hydrogen peroxide can lighten the floors and the affected area may need to be sanded and refinished. Hydrogen peroxide also will work for dog urine stains and odor as well.

Determining options for getting cat and dog urine smells out of hardwood floors can seem daunting. If the project seems too overwhelming, it's time to call in for professional help. Cat urine or dog urine, it doesn't matter, the floor cleaning professionals at ServiceMaster have the expertise and right equipment to remove urine smell from hardwood floors.

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