Asked on Nov 12, 2014

Can kitty litter stain a wood floor?

I cleaned a client's house today and it had kitty litter on the floor and the dust from the litter seemed to stain the floor. I had to rub the stain several times before I could take it all out. Can it stain a wood floor? Thanks for the help.
  10 answers
  • Jill Feigelman Jill Feigelman on Nov 13, 2014
    There is no reason it should stain the floor. You just need to really sweep and mop. If there is a stain on your floor, I would guess that it is not from the kitty litter.
  • Lois Martin Lois Martin on Nov 13, 2014
    Kitty littler is normally made from bentonite clay which is really fine, like baby powder, It could be it just got into the woodgrain, not really a stain, but hard to remove because in addition to being fine, it absorbs moisture, then expands. I still have spots on my redwood deck from some that got spilled last winter and then got wet.
  • Amateur scaper Amateur scaper on Jan 08, 2020

    I had this same issue at a client's house the other day also. It is clearly a letter stain because it was by the litter box there's litter scattered on the floor and the litter stain is on the shape of a paw print. I swept the floor went back over with a microfiber dust mop and vacuumed before mopping. I was wishing I had a steamer for the floor instead of a spray mop. It was gone as long as the floor was wet and then when the floor dried the spot reappeared. I too do not know what to do to get rid of the spot. I looked it up under a flooring company and they say because litter is an absorbent it will make a stain the solution to it is to use hydrogen peroxide on it with a rag and leave it sit for a few hours. If there looks like urine stains on the hardwood it is recommended either some vinegar or some baking soda

  • Lisa Jean Vandeweghe Lisa Jean Vandeweghe on Feb 10, 2020

    Litter CAN miscolor wood floors. Some dawn soap%water and a scrub. Hydrogen OR vinegar diluted with water and wiped.

    I understand you can't be there ever day cause it's a client's house...if they are unable to clean up after their cats then try one of these in turns to see if it helps.

  • Julianna Baumgartner Julianna Baumgartner on Mar 20, 2021

    I literally tried to do so many of these solutions that I could find all over the internet and none of them worked for me at least. My cat used to be the type that would kick her litter out of the box and then pee on it and that's why it was on my floor in the first place.

    I ended up just buying a thin hard bristled scrub brush and Pledge Gentle Wood Floor Cleaner from Walmart and I got down and scrubbed it out of the grains of my wood floor. It got it all out though! This may mess with the longevity of the floor but honestly I am in an apartment and I just need the stain to be gone. I guess if you need to you can get wood refinishing polish but I don't even think the apartments here got finished in the first place. Lmao. I hope this can help someone!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Dec 21, 2021

    There are so many fancy kitty litters on the market now it is hard to say what litter you have. So, it may or may not be possible to determine if it does, call the manufacturer to get the best advice.

  • Amanda Amanda on Mar 20, 2022

    I used a baking soda paste, rubbed it into the stain, poured white vinegar on it so that it bubbled and then used my little green clean machine wand to clean it all up. I think you have to get all the wet off of it right away and also be careful not to spread it back into the places you’ve already done. Short of the steel brush option mentioned here which I’ll probably resort to when I move out, this was the easiest solution I have tried so far. I also tried coffee and tea staining solutions because ideally if you can get the litter to absorb a similar color, it won’t show, but that really didn’t work that well.

  • Tuhin Tuhin on Jul 28, 2022

    Can kitty litter stain a wood floor?

    If you have a cat, you're probably familiar with the smell of kitty litter. But did you know that kitty litter can actually stain your wood floors?

    That's right - if you're not careful, kitty litter can leave behind unsightly stains on your wood floors. So what can you do to prevent this from happening?

    Related Article: How to Clean Cat Litter from Dust Floor Under 10 Minutes

    First, it's important to sweep up any loose kitty litter that your cat may have tracked onto the floor. This will help to prevent the litter from getting ground into the wood and causing a stain.

    Next, you'll want to make sure that you're using a litter box liner. This will help to catch any litter that your cat kicks out of the box, and it will also make it easier to clean up any messes.

    Lastly, you may want to consider using a covered litter box. This will help to contain the litter, and it will also reduce the amount of dust that gets kicked up when your cat uses the litter box.

    By following these simple tips, you can help to prevent kitty litter stains on your wood floors.😊

  • Amir Hyman Amir Hyman on Jan 03, 2023

    Yes, kitty litter can potentially stain a wood floor if it is not cleaned up properly. If the kitty litter becomes wet or moist, it can absorb liquids and potentially leave a stain on the wood floor. Additionally, if the kitty litter is made from clay, it can contain dyes that can leave a stain on the wood. To prevent staining, it is important to promptly clean up any spills or messes made by the kitty litter and to use a litter that does not contain dyes or other potentially staining substances. If you do notice a stain on your wood floor, you can try using a wood floor cleaner or mild soap and water to gently scrub the stain. Be sure to dry the area thoroughly afterward to prevent further damage. If the stain persists, you may need to use a wood floor refinisher to restore the floor's finish.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 03, 2023

    Yes it can.

    Mix one cup of vinegar into a warm water-filled bucket and the add some drops of grapefruit oil to the solution to get rid of the odor. Scrub the floor with this safe cleaning solution, concentrating on the most prominent spots. As you scrub, the odor and stains should disappear.