If you have a cat, chances are you may have found a puddle of cat urine on your floor once or twice. Cat urine can stain wood floors and leave a pungent odor. Depending on your cat’s age and the type of flooring, there are a number of different preventative and cleaning solutions.
1. Wipe up the puddle
If the urine is fresh use an absorbent cloth and blot away any wetness. Use adequate pressure to soak up the moisture. If needed, use several cloths so you can get as much of the substance from the floor. You can also use absorbent paper towels but use enough to dry the areas as thoroughly as possible.
2. Use 3% hydrogen peroxide with water
Moisten a rag or paper towels thoroughly with the hydrogen peroxide mixture. Cover the stained area with the moistened paper towel or rag. Let the peroxide sit on the stain for a couple of hours or overnight depending on the severity of the stain. Ensure that the rags or paper towels don’t dry out. Check the area every so often and apply more peroxide regularly as you see fit. You can also cover the stain with plastic, creating a seal by taping down the edges. After several hours, remove any excess liquid with an absorbent material like baking soda or cat litter. First, remove the paper towels then cover the area. Look for products that will remove both moisture and odors like baking soda or cat litter. Once all the moisture and odor had been absorbed, scrape away the material or baking soda and let the area dry.
3. Add dish soap and baking soda to the mix
Use a stronger mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a squirt of dish soap and a sprinkle of baking soda.
For smaller stains, make sure to pour the peroxide only on the stain, checking it every ten minutes, and wiping up the excess as soon as the stain is gone.
4. White vinegar
Create a warm water dilution with 25-30% white vinegar as an alternative to store-bought cleaning products. Vinegar neutralizes ammonia that creates the odor from your cat’s urine. It is also better for the environment relative to stronger chemical compounds.
5. Reseal the wood
Old urine may have been absorbed into the wood. Thus, the damage and odor may be removed by sanding down and refinishing your floor. Sand the floor and apply touch up wood floor stain using a paint brush.