Are you planning on getting a pet home? Do you have hardwood floors installed? Think about it, as it is not going to be an easy task to maintain your beautiful hardwood floors once you have a pet. Once you decide to get a pet to your home, you must first make sure you learn the basic know-how on how to clean the stains.
Firstly to remove the stain, you need to figure out the kind of the stain you are dealing with. Whatever the pet is, there are two types of stains that can occur, one is the urine stain and the other is from the pet faeces. The most complicated stain to remove from a hardwood floors are the stains caused by pet urine as it has the ability to seep into the floors and cause more damage.
It is best if you find the stain immediately as it will be easier to damp clean it with a few paper towels, but if you allow it to sit for sometime pet urine can cause a stain and to remove that you will need more than just paper towels.
Urine stains caused by a pet on a hardwood floor can be ugly because either white or black rings appear if the stain is not cleaned immediately. Once the rings appear, neither mopping nor scrubbing will help in cleaning out the rings and not to forget the odour that the pet stains leave behind. Removing the pet stains can be quite a task and you will need cleaning agents that contain oxidizing properties as well as bleaching agents.
Below you can find the steps to be followed to clean out the pet stains.
Things you will need:
- Paper napkins
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Baking soda
- Spray bottle
- Firstly place a lot of hand towels on the area of the stain. Next spray hydrogen peroxide onto the napkins till they are moist but do not soak them.
- Leave the damp paper towels on the stain for some hours, once the papers are losing its dampness; remoisten the paper towels.
- After about 5-6 hours remove the paper towels and spray some baking soda over the stained area. Baking soda helps in removing the odour and to remove any excess moisture on your hardwood floors.
- After an hour, clean out the area and check for dampness. If you feel the floor is still damp, apply some more baking soda and leave it on for some more time. After 30 minutes or 1 hour clean up the area and check for the visibility in stain and for the odour.
- If the stain is still persistent repeat the steps.
- The concern of hydrogen peroxide’s bleaching quality may arise, so there is another option of using oxalic acid mixture that can be used to clean out the stains but it can be a little expensive and may not be available in the stores. But if you have it, one has to follow the same procedure given above.
Removal of pet stains can be a tough job but one has to be persistent and you need to be on high alert and find the stain as soon as it happens, this will help in cleaning the stain quickly and not let it soak into the insides of the wood floors. Make sure to follow the procedure and maintain your hardwood floors and give it a beautiful appearance.