The furry friends in our lives are longtime loves and companions. No matter how much you love and care for them, sometimes they piddle where they shouldn't. Dog pee on the wood floor is not only a mess, it can cause damage and long-term odor issues. Old dog urine smell can be treated a number of ways with organic or chemical-based products.
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Dog Pee on Hardwood Floors
Dog urine on hardwood floors can seem as if it is set to stay — not necessarily. With the right tools and products, you can eradicate the odor that emanates from Rover's favorite spot to let go.
The sooner that the puddle is discovered and wiped up, the less issue you will have with potential stains and odors. Don't just use a clean towel. Once the fresh pee is wiped up, scrub at the spot with a solution of 1 part vinegar and 1 part water. Once you've sprayed the area with that solution, wipe it up and sprinkle baking soda over the spot. This will soak up any liquid residuals while deodorizing the boards at the same time. Let it sit for an hour or overnight. Wipe up the baking soda with a light spray of water and a clean cloth.
How to Remove Old Dog Pee Smells
For old dog pee stains or smells, a stronger solution may be needed. Combine a cup of water with 1/3 cup of distilled white vinegar, a 1/4 cup of baking soda and a drop of dish soap. Mix this solution well and spray it on the affected area. Let it sit for a good 15 minutes and wipe it up with a clean cloth. Put down a layer of baking soda and let it sit overnight. This process may need to be repeated a few times to rid the space of the lingering odor completely.
There are many commercial cleaners, both organic and chemical-based, that can be purchased at pet stores and home improvement stores. Always test a small area before applying any chemicals or abrasive organic cleaners.
Steps for Pee Prevention
Once you do all the hard work of scrubbing and deodorizing those hardwood floors, you need to keep your resident dogs or visiting furry friends from sniffing out the tiniest whiff of previous urine odors. There are a few steps you can take to keep them from remarking old spots. If you have new furry friends entering the home, either as a forever friend or just a visitor, lay down pee pads where old pee stains have been. Introduce the pet to the space you want them to pee. Off treats at the preferred pee spot. Take them out often and have them caged at night if that is conducive to their personality.
Kimberley McGee is an award-winning journalist with 20+ years of experience writing for a variety of clients, including The New York Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal Home section and other national publications. As a professional writer she has researched, interviewed sources and written about home improvement, interior design and related business trends. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her full bio and clips can be viewed at www.vegaswriter.com.