How to Clean Subfloor Urine?
The first thing you need to do is take a look at your flooring. You might notice some stains or spots on it. If you are unsure if there is any urine stain or spot, then you should immediately call a professional cleaner. However, if you have no idea what these stains are and they don’t seem like they could be related to urine, then it’s best not to worry too much about them right now.
What you need to do instead is to start by trying to remove the stains yourself. You will probably find that you cannot get rid of all of them, but at least you can get rid of most of them. After removing the stains, it would be good if you took a quick look at your flooring again. Is there anything else that looks off? Are there other types of stains or spots on your flooring? Does your flooring feel rough or scratchy?
If you still think that you have urine stains or spots on your flooring, then it would be better to contact a professional cleaner. They will likely charge a little bit more than you did, but they can do a better job. You can always ask us for recommendations in case you want to hire one ourselves.
If you still think that there is something wrong with your flooring, then you can try to clean it yourself. You can use a product called “Porcelain Scrub” which is available from Home Depot or Lowes. These products work well because they contain baking soda and vinegar. They will make your job easier since you won’t have to deal with the messy part of cleaning up urine stains and spots on your flooring. Just follow the instructions carefully when using these products.
Removing Stains from the Subfloor
There are a few different things that you can do to remove stains from your subfloor. It all depends on the type of stain and what kind of subfloor that you have. It’s important to remember, however, that no matter what you do, you probably won’t be able to get all of the stains out of the flooring. You will probably be able to get about 20% of the stains out, but after that the rest of them are going to be permanent. This is unavoidable with any kind of flooring, but especially with wood flooring since it is porous.
The first thing that you can try is using a black light. If you have a black light handy then you can shine it on the stains and see which ones are old stains and which ones are new stains. The new stains will illuminate under the black light while the old stains will not. Just be careful not to get too close to the black light since it can actually damage your eyes.
The second thing that you can try is using either a steam cleaner or a wet/dry vacuum. These tools are useful because they can pull out debris that is stuck in the grooves of your flooring. The problem with this method is that you need to do it pretty quickly. You can’t leave the vacuum on one spot for too long or you are going to damage the flooring.
The third thing that you can try is using a dry chemical like sawdust and gently rubbing it into the stain. Once you do this, you will need to use a cloth or something similar to wipe off all of the excess sawdust. After you do this, take a look at the stain. If some of the sawdust is gone then you know that you have pulled some of the dirt out of the flooring. You can then take this process one step further by using a wet cloth or rag to wipe off the remaining sawdust and moisture.
The fourth thing that you can try is using a dry chemical like TSP. You will need to mix this with hot water in order to create a cleaning solution. The advantage of this is that it breaks down the stains, but the disadvantage of this is that it also breaks down the wood flooring a little bit. So you might need to replace it with new wood flooring after you are done cleaning.
The fifth thing that you can try is a chemical like oxalic acid. This chemical is strong enough to break down the stain and also break down the wood flooring a little bit.
Sources & references used in this article:
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- Subfloor damper and spill container (TL Daw, DF Procter, KD Moss – US Patent 5,180,331, 1993 – Google Patents)
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- Subfloor monitoring of Shady Grove dairy liquid manure holding pond (J Oliver, J Meyer, W Fairbank, J Rible – California Agriculture, 1974 – calag.ucanr.edu)