How can I best treat a hardwood floor damaged by dog urine?

by Lisa

Dog urine soaked through a rug and damaged my hardwood floor. Help!

  8 answers
  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Sep 07, 2018

    Oh my gosh I am so sorry that happened :( Here's a tutorial on how to (hopefully) take care of that!

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    • Lisa Lisa on Sep 07, 2018

      Thank you! Initially I sprayed peroxide, left it on for about 5-10 min and dried it off. But there was no change. Then I googled and found a remedy using peroxide, vinegar , baking soda and orange dish soap. I applied thatand left it on awhile: then dried it and applied their second step which was baking soda mixed with a few drops of essential oil. Not much improvement as you see in the picture. However, it said to let the first mixture dry but I was afraid of too much bleaching. Another site suggested using bleach 1: 1 with water very carefully. I didn’t try that . Either way my entire floor needs sanding and refinishing but I was hoping to get this area back to as best as possible and remove the scent. It had been hit more than once in the same spot by the dog but I hadn’t realized the soaking damage. Thanks for the reply!

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Sep 07, 2018

    If the sections are blackened, that section will have to be sanded down past the black portions - it can even necessitate having that section cut out, and redone.

  • Maria Romero Maria Romero on Sep 08, 2018

    Vinegar And bicarbonato de soda whit Dish And peróxido Ang whas

  • Maureen Moe Driver Maureen Moe Driver on Sep 08, 2018

    I had the same problem (blackened). I poured peroxide on the stain and just left it. It completely bleached out without any further treatment !

  • Joe12151661 Joe12151661 on Sep 08, 2018

    Sand lightly and buy the special wood bleach at a hardwared store. Very strong so make sure you use rubber gloves as the product is very harsh. Follow directions on the can. It will pull out the black but if the dog used this spot over a long period the only remedy is to take up and put new boards down. Jo

  • Kat Kat on Sep 08, 2018

    Tsp trisodium phosphate buy it at any big box hardware

  • Deb K Deb K on Sep 08, 2018

    Do not use a rotating brush or any attachment that may scratch the wood. Mix warm water and white vinegar in a cup at a ratio of 1:1. Dampen a soft towel with the solution, wring well and wipe the affected area to remove as much lingering odor as possible. Wipe the spot with clean water and dry very well with a towel.