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3-Step Guide To Removing Fresh Puppy Stains On Your Hardwood Floors

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If you have a new puppy that you are trying to housebreak, you may find fresh urine stains on your home's wood floors while your pet is still learning. If so, use the following three-step guide to removing fresh puppy stains as soon as possible to avoid permanent damage to the wood.

Step 1:  Sprinkle The Stain With Baking Soda

After blotting up the excess urine, the first step is to sprinkle the spot with baking soda. The baking soda will soak up the liquid, as well as neutralize the odor.

Sprinkle about an eighth of an inch coat over the urine spot, extending about a quarter of an inch around the edges. This ensures that you soak up any urine that may have soaked into the surrounding wood.

Leave the baking soda for about a half an hour, then blot up the excess with a rag or paper towels. Do not rub the area, as this could embed the baking soda and urine in the wood grain.

You do not need to remove all of the baking soda, as any residual will be cleaned away during the next step. Once you have blotted up as much of the baking soda and urine as possible, go on to the next step.

Step 2:  Clean The Stain With Vinegar

This next step involves wiping the area with white distilled vinegar. The vinegar will clean away the rest of the urine, as well as remove any baking soda left behind. Also, when it interacts with the baking soda, the slight foaming action will help clean deep within the wood grain.

Pour a small amount of vinegar on a clean, lint-free towel, and blot the stain. Repeat until you have covered the area with vinegar. Then, let it sit for about a half an hour.

Once the time has passed, wet a clean towel with clear water, and wring it out as much as possible to remove the excess. Then, wipe the area to rinse away the stain, baking soda, and vinegar, going with the grain of the wood.

Repeat wiping the area with a damp towel until the wood is clean. Then, go on to the next step.

Step 3:  Shine The Wood With Lemon Oil 

While the above two steps will clean up the urine stain from your puppy, it can leave the wood dried out and dull. To remedy this, you can shine and polish the area with lemon oil. The lemon oil will restore moisture into the wood while creating a glossy shine.

To apply the lemon oil, pour a small amount of oil onto a clean, soft cloth, and wipe it onto the wood using small, circular motions. Repeat until the entire area is covered with the oil, as well as extended out an inch or two from the stain.

After applying the lemon oil, allow it to soak into the wood for about an hour. This will ensure that the oil penetrates deep within the grain.

Once you have applied the oil and have let it soak in, buff the area with a clean chamois cloth or mechanic's towel. To do this, first rub against the grain of the wood, then with it. Then, use small circles to finish buffing the wood.

Using the above guide should help you remove fresh puppy stains out of your hardwood floor. However, if you have older or multiple stains, you may want to either refinish your wood floor or contact a contractor who specializes in residential wood floors to discuss your options of either refinishing or replacing parts of your hardwood flooring.

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28 April 2017