It can be amazing how many different ways one’s pets can find to make messes on laminate wood flooring. Indentations made by hooves generally require that the laminate pieces need to be replaced, but most other pet damage can be repaired. It’s much easier than you might think, too.
Please note: for any stain removal, it is safest to test your stain removal items on an inconspicuous spot first. There are enough types and grades of wood laminate that it is possible that some of them might be bleached or discoloured by some cleaning products. If it looks a little bleached or water-stained, try wiping it down with a very small amount of olive oil mixed with a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar.
Perhaps the most common pet stain is a “piddle puddle,” or urine. To remove it, use paper towel to wipe up as much of the liquid as you can. There are enzyme cleaners such as Nature’s Miracle (available at pet-supply stores) which are perfect for cleaning the floor after the main liquid has been cleared up. Simply spray or pour some of the enzyme cleaner on the affected area, wait ten minutes, and then wipe it up. If you have the enzyme cleaner that is marketed specifically for cat urine, so much the better. The stuff works on tomcat spray: a bit of puppy piddle is no trouble at all.
If you do not have enzyme cleaners on hand, use some paper towel to wipe the area down with a bit of warm water, a touch of white vinegar, and a drop of dish soap. Then pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto the area, and wait five or ten minutes before wiping it up. If the urine was already dry when you found it, it will help if you dampen a piece of paper towel with warm water and vinegar, and set that on the stain for a minute or two before starting to wipe the stain down.
For mammal and bird feces (also known by the technical term of “poo”), the simplest and cheapest approach is to scrape up the bulk of the material in a few pieces of paper towel. Use rubbing alcohol to clean up the remaining smear. The enzyme cleaners can be used for this, also, but they should not be necessary, most of the time. Ideally, clean up the smear in three steps:
1) Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto a sheet of paper towel, or several sheets for a large smear. This will depend on the species of the pet. Use this paper towel to wipe up the visible mess.
2) Pour a bit of rubbing alcohol onto the area of floor where the smear was. Let it sit for at least five minutes. Ten would be better.
3) Wipe up the rubbing alcohol with another sheet of paper towel.
Vomit stains are easy to remove, too. Remove the bulk of the matter with some paper towel. If it has dried, you may need to add water or alcohol to it to get the bulk of it up. It is possible to scrape it up, with a piece of cardboard or plastic, but you risk scratching the floor and permanently damaging it if you do this. Reconstituting the vomit is disgusting, but safer. Once you’ve removed the solid bits, proceed as if it were poo.
Pets make messes and stains, but keeping your wood laminate floor spotless and free of odor is easy with these few simple techniques.