HELP – Cleaning urine stains from hardwood

As I’ve mentioned time and time before, the house I live in is old. It’s the sort of old where it was built by my great-grandparents and the guest room was my grandpa’s bedroom as a child. (Yet no one knows why there’s that hideous carpet in there. But I digress.)

Over the years of our animal loving family living here, an accident or two hundred were bound to occur from fluffy little bladders. It certainly didn’t help that there’s evidence around the house that someone along the way didn’t do the best job of letting their dog out when it needed to go (aka, scratched up walls and doors and windowsills and carpet and so on).

Now that I’m here with my three little fluffs, I’ve come to realize that Kulu’s the worst trained cat we have.

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He has a tendency to urinate wherever he smells urine, not just in a litter box. So, between the previous animals of the house and the old hardwood floors, I’ve been going crazy with this cat. I began researching around a bit and found out that the odd dark spot in the middle of Kulu’s favorite potty party spot is old animal urine. I started taking steps trying to take out the smell by tryingย this tutorialย but things didn’t go exactly how I’d hope.

I started by putting down paper towels and covering them with hydrogen peroxide.

But once a few hours passed and I took the paper towels off, I found that the peroxide pulled the finish from the floor. I’m not completely blaming the peroxide because the finish is on the old side and was already flaking in some places anyways. Apart from that issue, it didn’t help to take out the dark spot or get rid of the urine smell.

Take this as a cry for help.

 

Clean, clean, clean

So, I’ve been obsessively cleaning this old house for a few days at this point in attempts to have it livable by the time our things arrive.

I’m about to the point of no hope.

I’ve tried several of those cleaning techniques on Pinterest but nothing works as good as they claim they do. Of course, they’re probably cleaning things that have been wiped down once or twice in the past three years. I, on the other hand, am trudging through grimy hell.

Let’s start with my stove top. Burnt on gunk and discoloration.

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I gave this technique a whirl and there is some improvement. I’m hoping that if I clean them often enough, it’ll chip away at the super stubborn bits.

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One of the real terrors to clean was inside the stove. I’m not sure what happened there or how long ago, but it was hideous in there! Those weak of heart and stomach, look away.

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I put off this task more than any other. Finally, I sucked it up and stuck my head in the oven…you know, to clean it. I gave this method a shot and, apart from the glass on the door, it did pretty good.

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For the glass, I ended up mixing water and baking soda to form a paste and then spread that evenly across. I then poured on about a tablespoon or so of white vinegar and tossed on a few tablespoons of salt. I scrubbed it all together and then smoothed it evenly. After letting it set about ten minutes or more, I scrubbed it off. It’s not perfect. Or even mediocre. Hell, it’s still disgusting. But, like with the stove top, I’m hoping that if I do this often enough I can get it looking decent again.

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Also, I soaked the racks in hot water, white vinegar, and a bit of blue Dawn in my tub. That worked pretty good.

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Speaking of my tub….

I had to soak and scrub that horrendous thing twice and those weird blue marks and other stains still never went away. I’m planning on eventually painting and putting up tile anyways, but I’d love for it to at leastย look clean! To return the grout from the black mold mess it was back to white, I used toilet bleach. The thick kind with the nozzle that makes it easier to apply. It worked perfectly and quickly!

 

If I test out any other cleaning methods, I’ll do my best to remember to take before and after pictures.