How to Clean Dog Urine From a Laminate Floor

If your dog urinates on your laminate or vinyl floor, quickly soak up the liquid. Treat the stain next, then focus on odor removal. Laminate and vinyl flooring are quite forgiving surfaces for accidents, provided you act quickly and use the correct products and technique.

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Laminate is a fairly hard-wearing floor particularly suitable for dog owners.
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Mopping Up the Mess

The first thing to do if your dog has an accident on your laminate or vinyl floor is to mop up the mess. You can do this using paper towels or an old rag. It’s best to clean up using a blotting action as opposed to a rubbing action, with something disposable so you can fully eliminate the scent from the house. Any trace of his own urine in the house could encourage your dog to have another accident.

Removing Odor

Laminate and vinyl flooring are both mostly non-absorbent -- although neither is entirely impenetrable -- so you should be able to get up most of the liquid. Once you’ve soaked up as much liquid from the laminate or vinyl, focus on removing the stain. Scrub the affected area with an enzymatic cleaner. The enzymes in the cleaner contain safe bacteria which will eat up the remaining urine.

Natural Alternatives

Baking soda is an effective natural alternative to an enzymatic cleaner. To use baking soda on a urine stain, pour on a small amount so the stained area is covered, leave it to stand for two hours, then vacuum it up. Vinegar mixed half-and-half with water is also an effective deodorizing and stain-removing remedy.

Dealing with Stubborn Stains

If you can’t get rid of the stain or smell, the convenience of laminate and vinyl really comes into its own. Unlike with a carpet, where a complete replacement would be necessary, a professional will be able to replace any stained pieces of laminate or vinyl flooring, leaving undamaged ones in place. This is especially helpful for people living in rented homes, as stubborn stains can result in landlords withholding part or all of the deposit to cover cleaning.

Preventing Further Accidents

If you spot your dog preparing to urinate on the floor, call his name, make a sound or otherwise distract him. Then gently and calmly guide him to the door and into the yard so he can do his business in an appropriate spot. Monitor his behavior so you know when he is likely to need to urinate and then make sure he’s near the door at those times.