BDU Hardwood College™
Looking out for "Number 1": Pet urine, pet spills, and hardwood flooring
What you will learn: How to be vigilant when owning pets and hardwood flooring, why pet urine can be damaging to a hardwood floor, controlling moisture caused by pet water dishes, where to seek advice on controlling moisture on hardwood caused by pets.
Cleaning up after a pet becomes an everyday activity for responsible pet owners. Now, with the inclusion of a solid hardwood wood floor's surface, the pet owner has an additional reason to be aware of any "accidents" which occur as a result of excited, or untrained, pets. The best strategy is to be proactive.
If you are allowing an un-housetrained or excitable pet in an area where hardwood wood floors have been installed, assume that there will be some mess, and to be on the lookout. The question of how to remove urine from wood floors can range from the simple to the more complex, depending on when you’ve spotted the mess. Regardless of the situation, vigilance and quick action when accidents occur should be the common denominator. Urine is a tough substance to remove if it has been allowed to stand on your hardwood for a long period of time. It is acidic, and contains insoluble salt crystals which are one of the main compounds that lead to stubborn stains. The salt crystals bind themselves to the surface of the floor, and even if the initial stain is removed, the odor and remnants of that stain can re-appear.
Apart from being aware of your pet's little accidents and keeping a mop handy in such an event, there are several products available which will help to keep urine from staining a hardwood wood floor's surface. Seek advice from local pet store retailers, or DIY specialists in your area as to which stain and odor removing products are most applicable to your situation and always follow the instructions as indicated by the manufacturers on any products you buy. Have your chosen product on hand and close by to allow for immediate action when accidents occur.
It is important to protect your hardwood wood floors from spillage caused by a pet's water dish, an occurrence which is fairly common and which may have a negative long-term effect. In this case, it is a good idea to make use of mats under the dish to protect hardwood wood floors from direct contact with water spills. Even then, it is important that the mat be allowed to dry from time to time, to keep any moisture soaked into the mat caused by a spill away from the hardwood wood floor’s surface. For an additional level of safety where spills are concerned, ask your local pet retailer about spill-proof water dishes (dishes that feature broad, more stable bases, or even ones that come with stands). Keeping any moisture sources away from your hardwood wood floors is very important to its health and appearance.
For another source of information on controlling pet urine and water spills caused by pets, your vet and your local pet store owner can be valuable resources. Armed with knowledge, you can enjoy your beautiful hardwood floors, without any hard feelings between you and your furry pals!
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