As much as we love our pets they can wreak havoc on our hardwood floors. When your dog or cat pees on the hardwood floor it can cause a number of problems on your hardwood. Pet urine can lead to wood rotting, mold growth, stain, odors, cracks and warping. Urine is highly acidic and if not properly protected against and cleaned up, you can lose your hard wood flooring. Mike’s Custom Flooring would like to share how you can better protect your hardwood floors from your pet’s accidents and even restore damage floors.
Get Urine Out of Hardwood Floors Right Away
Sometime our pets simply cannot help themselves and accidents will occur. Not only do you want to make sure your hardwood floors are protected, but you will also want to make sure to clean up the mess as quickly as possible. The longer pee or poop sits on the wood floor, the harder it will be to remove the urine that may have penetrated the wood grain. With that in mind, here are a few ways you can protect your hardwood floor and provide enough time to clean up the mess before it is too late.
Can You Put a Protective Wax Coating on Hardwood Floors?
Depending on the type of hardwood floor you have, you will want to apply some kind of sealer. Wax can help protect the floor from urine, feces, scratches, spills and more. Wax provides a protective layer which acts as a barrier against substances that can damage the floors. Depending on the quality of wax you use, some waxes may cause the floor to look terrible. It is recommended to use a good quality wax not just to make sure the floors are protected but also to look their best.
Wood Stain Hardwood Floor Protection?
A wood stain is a pigmented fluid that is absorbed into the wood. If the wood has absorbed the stain to its capacity, then no other fluid can be absorbed into the wood. With the right application of stain, the stain can act as a barrier from other moisture or fluid such as urine. The stain can also help enrich the wood color and appearance. However, stain will not last forever. There will come a time the wood floor will need to be sanded and refinished to ensure they are properly protected. Some stains are both a stain and sealer. Like using wax, to ensure you hardwood floors are properly protected, you will want to invest in a good quality stain. Avoid using cheaper stains as they will not safeguard your wood from urine and other spills.
Restore & Revive Hardwood Floors
If your hardwood floors have been peed on so much they have stains and smell, you still may be able to recover your floor. However, if the hardwood has begun to warp, develop mold and rot, you will need to remove the floor and replace it. To save your hardwood floor if possible, you will need to have the hardwood refinished. Refinishing often involves sanding down the wood surfaces. You can remove the affected surface of the wood floors. You may need to deep clean the wood floor before they can be stained or waxed. Once the surface is resealed or waxed it will be like having new floors once again. It is important to maintain your hardwood floor’s protective coating and always clean up after your pet to ensure your hardwood floor’s longevity.