Removing or lessening pet pee stains

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: We removed carpeting to find that pet stains have penetrated our beautiful hardwood floors – some areas are very dark, other areas appear almost “bleached” out.

We really don’t want to have to replace the wood. Do you have any suggestions on removing or lessening the stains?¬†We do plan on sanding and refinishing the floors.

A: How large an area is damaged? If it is only a couple of spots, the best thing to do is replace that damaged area and re-sand, finish the floors. If it is everywhere, the only possibility is using a commercial bleach. This is very powerful stuff. I haven’t used it in years, and don’t even know if it is still available to the public. Sometimes a spot might look bad, but sand off cleanly. The only way to know for sure is to sand the floor and see if this mark has penetrated the wood deeply.

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A dark spot from dog urine

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I have a dark spot on my hardwood floor which came as the result of my dog urinating on the floor and I want to know how I can remove this stain. My floor is light colored and it has a polyurethane finish.

A: The boards that are so stained will likely have to be removed and replaced.

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