Pet stains can be a real pain to clean up, but thankfully not all that painful when it comes to expense.
No one likes a surprise when it comes to purchasing a home, least of all a surprise that involves some pet stains as a result of ripping up carpeting or flooring.
The main thing to consider when you’re ready to clean this up is, how long has it been sitting, and how many animals were in the home?
In other words, if you’re purchasing a home from someone who had 20 cats using the floors as a toilet, then you would need to take a more serious approach to cleaning than what I have listed in this article. (And I wish I were joking when using that as an example, but I’ve seen some crazy stuff.) In fact, in severe cases of pet stains, stripping a home down to the joists and/or ripping out stained sheet rock is almost a necessity.
But, for the simple removal and cleaning, consider the following.
When it comes to hardwood floors, your best bet is always going to be baking soda, vinegar, and peroxide for the simple and easy solution. Not only is it effective, but it’s harmless to kids and animals, and affordable to boot. If you need to rely on a more industrial solution, then consider a few cleaning supplies specific to pet stains and odor. Clorox makes a spray bottle solution for less than $5 that specifically targets and cleans up pet stains, and most stores even have generic “animal odor remover” type supplies.
So long as it’s not below zero outside, consider keeping a window or two open while cleaning up. Between the mixture of chemicals and pet stains, you’ll want to air out your home while scrubbing, weather permitting.