Getting Pet Odors Out of Hardwood Floors
- Vinegar and Water – This seems to be the most popular remedy out there. It is very simple, pour a cup of white vinegar into a bucket of warm water and mop the area thoroughly. Once it dries, the vinegar smell will go away and so will the odor. Now I’ve found a few variations to this one so I want to list them also. Some people believe that essential oils work well to remove the odor of pet urine and recommend adding a few drops of grapefruit oil to the vinegar solution. Other say to use apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar. More suggestions are to add a teaspoon of dish washing liquid or a teaspoon of baking powder; others say to add both.
- Baking Soda – Baking Soda is very good at removing odors, that is why we tend to keep a box in the refrigerator. There are a couple of ways to do this one also. One way says to sprinkle the baking soda over the area and let is sit for several hours or even overnight if the odor is very strong. After that you can mop the baking soda up. Here is where there are different ideas: you can use the vinegar solution from above, you can modify that by adding 1 cup of baking soda to the vinegar solution, or you can vacuum up the baking soda and then mop with water. Now others say the best way to use the baking soda is to use a paste made from one part baking powder and one part water. Spread the paste on the area and let dry; it will become a powder. Vacuum up the powder and the smell will be gone.
Vinegar is a natural disinfectant. It also works as a natural deodorant and is useful in eliminating the stink in your floors. For the cleaning solution, mix a cup of white vinegar into a bucket of warm water. Use this solution to mop the floors. You’ll notice an immediate decrease in the odor. Another similar solution is made by mixing a cup of white vinegar with a few drops of grapefruit oil in a bucket of warm water. This solution attacks not only the odor, replacing it with a soothing fragrance, but also eliminates stains. Be wary that a vinegar solution can weaken the sealer on your floors, so take care in not leaving the solution on too long.
2. Baking Soda Solution
Another effective kitchen solution is to use baking soda. Baking soda is very effective in pulling out stains and odors from the floors. Here’s what you need to do: sprinkle and leave baking soda on the floor for about two to three hours, after which you can mop the floors with the vinegar solution described above. You can also add one cup of baking soda to this vinegar solution. In the case of a strong odor, consider sprinkling baking soda on the floors and letting it sit over night.
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Hydrogen peroxide will not darken the unfinished wood… it actually lightens stained wood. Soak paper towels with peroxide and set over soiled area. You’ll be shocked to see the yellow urine absorbed… gross Source
White Vinegar. To rid your linoleum or hardwood floors of that “not so fresh feeling”, simply mix a 3:1 solution of warm water and white vinegar in your mop bucket and get to work. Remember to crack a window or two. Vinegar has a good clean smell, but it’s a strong one.
Recipe for dog urine remover. If you’ve got the time and the patience, you can easily make your own dog urine cleaner. This method is not only good for removing dog urine, but also for getting rid of dog urine stains. First blot up as much of the urine as possible. Then mix 3 parts water to one part vinegar and saturate the spot. Next, blot it all up again. After it’s dried sprinkle the area with baking soda. Next stir ¾ cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide up with one tsp. dish detergent and drizzle over the baking soda. To make sure the hydrogen peroxide won’t discolor your carpet, first try this concoction on a small inconspicuous area. Next, use your fingers or an old brush to work the baking soda in. I recommend a hairbrush with little bits of plastic over the tips. Once it’s dry, vacuum it up. If there’s still a slight odor or a little bit of the stain left when done repeat the process.
For the laundry. If Fido let loose on a rug, some clothing or even worse, your bedding, just throw a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar in the wash along with your regular laundry detergent.
For a quick treatment to use on carpets, rugs, and furniture, simply mix 2 cups of white vinegar, 2 cups of warm water, and about 4 tablespoons of baking soda together in a spray bottle. This spray will combat any scent your pets leave behind. Be sure to test the solution on the surface before using it to clean a new surface, and blot any stains or liquid up as much as possible before applying the cleaner. Let your vinegar solution sit for 5-10 minutes, then blot it up to remove pet odors and stains.
he smell of skunk can be one of the most difficult to get rid of. After the unfortunate event of being sprayed by one, removing the smell from yourself, pets, or other items can be extremely difficult. To remedy this odor and get things smelling normal, combine 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup of baking soda, and 1 tsp liquid laundry soap or dish washing detergent. Use this mixture immediately, as it will bubble and if stored in a container for very long, it could explode. If put in a spray bottle, you can spray this onto pets, furniture, rugs, or anything the skunk odor has attached to. Be sure to rinse the mixture thoroughly from anything you apply it to. This solution could also be used in small amounts in the washing machine to remove that skunk odor from clothing, rugs, blankets, or anything that can be thrown in the wash.