How to Remove Dog Urine that’s Soaked into Hardwood Floor

Do you always have time cleaning off your poodle’s urine from your hardwood surface since regular soap just doesn’t seem to get the job done? Not only does dog urine damage wooden flooring, but it can also make your house quite uncomfortable to relax in. But, how do I get rid of dog pee soaked into the wood floor?

Pet pee contains uric acid, which has a strong unpleasant smell. Spray some pet urine-odor remover (commercial or homemade) directly onto the affected area. Allow it to soak for sometime before wiping it off with a clean cloth to get rid of dog urine. However, the smells may linger long after you’ve removed the dog urine from your hardwood floor.

If your dog hasn’t been house-trained, this article will guide you on how to properly eliminate dog urine from your hardwood floors.

Does dog urine damage wood floors?

While dog urine is unlikely to cause any harm to the structural strength of your wooden floor, the stain spots it may leave behind are a problem- aesthetically and comfortability speaking. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to keep your favorite pet tied up in a kennel in the backyard all the time.

You definitely don’t want this to be the first thing your guests notice as soon as they set foot in your house. Not to forget the awful smell emanating from the urine, too!. In addition, the dog soaked into the floor may leave behind a permanent stain and enhance mildew and mold growth.

How to remove dog urine that’s soaked in wood flooring

If you are a pet lover-homeowner seeking cleaning solutions for dog urine soaked wooden flooring, the appropriate cleaning method depends on whether your wooden floor is permeable or impermeable.


Below, we detail the cleaning steps that we’d recommend you try on each of the above types of wooden floor surfaces:

1. Impermeable Wooden Floors

Impermeable hardwood floors are usually made of a non-porous top layer that doesn’t allow any liquid to pass through and are- therefore- easier to clean compared to permeable wooden floors.

If your wooden floor is impermeable, follow the procedure below to get rid of dog pee:

  • First, put on a pair of latex gloves and simply clean up the affected floor section with water and a sponge.
  • Next, spray some commercial liquid pet odor remover- like Clorox Pet Solutions– directly onto the affected area.
  • For some products, the instruction manual requires the user to let the product soak into the affected wood area for a while after spraying for maximum efficiency.
  • After spraying and leaving the dog urine remover to soak in, wipe off the problem area with a clean sponge.
  • Finally, rinse off the floor section with clean water and let it dry up.

2. Permeable Wooden Floors

Older hardwood floors tend to have a higher porosity than newer ones and pet urine tends to soak into the wood material, further aggravating the problem. As such, the best method for removing the pet urine that will have already penetrated into the porous seams is sanding, as detailed below:

  • Assess your floorboards’ thickness to accurately determine if they can be sanded.
  • If your hardwood floor passes the above test, your floor is ready for sanding. Do some prep work by taping nearby openings like windows and doors, since sanding is a dust-laden process.
  • If you’re looking to sand deep into the wood, use a drum sander. However, we recommend renting an edge sander if the urine-drenched floor section is near baseboards and trims.
  • After sanding, sweep up the problem area using a regular broom. Some sander does come with an attached vacuum for the dust sweeping. Then finish off by cleaning it up using a well-wringed damp mop.

How to Get Rid of Pet Urine Odor on Wood Flooring

Even after cleaning off the actual urine from your hardwood floor using the methods from the section above, an unpleasant smell may still linger. Here are some ways you can get rid of pet urine smell from your wooden floor:

1. Use Vinegar and Water

Apart from uric acid, another component of dog urine that causes the bad smell is ammonia- a base. White vinegar is acidic, thus neutralizing the alkaline ammonia to an odor-free state. What’s more, vinegar can also kill most of the germs and bacteria present in dog urine.

  • Mix some white vinegar and water in spraying can, in a 1:1 ratio. Alternatively, you can purchase a vinegar solution, though these typically only contain 5% vinegar.
  • If the smell is too strong and has spread to other rooms in the house, you can add some grapefruit oil into the solution to act as a natural deodorant for odor removal.
  • Scrub the problem area on your hardwood floor while spraying the solution you’ve made in steps one and two above.
  • After you’re done scrubbing, rinse the floor section with some clean water and finish up by dry mopping.

2. Use of Baking Soda

Unlike vinegar which is acidic, baking soda is an alkaline-crystalline powder. Since it’s a base with a pH above seven, it gets rid of urine odor by neutralizing the acidic content in the urine (uric acid). This results in a neutral, odorless pH state.

3. Use of Hydrogen Peroxide

If you’re working on a budget and prefer a home-made cleaning solution to a commercial urine cleaner, try using hydrogen peroxide. However, we only recommend using this option if you don’t mind hydrogen peroxide’s bleaching properties, as your wooden floor will be noticeably lighter after you’ve cleaned it with this substance.

Here are the steps you should follow to properly get rid of dog urine odor on your hardwood floor:

  1. Apply or spray some of the hydrogen peroxide directly over the area that’s stained with dog urine.
  2. Soak a clean cloth in hydrogen peroxide, then use it to cover the hydrogen peroxide that’s already been poured over the affected floor section.
  3. Let it lay there overnight. By dawn, both the urine stain and urine odor should be gone.

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