How to Get Pet Urine Out of a Hardwood Floor

Pets provide love and companionship, but they also require that you take care of them. House-training accidents must be cleaned quickly to prevent damage to your home. Hardwood floors are easier to clean than carpeting. However, if you do not remove the pet urine stain immediately, you may have to go through the expensive process of replacing hardwood floors.

  1. Blot the area with paper towels to remove actual urine from the hardwood floors. Continue to blot until the area is completely dry.

  2. Remove any bacteria that may have collected in the area with a disinfectant soap. Then use a 2-to-1 water and white vinegar solution to remove the smell of pet urine. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Blot dry with paper towels.

  3. Use a pet enzyme cleaner on the area to discourage your pet from urinating there again.


  • The quicker you get to a pet urine accident on hardwood floors, the less likely there will be any permanent damage. If pet urine sits on hardwood floors for an extended period, it can damage the flooring. You will then have to sand and refinish the floor.

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Michaele Curtis began writing professionally in 2001. As a freelance writer for the Centers for Disease Control, Nationwide Insurance and AT&T Interactive, her work has appeared in "Insurance Today," "Mobiles and PDAs" and "Curve Magazine." Curtis holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Louisiana State University.