Will vinegar harm the wood surface even more? Since the cat is still with me and Iwon’t put her down I do not think refinishing the flors is a good choice. Will the following vinegar method harm the floor more? Any suggestions on using hydrogen peroxide? How to clean the cat urine from hardwood floors However, you might not be ready to replace your floor just yet, so here are a few things you can do to eliminate the odor. If you can catch the problem while it’s still “fresh,” you’ll be better off.
Remove any excrement and blot the entire wet area immediately and firmly with paper towels. Wash affected area several times with white vinegar. Rinse stain thoroughly with warm water. Blot dry with paper towels. Apply a specialized stain and odor-removing bacteria or enzyme cleaner. Tip: Read the instructions carefully before using these products and test them in an invisible area. If you can not remove some old stains, try sanding away the stain and resealing the wood.
You must be extra vigilant about cat odor and attack the problems as soon as it occurs. Also you should remove all traces of the odor, because if the scent remains, the cat will do it again in the same spot.
I had a cat box on my hardwood floor. The ammonia fumes from their urine spilled over and stained the hardwood flood varnish really dark. I tried bleaches, etc. but the finish remains dark. I think it will need to be sanded and refinished. Let me know if anyone has a solution for this problem with any products that will lighten the dark varnish stain.
I always use straight white vinegar on cat urine, either by dumping it on the spot or misting. I have an epi-cat that has seizures every once in a while, so sometimes my other cats will ‘mark’ in reply. The vinegar works to kill the odor and germs. Peroxide is a bleach, not sure what that would do. It’s always good to test a spot if you are worried about staining.
I had gotten a recipe (that I paid for on the internet – the stinky pet recipe) that I will share…bottle peroxide mixed with 1 box baking soda and a few drops of dish liquid…I usually spray or poor it on the spot and let sit several hours or overnight …it has worked for me, but just be careful on wood floors.
I had a nephew who died unexpectedly unfortunately his mother could not go into his room and his cat would not come out. After a MONTH I went over to get the cat. You could not breath in the room. The cat had urined on a area rug which was drenched. The beautiful hardwood floor I thought was beyond repair. An elderly lady told me to use Amonia (spelling?) on the wood floor. I thought she was crazy but I did it!!! I put some in a bucket of water and a face mask and attacked the job and the next day you could not smell any cat urine it was amazing. Try it you will be surprized.