How to Clean Pet Stains on Floors [New Step-By-Step Guide]

By Harold K. Hardesty Updated January 16, 2021

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How to Clean Pet Stains on Floors [New Step-By-Step Guide]

Have you ever experienced pet stains on floors? If you are a pet lover, you can perfectly picture the face the dog is making while sitting next to the mess. Pet pee is your floor’s archenemy. No matter how trained your pet may be, accidents happen.

And when it’s one of those instances, the stain can be mischievous. However, you need not worry. We have enlisted the most practical yet straightforward solutions.

Follow our comprehensive guide and enlighten yourselves on how to clean pet stains on floors.

How to Remove Pet Stains on Floors

When it comes to discovering one of your pets has met with an accident, the earlier, the better. If the urine has already evaporated, you may notice a bad smell and a stain on your wood floor.

But getting rid of a urine stain and its odor is not very time-consuming. I am giving you five tips for removing pet stains from wooden boards.

1. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) is an antiseptic, bleaching agent, and oxidizer that you can use as a home remedy(1).

But unlike standard liquid bleach that might damage your wooden floor, hydrogen peroxide is a mild chemical.  It appears to be perfectly suited to dissolve stains from any colored wooden surface, like hardwood floors.

However, being a weak bleach, you need to use it with caution. As health damage and if in contact with your eyes or skin, it can cause drying, irritation, and even burns.

How Can I Use Hydrogen Peroxide To Clean Pets Stains On Floors?

  • Buy a Hydrogen Peroxide solution from the market with a concentration of around 3%.
  • Mix equal proportions of warm water and the hydrogen peroxide solution.
  • Soak a clean, dry cloth/towel in the cleaning mixture and start scrubbing the urine stain.
  • After scrubbing, leave the area to dry and then check whether the stain is gone or not.
  • For tougher stains, you need to make sure that the hydrogen peroxide is in contact with the wood for enough time. Therefore I suggest you elongate the soaking time. However, if you notice damage to the wood, such as discoloration, don’t panic. You just need to sand your hard floors again and refinish them afterward. This may happen if you have hardwood floors for intance
  • Lastly, you clean the area using a dry paper towel.

Will Hydrogen Peroxide Damage Hard Floors?

No, the H2O2 we are working with is very diluted, and it cannot damage the wood floor in any case. You can use it safely on hardwood floors, tile floors, or laminate floors for instance.

2. Mixture of H2O2, Dish Soap, and Baking Soda

For more effectiveness, you can add ingredients to your H2O2. This way you will speed up the cleaning process.

How Can I Use Hydrogen Peroxide + Dish Soap + Baking Soda On Floors?

You can add dish soap (a squirt is enough) and a weak base in the form of baking soda (1 teaspoon). Then apply this mixture following the same steps mentioned in method 1.

For tougher stains, repeat the process again and again.

Will Hydrogen Peroxide With Baking Soda And Dish Soap Create Mess on Hard Floors?

You can use this mixture on all types of hard floors. Please note however that if your floors are hardwood floors, you should dry the area very quickly.

3. Baking Soda and White Vinegar

Both vinegar and baking soda are renowned as stain cleaners. White vinegar is acidic, while baking soda is alkaline(2). When you combine the two contrasting chemicals, you produce a more performing cleaning agent(3).

This mixture makes a powerful combination: baking soda is particularly efficient in eliminating spots or soaking up liquids while white vinegar has great effects on odors and stains.

How to Use Baking Soda and White Vinegar?

  • Sprinkle baking soda over the urine stain such that it covers the whole area. Baking soda will act immediately and will absorb both stain and liquids. Rub the baking soda with a sponge. But don’t scrub, otherwise, you may damage your floor.
  • Use a spray bottle to add pure vinegar. Spray vinegar to dampen all of the baking soda.
  • Use a brush to incorporate the liquid into the baking soda. Furthermore, you will notice that a paste is beginning to form.
  • Lastly, clean the area with the help of a damp towel. The quicker, the better because you do not want the moisture to soak into the floor. After you get rid of the paste, you can vacuum the surface to top up.

Can I Use Baking Soda and Vinegar Safely on Any Type of Hard Floors?

You can safely use this mixture on any type of hard floors such as laminate or hardwood floors. I suggest not to leave the mixture too long on your floors. You may see a white stain appear that will then be difficult to remove.

