How do you remove cat and raccoon urine smell from wood flooring?

Mary Haaksma
by Mary Haaksma
We just bought a bank owned house that has inhabited with raccoons and cats for 3 years or more. Does anyone know how to get the smell out?

  8 answers
  • Rosalia Rosalia on Nov 29, 2017

    They sell stuff at pet stores that may or may not help? We had a cat that continuously marked our house and this stuff really neutralized the stank, although it wasn’t left to sit for 3 years! It’s worth a shot though for a $10 bottle and especially if it means you don’t have to rip everything out. I think it was called Nature’s Miracle, but the most important part is whatever you buy to try needs to have enzymes in it for breaking it down.

  • Inetia Inetia on Nov 29, 2017

    You can also purchase a product called 'Nature's Miracle' at pet stores.

  • Jackie Gfeller Jackie Gfeller on Nov 29, 2017

    EnviroCon Biocide works wonders. about 25 bucks a gallon as I recall. put in a spray bottle and saturate the areas. Might take a bit. I spray it in vent work on furnace too. Norman OK phone on jug reads: 800-323-1398 or Hope it helps. Cleared up something dead in my vent work on the first spray... had to use a couple more times in the vent work, but it kep the smell at bay until it went away.

  • Sharon Sharon on Nov 29, 2017

    Any contractor I know would tear that floor out, you will be battling the smell forever.

    • Mary Haaksma Mary Haaksma on Nov 29, 2017

      That would be a waste. This is beautiful, historical wood, hand sanded and I think cypress, which we can no longer get. There has to be a solution.

  • Mad31953403 Mad31953403 on Nov 30, 2017

    i used vinegar then baking soda

    not together

  • Inetia Inetia on Nov 30, 2017

    There's a product sold at pet stores called 'Nature's Miracle' but it's a little pricey. I think I would use spread baking soda over the floor and apply peroxide to it and let it set for a while. My last resort would be baking soda and vinegar.

  • Sharon Sharon on Nov 30, 2017

    The only thing that will take the odor out is an enyzme cleaner but after 3 years of exposure, I really doubt it will work. There was a house across the street that had beautiful handcrafted marquetry wood.... they had to rip it out after 1 year of exposure.

    I had a visitor bring her cat over and it peed in a corner of the room once, and it took me a year to get the smell out while I treated it with every known brand of pet enzyme cleaner. I finally got the odor out when I discovered the tablets, but I had to pull up the carpet and literally pour buckets of the solution over the floor for days.

    If you want to try, I suggest you buy two things, Room Shocker, and Jackson Galaxy pet enzyme cleaner in the tablets. Since you mix it fresh with water it works much better than the brands you buy.... they are mostly water, why pay for water and they don't work as well. I left on floor for about 20 minutes and used my carpet cleaner to suck up the excess contaminated solution. Repeated until the odor was gone.

    Room Shocker. put one in each room....

    You can get multipacks from them directly.... you will still need to clean the floors. I have done this for some of my disabled clients, and have found the carpet cleaner to be the best tool, as it will suck up the excess soiled solution. You don't want to leave the solution on the floor too long to warp the floors, And I use big box fans to dry quickly.

    The only other solution i can think of its rip the floors out carefully and have the wood replaned by a woodworker, or rent a planer and do it yourself.

    Good luck.