How can we get pet urine stains out of an oak floor?

Answered by Brendan ~ March 23, 2010 ~ Comments

My wife and I just moved into a 1940s Vermont home with great potential. We knew that there were beautiful oak floors in a four-season sunroom hidden underneath a green shag carpet. But after we moved in and pulled up the entire carpeting we noticed that the flooring had dark spots in several corners. A friend said that this was probably due to urine from pet accidents. We want to refinish the floors, but will these dark flooring stains ever come out?

Fred M. ~ Burlington, Vermont

Brendan Fowler

These dark stains in the corners could be pet related, but I would make sure to rule out any water leaks before refinishing the floors. Older sunrooms are notorious for leaks at the windows. The black stains can usually be bleached out with a wood stain remover. These are available at paint stores. I do not see any reason why you should not be able to have beautiful wood floors in your new/old sunroom.

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