No matter what furry friend you have living in your home, chances are, you consider that pet part of your family. They are wonderful companions, but at times, they take a toll on your home. This is especially true with your flooring. Some of the stains left behind on your hardwood flooring by your pets can be the most difficult to remove. Not only is the stain unsightly, but the odor can be more than homeowners bargained for. Mike’s Custom Flooring is here to share some tips to help you remove pet urine and odor from your hardwood flooring.
Act Fast to Get Pet Urine Out of Hardwood Flooring
The key to successfully removing pet urine and odor from any type of flooring, especially hardwood, is to act quickly. It will be much easier to remove fresh urine from your hardwood flooring than urine that has had time to soak into the wood and cause lasting damage. As soon as you notice pet urine or droppings on your hardwood, use a paper towel to remove the excess feces and use warm water and vinegar to remove the stain. If there is any lingering odor, baking soda can be a successful way to remove it. Sprinkle the baking soda on the area and allow it to sit and absorb the odor before sweeping it up.
Old Dog Urine & Diarrhea Poop Can Be Difficult to Remove
If you find old urine or droppings on your hardwood, it can extremely difficult to remove it. Depending on how long it has been there, the urine and feces may have soaked into the wood and you may find that you need to sand and refinish the area to completely remove the problem from your flooring.
How Pet Urine, Feces & Vomit Change the Look of Your Hardwood Flooring
When pet stains are left on your hardwood flooring, you will find that they actually change the way that your hardwood flooring appears. The areas that you find urine or feces on your hardwood flooring usually appears darker. Vomit stains can look lighter or darker depending on the acidity of the vomit. The higher the acidic level, the darker the stain.
Several Products Claim to Remove Pet Urine & Odor from Hardwood Floors
You will see that many products claim to get rid of pet urine and odor from your hardwood flooring. Before using any of these products, read the label and make sure you are using it appropriately before applying to your flooring. The best way to remove pet odor and stains is by using a 2-part bleach on your floor. Vinegar can be a helpful cleaning agent on hardwood flooring as well.
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If you have stains and odor caused by pets on your hardwood floors, Mike’s Custom Flooring offers hardwood flooring repairs and can help you possibly repair the damaged areas. We have the training and tools needed to repair your hardwood floors today. Give us a call!