4. Enzymatic Cleaners

Healthcare facilities conventionally use enzymatic cleaners to decontaminate and clean medical equipment and devices. They contain natural enzymes that break down stains, soils, and any other debris when PH is neutral.

Enzymatic cleaners are especially efficient on pet stains, hence their popularity amongst pet owners.

How to Use Enzymatic Cleaners?

You can buy these cleaners online.  They are simple to use – just like any other standard cleaners. But I suggest that you follow the instructions stated on the packaging to get better results.

Can I Use Enzymatic Cleaners on All Types Of Hard Floors?

Yes you can, there is no risk of damaging your floors, especially if you have hardwood floors. Enzyme cleaners are natural products, hence safe to use.

5. Grapefruit Oil and White Vinegar

White vinegar is a natural acidic cleaner with deodorizing properties. It is quite impressive to remove any persistent smells like vomit or pet urine. On the other hand, grapefruit oil also has antimicrobial properties(4), which are very useful in killing the stain’s germs. Besides the oil possesses a pleasant, citrusy smell(5) that covers the sharp scent of white vinegar.

It is fairly easy to get rid of any staining present on the boards using the oil and the natural acid. This combo is particularly a favorite in removing stains and odors. Moreover, it will prevent any bacterial growth as grapefruit oil is an established antibacterial agent.

How to Use Grapefruit Oil and White Vinegar?

  • Take half a cup of water, half a cup of vinegar, and a few drops of oil. Mix the three to form a colloidal suspension.
  • Fill the mixture in a spray bottle and spray an adequate amount of the mixture onto the floor. Ensure that all of the stainings are covered by your spray. PS. You can also soak a cloth with it and directly move to step 3.
  • Use a cloth/towel to scour the wood floors for removing pet stains. Older blemishes will get your arms’ workout sorted as they require a lot of scrubbing.
  • Use regular cloth to remove the mixture from the floors. Moreover, after you wipe the floor, there must be no odor left in the urine.

Is this Mixture Safe To Use?

This mixture is as safe as the other. However, I suggest you not to leave it too long, especially if you have hardwood floors. Since there is water in it, it can damage your floors if left too long. Therefore, you need to remove the mixture very quickly.

Which set of products will work for me?

The thing is, a specific combo is best suited for a particular scenario. The H2O2 can comprehensively remove tougher stains that have been sitting on the flooring for a relatively long period of time. The bleaching property of H2O2 tackles the dried specks with an iron hand.

Moreover, if you want to remove odors, particularly, the grapefruit oil will be perfect. In comparison, the baking powder combo is best suited to cleanse light, wet smudges.

So, if I had to select only one combo, I would go with the peroxide mixture as it is truly an all-rounder.

Moving on, let’s have a look at how your dog’s urine interacts with the flooring at the molecular level.

Can pet urine damage hardwood floors?

Well, there is one compound present in every pet’s urine that is dangerous for wood. Ammonia can stain hardwood even if it is sealed. Being a highly soluble gas, ammonia can seep through the wood and causes in-depth discoloration.

If this is the case, you may have to sand and refinish your hardwood floors.

So it is always a good idea to exercise relevant measures which can prevent such accidents.

How Can I Reduce the Frequency of These Accidents?

  • If you have a cat, train your pet to pee in the litter only(or sand if the litter is not available)
  • If you have a dog, maintain a healthy and regular schedule by taking them out for a walk. Your pets will soon get used to utilizing this time for peeing.
  • It would be best if you kept the litter fresh. Your cat is very likely to wet the flooring if the litter is not cleaned regularly.
  • Despite taking all these precautions, it is recommended that you always keep a spray with one of the solutions above with you just in case.

Keeping the Floor Stainless

Pet stains are unavoidable. However, you can keep our family and pets safe(6) from the microbes, which may reside in the spots.

You can ensure to use natural products (all rights reserved) that cause no harm to the flooring. It is significant to clean pet stains on floors. Any discoloration and odors are a major detriment when it comes to the beauty of your house. Besides, no one wants to live surrounded by a foul smell.

In conclusion, I would urge you to use any of the three methods I have described as they are completely natural and safe. Say good-bye to nasty spots and stains.

Harold K. Hardesty

About the Author

Harold K. Hardesty

Harold is a Flooring Specialist at TheHouseWire, educating people on the flooring by writing guides about the topic. He is a well-seasoned flooring specialist with experience in the industry for nine years.

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