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 prepare.

Food

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.

Shelter

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.

Exercise

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.

Shedding

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 happens.

Excrements

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 smell.

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 color.

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.