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How To Get Rabbit Pee Out of a Wood Floor in 5 Steps

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Rabbits can often be trained to use a litterbox just like cats. However, every rabbit is bound to have an accident eventually, even if they are well-trained. (Of course, this goes for just about every kind of pet out there). Therefore, figuring out how to remove rabbit urine from your flooring is just another part of pet ownership.

Removing rabbit urine from wood floors can be a bit challenging, especially if you don’t have the right technique. However, with the right know-how, the whole process can go much smoother.

In this article, we’re going to help you remove the urine efficiently and effectively. We’ll also use common household ingredients to do so, so you don’t have to purchase anything special.

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The 5 Steps to Get Rabbit Pee Out of a Wood Floor

1. Mix a Vinegar Solution

The secret to getting rabbit urine out of a wooden floor (or anything, for that matter), is to utilize white vinegar. This natural cleaning solution is very good at minimizing the smell and removing the stains. Making a cleaning solution out of vinegar is pretty simple. All you need to do is mix equal parts of water and vinegar into a spray bottle and shake to mix.

If you need a stronger solution, you can increase the vinegar or decrease the water you add. However, you generally won’t need a solution stronger than a 1:1 ratio.

Of course, the smell of vinegar can be off-putting to many people. If you just can’t stand the smell, you can use a strong-smelling essential oil like citrus to help reduce the scent of the vinegar.

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2. Remove As Much of the Urine as Possible

If the urine is still wet, you’ll want to remove as much as possible before you start cleaning. The more you remove with an old towel or paper towels, the less you’ll have to clean up later. You want to remove the urine as quickly as possible after the act, as the ammonia in the urine can seriously harm the wood if it is allowed to sit.

If the urine has already sat and seeped for a long time, you may need to completely change your floors. Rabbit urine can be that damaging, so be sure that you remove it as quickly as possible.

However, don’t rub—just pat. You don’t want to spread the urine around.

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3. Use the Vinegar Solution

After the spot is pretty much dry, use the vinegar solution on the wood. Spray it and leave it there for about five minutes to soak. Then, wipe it up completely. The vinegar should help dissolve the urine that is actually soaked into the wood.

You can repeat this step as many times as you want, as the vinegar will not damage your floors. In some cases, you may need to spray and wipe as many as five times before the stain is completely out. It all depends on how long the stain has been sitting there.

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4. Use Baking Soda

Next, you’ll want to remove the smell for good with baking soda. It is naturally very good at removing bacteria and soaking up liquids, which are the exact ways that you get rid of rabbit urine on your floors. Sprinkle a generous amount of the spot and let it sit there for a few hours. It is best to leave it to sit overnight if possible.

You don’t need to pile it on there, as any baking soda that isn’t touching the floor isn’t going to do much good. However, you do want to make sure that the spot is completely covered.

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5. Finish with a Hydrogen Peroxide Rag (Optional)

If the stain or smell is still there, you may want to finish up with a hydrogen peroxide rag. This step uses a very strong cleaner, so you should test on a small, out-of-your-way spot to ensure that it won’t damage your floors.

First, purchase or find 3% hydrogen peroxide. It is vital that it is only 3%, as any more can cause damage to your floors. Next, soak a rag or washcloth in the solution. Wring out the cloth to remove any of the excess solution. Then, place the rag over the spot for a few hours. It takes hydrogen peroxide a bit of time to work, and you’ll want to keep animals and kids out of the area while it does.

Finally, remove the rag and wipe off the floor. You may want to rinse it with water just to ensure that all the hydrogen peroxide is gone.

Related Read: How to Neutralize Rabbit Urine on Grass in 4 Steps

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Conclusion

Removing rabbit urine from hardwood floors can seem impossible if you don’t know what you’re doing. Luckily, the actual process isn’t terribly difficult if you know what to use and how to use it. You can effectively remove most urine stains with what you have laying around the house, like vinegar and baking soda.

Using the methods we’ve outlined above, you can remove pesky stains without much elbow grease from your part. The cleaning solutions themselves should do most of the work.

We hope that you were able to remove the stain and smell effectively with the tips in this article!


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