How do you get rid cat urine that has soaked into wood floors?


My aging cat peed repeatedly on my rug in my living room which went undetected for weeks. I've gotten the rug cleaned, but I am unsure of how to rid my hardwood floor of the stain and stench. Help, please!

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  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Oct 07, 2019

    For the smell, go to your local pet store. They have a variety of products for that. Once that is fixed, you most likely will have to sand and refinish that area.

  • LeeAnne F Perry LeeAnne F Perry on Oct 07, 2019

    Thank you for your advice! Have a great day!

  • Florence Hutson Florence Hutson on Oct 07, 2019

    LeeAnne, I have 2 small dogs that go for the same spot. After cleaning the carpet several times, there was one large area that kept coming to the carpet surface I pulled back the rug and pour distilled white vinegar on the wood (natural cleaner). Swept it to get in the grooves. Turned on the dehumidifier. and waited until the wood was dried. Poured baking soda over the wood. Left on the wood and put carpet back. If you see your cats go near, pick them up take to another place. Play with cat toy and give small treat. Eventually they will not go near. If they do good and stay away from that spot, always give treat. If they don't no treat no play. Hope this might help. Colleen G Hutson

    • LeeAnne F Perry LeeAnne F Perry on Oct 07, 2019

      Thank you, Florence. I've wondered about baking soda but using white vinegar sounds like a good idea.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Oct 07, 2019

    Yes, Nature’s Miracle. Live enzymes eat the urine. Will need to let them live long enough to do their job- as in keep the area saturated for 48 hours.

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    • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Oct 07, 2019

      Petsmart or PetCo. White plastic bottle, red lettering. It works on spilled scalloped potatoes casserole dish on the back seat, vomit, mattress stains & more.

      Since they are alive, they do not like being “second in line” if you’ve already tried some harsher chemical.

      If that’s the case, try having one person mist the area with a spray bottle (distilled water) and the other person using a wet/dry shop vac - essentially trying to neutralize the previous chemicals.