No matter how well your dog is trained, dog accidents happen - perhaps your best friend is under the weather or you have a new puppy. As a pet parent, you need to forgive, move on and clean up the mess.
If the accident happens on a hardwood floor, you'll need to clean up the mess as well as the smell. Sometimes the human nose might not pick up the smell, but dogs will as they have much more sensitive noses. It's important to remove the smell for them so that they don't return to the same area and have another "accident".
There are a few ways to clean dog urine (and other mistakes) from hardwood floors.
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White Vinegar and Water:
White vinegar is a common natural household cleanser. It's acidic and dissolves mineral salt deposits, a basic component of dog urine. Because of it's strength, dilute the white vinegar by at least half. Use a sponge or mop to clean the area thoroughly.
Baking Soda and Water:
If the white vinegar and water solution does not work, you can increase the odor removing strength by adding baking soda to the white vinegar and water solution. Pour baking soda onto the area first, then add the diluted vinegar-and-water mixture. Note that it will likely make a fizzing sound. Baking soda has odor-absorbency properties and can help with particularly tough odors.
Alternatively, stir baking soda into water until it forms a paste, and scrub the paste into the affected area. Let it sit for several hours, and rinse it with fresh water.
Lemon and Salt:
Pour some lemon juice into a bowl and add a handful of salt. Use the salt and lemon juice solution to scrub into the urine-affected spot.
Remember to always test an inconspicuous spot on your hardwood floor first to ensure the cleaning solution you use will not damage your hardwood floors! Hardwood floors have many different types of finishes and may react differently depending on the solution.
Be patient - to completely remove dog urine odor, the process may need to be repeated several times over a few days or even weeks.
Never use Windex or ammonia to clean a urine spot. Dog urine partially made of ammonia and thus if you clean with it, your dog will think it is ok to go back and mark the spot.
No matter how frustrating in terms of time, always let wood dry thoroughly before repeating applications of a cleaner.
As with all household chemical projects, you should wear rubber gloves.
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