Moving cat litter box to basement

If the urine is fresh use an absorbent cloth and blot away any wetness. Use adequate pressure to soak up the moisture. If needed, use several cloths so you can get as much of the substance from the floor. You can also use absorbent paper towels but use enough to dry the areas as thoroughly as possible. Keep rags handy until your cat no longer pees outside of his litter box. Choose a chemical cleaner that’s right for you. There are a number of chemical cleaners on the market and it is best to research what chemicals will work best depending on the type of wood and the severity of the damage.

Test the product on a very small and hidden area of your wooden flooring before tackling all the stained areas because it’s best to be sure that the product is safe for your floor’s finish. Use a cleaner specifically designed for pet urine. Some products including Nature’s Miracle and Urine Gone are recommended by some sites because the latter removes the odor and prevents pets from peeing in the same place, but does leave a musty scent behind unless cleaned up afterwards. Moisten a rag or paper towels thoroughly with the hydrogen peroxide mixture. Cover the stained area with the moistened paper towel or rag. Let the peroxide sit on the stain for a couple of hours or over night depending on the severity of the stain.

Ensure that the rags or paper towels don’t dry out. Check the area every so often and apply more peroxide regularly as you see fit. You can also cover the stain with plastic, creating a seal by taping down the edges. After several hours, remove any excess liquid with an absorbent material like baking soda or cat litter. First, remove the paper towels then cover the area. Look for products that will remove both moisture and odors like baking soda or cat litter.

Once all the moisture and odor had been absorbed, scrape away the material or baking soda and let the area dry. For smaller stains, make sure to pour the peroxide only on the stain, checking it every ten minutes, and wiping up the excess as soon as the stain is gone. This bleach is made up of hydrogen peroxide and sodium hydroxide. This type of bleach will remove all color variations in the wood, which is the downside to the two-part peroxide bleach. Two-part bleach has very specific instructions. The two components are to be mixed together so always read the manufacturer’s warnings and instructions as these chemicals are very strong. It is best to wear rubber gloves and safety goggles to do the job and to keep your home ventilated.

Vinegar neutralizes ammonia that creates the odor from your cat’s urine. It is also better for the environment relative to stronger chemical compounds. Old urine may have been absorbed into the wood so the damage and odor may be removed by sanding down and refinishing your floor. Sand the floor and apply touch up wood floor stain using a paint brush. Consult a professional regarding what type of sandpaper to use depending on the type of wood and the degree to which the urine has been absorbed. Use a wood floor stain that is the grain of your wood floor. Consider applying another coat of sealer to your floors once you have cleaned and resealed it to prevent further accidents from getting trapped into the subfloor.

It may take several tries to fully remove the stain. If you smell urine but can’t find its source, try using a black light. Sometimes the urine is trapped so deep into the subfloor that it can’t be removed without replacing your floor. If you do decide to replace your floor, seal the surface well. Apply an odor remover that you can find in pet stores. Look for one that has enzymes in it to attack any remaining bacteria.

Be sure all the odor is gone so the smell doesn’t draw your cat back to that same spot. Cats pee for two reasons: to mark their territory with a general splatter or to clear waste with a large puddle. When cats eliminate waste they look for flat horizontal surfaces, that’s why floors are a perfect target. Provide separate living areas if you are in a multi-cat household. Make your cat feel more secure in its territory. Cats will urinate more when marking their territory when they feel the need to get possessive. When cats mark their territory they will lift up their tail and usually spray vertical spaces like walls. Cats will mark their territory to give other cats information like the right time to mate. Close windows, blinds, and doors so your indoor cat doesn’t see other cats and become threatened, otherwise they may begin marking their territory. Be vigilant especially if your cat is in new surroundings. Address the urination before it becomes normal behaviour.

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