How to Get Dog Pee Out of Wood Floors
Last updated Nov 14, 2021
Posted in Flooring
Having a dog indoors is a good choice, especially when you want company. Not only do they make amazing
cuddle buddies but they are also effective for therapy. Did you know that having dogs indoors is one of
the best ways to combat anxiety and depression? Dogs can help reduce signs of stress and induce
relaxation in people. These creatures are empathic, meaning they can understand and share their owner’s
feelings. If they sense that you are happy, they will be happy with you. But if they sense that you are
down or under the weather, your dog will do everything to make you happy. Aren’t they great? No wonder
more and more people are looking for indoor dogs.
What You Need to Prepare
If you’re also looking for one, you may need to prepare your house before your fur baby comes. You need
to prepare for their food, shelter, and exercise needs. Plus, you need to prepare how you will clean
your home when they shed or when they poop and pee. Let’s take a look at these needs so you can
Depending on the dog you’re getting, you need to prepare the amount of food and the nutritional content
of the food. According to a source here some dogs require
more food than others, depending on their size and their age. If you’re planning to get a small dog
that grows below 10 feet, they may need to eat one to two cups of dog food every meal. If you plan to
get a medium-sized dog that can grow from 11 to 18 inches, they could eat from three to five cups of
dog food per meal. Lastly, if you plan to get a large dog that can grow more than 20 inches tall, it
may need more than 5 cups of dog food.
Of course, apart from the nutrients they can get from dog food, you need to give them supplements to
make sure they get enough nutrients based on their size and age. You can contact a local vet to
understand what your dog needs.
Another thing you need to prepare is their shelter. Even if they live inside your house, it does not
mean that they are instantly comfortable. Some dogs are very sensitive to cold weather while others are
very sensitive to warm weather. You need to make sure that you can provide comfort for your dog to keep
them satisfied during extreme weather. This does not necessarily mean you need an AC for your house.
You could use insulators or other means to make the temperature ideal for your dog.
When you’re planning to get a dog, you should know that you need to dedicate time and effort to their
exercise. All dogs need enough exercise to keep them satisfied and energized. Without it, they could
get bored and may end up doing destructive behavior at home. So, it’s best to help them get the
exercise they need to maintain physical and mental stimulation. This depends on their size, prey drive,
and energy levels.
Training and socialization
The next thing you need to prepare when you’re getting a dog is the training and socialization they
need. Both of which are necessary so you can unleash the best potentials of your dog. Training is
important to maintain a good and harmonious living relationship with your pooch. Socialization, on the
other hand, is crucial so your dog can get along with other people and animals. This will help suppress
aggression and hostility towards others.
Dogs shed their coat once or twice a while annually, especially double-coated ones. This is their way
of changing their coats. You may have seen this among Huskies or German Shepherds where their coat
sheds and regrows over time. This is a normal occurrence that also happens when they have allergies.
So, you need to prepare how you’re going to manage their shedding in the household. Otherwise,
everything’s going to be messy and rather difficult to clean.
Before getting a dog, don’t hesitate to look up their shedding tendencies online. This way, you can
understand when and how often they shed. For dogs that shed annually, you may want to prepare
de-shedding tools. You may also prepare some appliances that can help you clean your home when it
Lastly, you need to prepare how you’re going to clean their excrements, including their poop and pee
from your floors. Cleaning excrements from tiles, cement, and wood require different methods and you
need to learn the best ways to do it so you can eliminate the odor completely and keep it from masking
your home’s atmosphere.
Removing Excrements from Tiles
Puppies pee where they have already peed. Where they can smell the scent, that’s where they will pee
the next time. While it’s easy to dry off pee from tiles, it may be difficult to eliminate pee odor.
So, here are some strategies to accomplish this goal.
One of the easiest techniques is to mix laundry detergent with water. Soak this on the area for thirty
minutes to an hour and mop it with a clean cloth.
You can also mix some white vinegar with some water and soak it on the peed area. However, for this
strategy, you need to endure the pungent vinegar smell for a few hours.
Removing Excrements from Concrete
Removing excrements from concrete is more difficult than removing excrements from tiles. Most of the
time pee and poop stain concrete, making it difficult to eliminate with laundry detergent or vinegar.
The urine can seep deep into the concrete. So, no matter how much you clean the surface, the odor will
not be eliminated because it’s coming from underneath. To target and eliminate the odor coming from
underneath the concrete, you can use positive-ion treatments or enzymatic treatments.
Positive-Ion treatments are ideal for new stains. All you need to do is soak the area with the
treatment and the solution should work effectively. For older stains, you need to break up the urine
crystals from the concrete and bring them up to the surface. After this happens, you can neutralize the
You can also use enzymatic treatments. First, you need to clean pee spots with vinegar and water on a
two-to-one ratio. You can also mix TSP or hydrogen peroxide to soak the area to break down urine
crystals and eliminate the odor for good.
Removing Excrements from Wood
Removing excrements from wood is the most difficult. You need more time to eliminate pee stains and pee
odor from it. If you don’t, the stain will eventually ruin your hardwood floors. Plus, it can leave an
unpleasant smell in your home. To eliminate it, here are some steps to follow.
Before removing the stain, clean the area with vinegar and water. Use ½ cup white vinegar and an equal
amount of water. Using a clean cloth or sponge, apply the solution to the area and let it stay for 10
minutes before drying it out with a dry towel. This will help remove the top layer of the dried urine
from the floor.
After drying the area off, it’s time to sand it using 80 to 100-grit sandpaper to finish. This helps
eliminate the stain without letting it seep through the wood. If you cannot remove the stain, you can
use bleach with hydrogen peroxide. All you need to do is sprinkle a small amount of hydrogen peroxide
on the spot and let it foam. When it stops foaming, use a sponge to rub it into the urine stain. If
nothing changes, repeat the process 3 times until the stain is removed.
If the bleach plus hydrogen peroxide does not work, you may need to use a stronger bleach such as a
chlorine solution or oxalic acid to remove the stain. Mix the bleach you chose with water and apply it
to the stain. Let it sit for 5 minutes then apply some baking soda to neutralize the solution.
Afterward, rinse the area with water and let it dry.
Knowing how damaging these solutions may be to wood, expect the area to look differently after cleaning
it and removing the stain. So, you may need to refinish the area to make the wood good as new.
First, you need to sand the area with a No. 2 fine steel wool or soft-grit sandpaper. After vacuuming
the dust, apply the desired wood stain and let it dry before you add the second coat. Finish the task
by applying a clear topcoat of varnish, wood wax, or polyurethane to regain its original quality and
There you have it! These are some of the things you can do to prepare when you’re planning to get a
dog. Remember to prepare for their food, shelter, exercise, training, socialization, shedding, and
excrements. With enough preparation, you will help your dog achieve its best potential and maintain a
safe, sanitary, and optimal living condition with your pooch.