Hardwood Floors And Pet Odors
We are trying to remove dog urine odor from a wood floor where people left the urine for extended periods, maybe even months. Would your “Dual Action” product remedy this problem? We will be putting carpet down soon so we are not concerned about a stain problem.
You have a challenge. Sorry. There are several degrees of severity when dealing with dog urine and this is true with hardwood. To neutralize the odor you need to get the neutralizer to the urine residue. With wood you will have urine soaked into the grain of the wood and possibly between the slats of the wood and maybe around the edges of the wood floor against the wall. Dual Action or SUN (Severe Urine Neutralizer) will neutralize the urine it comes in contact with. The trick is getting it to the urine. If you just go over the surface of the floor you will neutralize a good percentage of the urine and sometimes this is adequate to kill the odor. Sometimes it is not. With wood you also have the possibility of the wood warping if it gets to wet. It may be slightly warped from the urine already.
The different methods you can use (depending on how severe the urine contamination is) are:
- Try a treatment just going over the floor with a good neutralizer and getting the obvious urine areas a little wetter so it can soak in a little. Then see how the results are.
- The next method would be to soak the floor so the neutralizer can soak in deep.This takes a chance of warping the floor in areas. I have had cases where we ended up sanding and also replacing slats from this.
- The next method is to sand the surface of the wood taking off as much wood as needed to remove the urine. Again this will remove most of the urine residue and sometimes all. If it has run down between the slats you may still have residue remaining. Seal the floor to
lock in any remaining odor if necessary.
Or use a combination of the above.