How to Remove Cat Urine, Stains from Hardwood Floors
When a cat pees outside of the litter box, it’s OK to be concerned.
Several issues can come to mind: Does my cat have a behavioral issue? Health problem? Even if it’s an accident, it can cause some serious damage to your carpet or hardwood floors.
Since litter box accidents can be somewhat common with CH kitties, it’s best to be prepared for all scenarios. So what should you do if your cat misses and pees on the hardwood? Here are some suggestions.
The moment you’ve noticed there was an accident, follow these steps. Clean up any excrement and then blot the entire area with paper towels. Wash the area with white vinegar, rinse with warm water, then blot dry.
If a smell remains, you can try a few things. You may want to give Nature’s Miracle (or a similar product) a try; however, the packaging notes that it may not be as effective once you’ve cleaned the area with another product. Another option is to apply baking soda to the area.
The baking soda soaks up the moisture, and will clump up with the urine residue. You may have to do this several times — one account I read said that the floor was so badly damaged by urine that they had to apply baking soda to the floor a dozen times(!!). In the end, the writer said they simply had the floor boards replaced, as that was the only solution for removing the smell.
Another option that I’ve read about on the CH Kitty Club’s Yahoo page is peroxide. The peroxide should bleach the area a bit, which may help with any stains. You can do this by soaking a small towel with peroxide, then leaving it on the stain for a while. If you try this, first test it in an out-of-the-way area to see how your floors will react color-wise.
Remember, just because you can’t see the damage doesn’t mean it isn’t there. If you’ve had a significant problem on the carpet, there may be an issue with the hardwood underneath. If you’ve tried cleaning your carpet, but the smell remains, you may have an issue with the flooring. Try pulling up the carpet to determine if there’s any damage.
If you have a significant flooring issue, you have several options.
Some folks have been able to simply sand the floor and have it refinished. This can be a messy project, but if you do it yourself, you can save a great deal of money. Others have had luck by sanding the area, then trying the baking soda and peroxide method before varnishing and sealing the wood.
If doing this yourself isn’t an option, call around to your local flooring stores to get estimates. Or, perhaps a handy neighbor can help you out.
Have you had hardwood trouble in the past? How did you get the smell and stain out? Any other tips and best practices? Please share in the comments!