As much as our pets can bring great joy and peace into our lives, dealing with their “accidents” is certainly something we could all do without. A grown dog should definitely know better, but slip ups are to be expected if you are still house training your puppy.
If the crime scene happens to be your hardwood floor, not even the best vacuum cleaner will be able to do much, especially if you haven’t dealt with the mishap as soon as it occurred and now have to figure out how to get rid of the dark stain it left behind.
If you managed to catch your dog red handed (red pawed?), you can still pretty much save the situation entirely. Take a few paper towels and apply them on the urine until you’ve sucked everything up. After you’ve picked up all the urine, use another wet paper towel or old rag to go over the spot once again so any potential urine that might have soaked through gets diluted. This will prevent stains from forming and get rid of the smell.
More advanced steps
If the urine has had time to settle the best option is to try and minimize the damage. A good way to neutralize the smell is a natural solution made up of water and white vinegar. Mix half a cup of it for every gallon of water and apply this to the odorous spot.
Let that sit for about 5-10 minutes and wipe it up afterwards. Be sure to put a drop of the solution onto a hidden part of the floor first to see if it gets discolored.
Things might get a bit more complicated if urine has managed to seep into the floor and has created a darker stain. Not only is this the hardest type of stain to get out, but it can cause permanent discoloration and damage to the hardwood floor.
Worst case scenario, you’ll have to replace the affected part of the floor if the stain is too dark or has caused mold to grow. However, before you take such a drastic measure, there is one more thing left to try.
Since you can’t really remove a stain that has become so deeply ingrained, the next best thing is to try and make it as aesthetically unobtrusive as possible. In order to accomplish this, you’ll need to use hydrogen peroxide.
Gently apply a standard 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide on the stain and observe its effects. This might just be enough, but you might also need to sand the affected area lightly and then apply varnish to it.
Accidents like this are bound to happen even if you clean your hardwood floors regularly. There’s really not that much that can be done to prevent this kind of thing from happening at least a couple of times while your dog is still learning, so the best thing you can do is to take things In stride and use this opportunity to teach your dog about its responsibilities more quickly.