How To Remove Urine Stains And Odors From Vinyl Flooring

Posted on: 3 December 2014

Vinyl flooring is an affordable and easy to care for option. Unfortunately, when installed in the bathroom, the vinyl can become stained with urine. Here, you will learn how to remove the urine stains and odors from the vinyl flooring in your bathroom.

To clean urine from your vinyl flooring you will need:

  • Paper towels
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Dishwashing soap
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Mop
  • Towels
  • Vacuum

Step 1: Soak up fresh urine using paper towels. Lay the paper towels over the area and let them absorb the moisture from the flooring. Replace the paper towels as many times as are necessary to absorb all of the wet urine from the flooring.

Note: Do not attempt to flush the paper towels down the toilet or you will find an even bigger mess to clean up. Dispose of them in your trash instead.

Step 2: Mix 4 tablespoons of liquid dish soap and ½ cup of white vinegar in a bucket of hot water. This mixture will not only clean the urine from the floor, but it will also remove the odor that is absorbed into the surface of the vinyl flooring.

Step 3: Use a mop or old cleaning cloths to clean the floor with the mixture. If your bathroom is small and has many tight corners around the toilet, you would do best to wear a pair of rubber gloves and clean the floor by hand. This will help you get all of the nooks and crannies where the urine has flowed clean.

Note: Do not leave the cleaning rag or mop over-saturated. You do not want the floor to be flooded with cleaning water. Instead, leave the mop or cleaning rag damp and go over the area a few times to remove the stains.

Step 4: Empty your bucket and rinse it out well. Refill it with clean, hot water to rinse the floor with. Using a clean mop or clean cleaning rags, rinse the floor well.

Step 5: Use a clean towel to dry the floor completely. If you cannot get the floor to dry completely using the towel, place a fan in the doorway to circulate the air and dry it that way. You want it to be completely dry before moving on to the next step.

Step 6: Sprinkle baking soda onto the area. Allow the baking soda to sit on the floor overnight to fully absorb the odors that may be left behind. In the morning, sweep the excess baking soda into a dustpan and use your vacuum to suck up the rest. Examine the flooring and if you notice any stains remaining, complete the process once more.

Completing this process regularly can help keep your bathroom smelling fresh and your vinyl flooring looking great. For more information on flooring, visit Apex Floor Coverings.