How to Clean Dog Urine Off Laminate Flooring in 2 Steps
Dogs are remarkably docile and patient creatures who can wait hours to be taken for a walk. But it’s no easy task getting your new pet used to tidiness, especially when it’s a young puppy. Old or sick puppers can also foul up the house and leave a lingering ammoniac urine smell. However, getting rid of the smell of dog urine isn’t that difficult.
How to clean dog urine off laminate flooring: 2 easy steps
If your pup made a puddle on the floor, don’t fret and get to work immediately. Here’s what you can do.
Step 1. Soak up the urine
If your dog urinated on your laminate floor, quickly soak up the liquid. Then treat the stain and focus on removing the odor.
You can do this using paper towels or an old rag. It’s best to clean using a blotting action, as opposed to rubbing, with something disposable so that you can completely eliminate the smell from the house. Any trace of his own urine in the house could encourage your dog to have another accident.
Thankfully, laminate flooring is a pretty forgiving surface for this kind of accidents, as long as you act quickly and use the right products and techniques. Laminate flooring is pretty hard-wearing, especially suitable for dog owners.
Step 2. Odor removal with enzyme cleaner for dog urine
Laminate flooring is mostly non-absorbent – although it’s completely impermeable, so you should be able to get most of the liquid out. Once you’ve absorbed as much liquid from the floor as you can, focus on removing the stain. Scrub the affected area with an enzymatic cleaner. The enzymes in the cleaner contain safe bacteria that will eat the remaining urine.
Baking soda is an effective natural alternative to enzymatic cleaner. To use baking soda on a urine stain, pour a small amount to cover the stained surface, leave it standing for two hours and then vacuum it up. Vinegar mixed with water at 1:1 ratio is also effective for deodorizing and removing stains.
Working with stubborn stains
If you can’t get rid of a stain or odor, the convenience of laminate really comes in handy. Unlike carpet, where a complete replacement is necessary, a professional will be able to replace any stained pieces of laminate, leaving the undamaged ones in place. This is especially helpful for people living in rental homes, as stubborn stains can cause landlords to withhold some or all of the deposit to cover the cleaning.
Preventing further accidents
If you notice your dog getting ready to urinate on the floor, call his name, make a noise, or otherwise distract him. Then guide him gently and calmly to the door and into the yard so he can do his business in a suitable place. Observe his behavior so that you know when he is likely to need to urinate and then make sure he is near the door at that time.