Your pet might be the biggest threat to your hardwood floor. Pet claws are usually harder than the polyurethane coating your floor and harder than the wood itself. That means that claws will scratch and dent the floor over time. Pet stains are another problem. Urine is the most common pet problem that stains the wood.
If you have a very young pet or a very old pet, urine will likely be a problem. The ammonia in urine will eat away at the finish on the wood. It will soak into the wood as well. That will cause the wood to darken. Finally, that smell can seep into the wood and be very difficult to remove.
If you clean up pet stains right away, they likely won’t cause any further effects. However, that’s not always the case. If you don’t notice the stain or if it’s on a rug on top of the floor, it can do real damage to your hardwood floor.
What to Do
The best option is to clean it up immediately. If that doesn’t work, you can try white vinegar. White vinegar can disinfect and deodorize many different stains. Make a solution by mixing white vinegar with warm water. If you need something more powerful to lift the odor, the oil of a citrus fruit is often effective. Adding some grapefruit or lemon oil is effective. Also, soaking some citrus peels in the vinegar for a few days will extract that oil. Scrub the stain with this solution.
You could also try a paste of vinegar and baking soda. Mix the paste and spread it on the stain. Allow the stain to dry, and then wipe it up. If that doesn’t work, hydrogen peroxide might. Soak a rag or a towel in hydrogen peroxide and place it on the stain. Leave it on the stain for more than eight hours. Hydrogen peroxide can also stain a floor, so you might need to sand and refinish the floor after using that method.
Wood bleach is a product that lightens the color of wood. It won’t remove the pet stain odor, though. So, you’ll need to clean up the stain first. Then, you can use the bleach to lighten the wood. Be careful with this product because it can be irritating to skin and eyes.
Lastly, there are some products designed specifically for removing pet stains from hardwood that you can purchase. Contact the team at AG Floors if you still can’t get the stain out of your hardwood floors. Our team has likely seen situations like yours before and will be able to help!