Becky asked: How do I clean urine spots from hardwood floors? I am litter training my rabbit. He has had a few accidents on the hardwood floor, and there are several whitish spots. How do I lift the stain.
Urine stains can turn hardwood floors either white or jet black. Either way, the urine must be pulled up and peroxide does the trick. Here is a removal method that has been successful for many.
You Will Need:
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Paper towels
- Baking soda
- Cat litter
- Spray bottle
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Cover the stained area with paper towels.
- Moisten the towels thoroughly by spraying them with hydrogen peroxide.
- Allow the peroxide to sit on the stain for a couple of hours.
- If the paper towels dry out too quickly, either apply more peroxide regularly or cover with plastic and tape down the edges.
- After several hours, remove the paper towels and cover the area with an absorbent material. Baking soda or cat litter work well because they will absorb both odors and moisture.
- After the moisture has been absorbed, scrape away the litter or baking soda and dispose of it.
- Allow the area to dry.
- If the stain persists, repeat the process. It may take several applications to fully remove the stain.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Sometimes the white marks are left from the moisture only. In this case, use the removal methods found in our guide How to Remove White Rings from Wooden Furniture.
- If the protective coating is removed during the cleaning process (it should be, but you never know – you can test the solution in a small hidden area of the floor first to be sure it’s safe), it will need to be refinished in that area. This can be completed easily by lightly sanding away the damaged surface and applying new finish. If you contact the company that sold you your floor, they often offer finish “touch up pens” that make this very easy.