How to Get Dog Urine Smell Out of Hardwood Floors

When your canine companion sprays their bodily fluids on hardwood floors, it can create a pungent odor that can be quite difficult to eliminate.  By the time that the puddle is found, it has often had several hours to sit and be absorbed.  For this reason, just wiping your puppy’s fluids up is often not enough to avoid the long-lasting stench of an unplanned accident.

Fortunately, there exist several options for removing such odors from hardwood flooring.  In this guide, several tips will be provided for neutralizing this smell, and adding freshness back within your flooring.

Dog Urine Smell Removal Solutions

1 White Vinegar

This is the most effective solution for wiping out urine odors within hardwood flooring.  It directly counteracts the ammonia smell within your dog’s urine and neutralizes the area in which it is applied.  Mix a solution of white vinegar and water in equal parts and  scrub down location.

2 Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is another viable solutions for cutting down on this odor.  The chemical compound cuts through the odor, and has a secondary effect of removing dark spots caused by urine.

3 Baking Soda

After soaking up the urine and cleaning the area, sprinkle heavy quantities of baking soda on top of the location.   Let baking soda sit for 24-48 hours to pull residual odors from the hardwood flooring.

4 Cat Litter

Shortly after cleaning, pour kitty litter on the area of the accident. Similar to the baking soda, let the kitty litter absorb remaining odors for 24-48 hours.  Upon completion, sweep up kitty litter leaving fresh floors behind.

5 Murphy’s Oil Soap

This product is made specifically for cleaning and deodorizing wood. Let Murphy’s Oil Soap sit on location for 5-10 minutes before you rub in and off of spot for best results.

6 Nature’s Cure

This products does wonders in eliminating urine smells and is often recommended by your local veterinarian.  Nature’s Cure introduces specialized enzymes that work by eating odor causing organics up on the spot.  Let solution sit for of 20-30 minute before scrub it off the spot of the accident.


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Joe Fresh

Joe is an odor combatant, chemistry extraordinaire and all around good guy. He has an over-productive olfactory system with absolutely zero tolerance for unpleasant aromas.

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  1. I have 8 puppies and the mama dog. We have wood floors and I clean the floor that’s in the too the pups are in religiously but the smell stays im worried there going to ruin my floors is there any way to prevent them from destroying it? There too young to take out side.

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