We love our pets, but they are prone to accidents- just like all of us! If you are struggling with potty training your dog, you may be looking for effective cleaning solutions. So, how do you clean dog pee off laminate floors?
The best way to clean pet urine from your laminate floors is using a pet stain and odor removal floor cleaner or substitute by making a laminate-safe homemade floor cleaner. Also, taking care to properly train your dog and providing a pee mat for them will also help your flooring in the long run.
There are many ways to save your laminate floors from dog pee- let’s get started with what you can do to best clean these surfaces, as well as what you can do to prevent pet urine in the future!
How to Properly Clean Dog Pee Off Laminate Floors
If you know your dog has peed on your laminate floors, now is the time to clean them. Here’s my step-by-step guide to cleaning up those accidents, right when they happen, or even those stains that you haven’t noticed until now!
- Mop up any residual moisture with paper towels or a rag. Allow the area to dry before continuing.
- If your urine stain is recent (within an hour), spray a commercial-grade cleaner according to its instructions. You should look for something specifically made for dog urine so that you can prevent them from marking the same spot in the future.
- If your urine stain is older, you can use the same commercial cleaner according to its instructions. Allow it to sit for some time, and know that you may need to do a couple treatments.
- If you are looking for a home remedy for cleaning pet urine, baking soda is the way to go. Sprinkle a healthy amount of baking soda over the stain and allow it to sit for fifteen minutes. This allows the product to absorb any excess moisture as well as eliminate odors, which should prevent your dog from marking again.
- Once the baking soda has sat for some time, spray white vinegar over the baking soda. It will foam and bubble up, activating and cleaning any remaining urine stains in your floor. Allow this to sit for ten minutes or more.
- Take paper towels or a rag and wipe the baking soda and vinegar from your laminate floor. You may want to do this more than once to ensure that the solution is all clean.
- Take the time to ensure that your laminate flooring is dry, especially if this was an older stain. You may want to place a heater in front of the floor, or use a blow dryer to really dry this section of your floor. Laminate may be durable, but moisture can easily penetrate your subfloor, causing it to warp.
- Use an additional product or orange-scented spray on the area to prevent your dog from marking the same spot over and over.
What Are the Best Laminate Flooring Cleaners for Pet Urine?
If you are looking for a reliable laminate floor cleaner for your dog’s pee, check out some of these recommendations below. While a home remedy may work perfectly for you, a more heavy-duty product may come in handy from time to time!
Nature’s Miracle Hard Floor Cleaner
Nature’s Miracle pet stain and odor removers have been trusted for pet mess cleanup for more than 35 years. I personally recommend this as the best option for cleaning pet urine off of laminate floors. According to this manufacturer, whatever pets do, you can trust Nature’s Miracle stain and odor removers, training aids, disinfectants, and litter products to undo!
Nature’s Miracle hard floor cleaner is a dual-action pet stain and odor remover ideal for removing stains and odors caused by urine, fecal matter, grease, oil, fats, and other organic substrates. The bio-enzymatic formula provides a deep clean while protecting the natural floor finish.
The recommended way of cleaning is first to wipe and soak up the pet urine, then spray the infected area, and wipe using a soft cloth/rag. Repeat the process once clean!
I think a dual-action use of Natures Miricle with the use of Swiffer WetJet on laminate floors would be the best way to clean up that smelly pet urine. Spray the floor with Natures Miracle and then go over it with a fresh wipe using a new Swiffer cleaning pad. Ultimate floor cleaning!
Nature’s Miracle hard floor cleaner safely works to remove new and deep-set stains and odors from sealed wood, linoleum, vinyl, concrete and ceramic tile. When used and stored as directed, this product is safe for your pets and home, as well as your laminate flooring!
ANGRY ORANGE Pet Odor Eliminator
From one dog owner to another, I can’t recommend ANGRY ORANGE Pet Odor Eliminator enough! I’ve had my stubborn little chihuahua mix since he was three months old- this was the only product that got him to stop using my laminate floors as his pee place!
A little goes a long way with this Angry Orange pet odor eliminator for home use. It’s a floor deodorizer that targets strong, lingering smells at the source and destroys them. Derived from fresh orange peels, this cleaner for pets smells like heaven.
Removing odors means you should only use this spray in the infected area. If you apply throughout your entire laminate or hardwood floors you may make the surface slippery. It is recommended to only use where your pup has peed on the floor.
This pet floor cleaner can also be used to eliminate odors from carpet, tile, couch upholstery, litter boxes, bedding, garbage cans, car interiors, and more. It may be a bit pricey, but it does the job on any surface!
Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator
In the case of pet urine and other tough stains and odors, Rocco & Roxie Stain & Odor Eliminator is the one to reach for. Its professional-strength bio-enzymatic formula goes to work at once, releasing active enzymes that feed on ammonia residue left behind in pet urine and other organic materials.
Not only does it get out the stain out, it eliminates the odor deep down within the carpet at its source-which discourages re-soiling. I know this article is focused on laminate, but these sprays are great for odor removal in fabric-type surfaces. The result of this product: Stains and odors are completely eliminated, leaving carpets, floors, furniture, and other surfaces fresh and your beloved pet out of the dog house.
Many reviewers mention that this is the most effective stain and odor product they’ve ever used. From stinky yellow pet urine and feces to vomit and other organic spills, this professional-strength formula tackles them all. And it’s absolutely safe to use on laminate floors!
However, similar to Angry Orange, this product is designed for spraying the infected area and to not be used as a full floor cleaner. It can potentially cause your floor to become slippery so use at your own risk.
Are There Any Ways to Protect My Floors from Pet Urine?
If you are looking for a way to protect your laminate floors from pet urine, you may need to seek out additional products. There are some laminate flooring protective sealants; there are also pads that you can purchase so that your dog goes on the pads instead of on your floor.
No matter what, a little bit of training can go a long way when it comes to your puppy or dog. If you have to leave your dog home alone for a long period of time, you may consider the services of a local dog walker or neighbor. Or consider purchasing a puppy pad, like these!
Artificial Grass Puppy Pad
Fake grass pee pads are essential dog housebreaking supplies that help to make potty training your puppy or small pet a bit easier. Looking like a pleasant field of grass, this pad is easy for dogs to figure out as well as easy for you to clean!
Puppy pads are also perfect for owners that work long hours or live in apartments by providing a spot for your pets to relieve themselves indoors. This pet pad encompasses a three-layer system that makes clean up effortless- a plastic insert locks in and allows liquid to drain into the durable collection tray.
Rinse clean with soapy water, and you have a reusable dog urine solution! Keep it in the same spot in your home so your dog has some consistency. They will appreciate it just as much as you do!
SincoPet Reusable Pee Pad
The SincoPet Pee Pad, available on Amazon, got me through my dog’s puppy months! Reusable, affordable, and available in many different sizes, this puppy pad from SincoPet is a great solution to your damp laminate floors. This mat is capable of holding 20 to 30 times more liquid than you expect- without leaking!
Made of a 100% polyester knitting surface, your pup will find the first layer very comfortable. There’s a super absorbent high-density middle layer, a breathable waterproof PUL inner layer, and a 100% polyester knitting fabric with anti-slip silica gel bottom.
These washable pads are durable and long-lasting, capable of multiple washes. The many sizing options are perfect for any breed or size dog. Pick which one works best for you and your home! Place one under food and water bowls for messy eaters, or use as a puppy whelping or training pad.
Pet Urine and Laminate Flooring FAQs
Still have questions about pet urine and your laminate floors? Let’s go over some other questions together!
Will Dog Pee Ruin Laminate Flooring?
Dog pee is not as stinky as cat pee, but it can definitely damage your laminate flooring. Dog pee contains many different acidic properties that can peel away and leach through your laminate coatings and surface. Also, any water damage on your laminate is capable of damaging your subfloors.
How to Remove Pet Urine Odor from Laminate Floors?
Most any pet urine cleaner contains an odor eliminating factor. Keep an eye out for products that advertise odor elimination as a priority. Keep in mind though, that if you can still smell the urine, the urine is still present and you may need to clean your floors again!
Can You Buy Spill Proof Laminate Flooring?
There are certain companies that manufacture waterproof or spill proof laminate flooring. However, given the nature and chemical makeup of pet urine, you may not get the results you’re hoping for. Plus, you will have to replace all of your laminate flooring to boot!
I recommend getting a puppy pad or heavy duty cleaner instead of all new laminate floors. You can make a lot of good happen by just training your dog a bit more too!
Cleaning dog pee from your laminate floors isn’t anyone’s favorite activity. However, your dog may have accidents from time to time, and it is important to get those stains clean! Take time to scrub, and consider purchasing a pee mat for your pup, just in case.
Jamie is the Founder of My Home Dwelling. He is a homeowner and enjoys sharing his homeowner tips with others. He has real estate experience working as a new home construction Realtor. Jamie has worked on numerous residential construction sites helping with interior and exterior renovations. He loves refinishing furniture, DIY home projects, and sharing his knowledge online.