Pets don’t often realize the difference between going to potty outside vs. going on your deck, which happens to be technically outside of their normal living space. The best-behaved dog may even find the idea of an outdoor living area confusing, so you’re not alone if your dog goes out on the deck. We do have a few ideas to clean pet odors from your deck, though.
Most pet owners know the struggle of trying to keep your deck clean when the family pets continue messing it up. Repeated potty incidents can lead to staining and make your wooden deck smell of urine and feces. Most people do not know the correct way to clean their deck once it has been soiled by our lovely furry friends. Not to worry we are going to tell you how to clean pet odors from your deck now.
Vinegar Does Double Duty
Vinegar is amazing in cleaning pretty much anything, but it is wonderful on wooden decks. It does two different things at the same time:
- Deodorize and sanitize. If you mix the solution correctly you can do both in one easy and simple step.
o Prepare two gallons of warm water and mix in half a gallon of vinegar. Stir to combine these two ingredients thoroughly.
o Use a stiff brush of any sort to appy the solution and scrub the area.
o Rinse thoroughly.
o Reapply the solution and allow it to remain on the deck for 30 minutes.
o Rinse the solution away.
- Repeat this cleaning method whenever necessary.
Use Baking Soda for Easy Cleaning
The method of using baking soda is the easiest of them all and requires little effort. Simply sprinkle baking soda on the areas that need cleaned and deodorized. Lightly wet the area and then leave on the deck for at least thirty minutes. Scrub with a stiff brush and then rinse the deck off. Voila, you have a perfectly cleaned deck. You can repeat this cleaning method as often as necessary.
Bleach – for When Nothing Else Works
Some stains and odors are very stubborn, especially if they’ve been present for a lengthy period of time. If you have the most stubborn of stenches and stains, bleach will be your best friend. Always remember to wear gloves to protect your skin from the bleach.
- Mix two gallons of warm water with a half-gallon of bleach.
- Apply to the area that needs cleaning and then scrub with a stiff brush.
- Wait 10-15 minutes and then rinse the solution off the deck.
The bleach solution will not only clean and deodorize but it will remove mold and mildew as well.
We wish you the best of luck if you’re contending with pet odors on your deck. We hope this information has been helpful, and that you now know how to effectively clean pet odors on your deck. Protect the surface from future soiling by using a quality sealant to seal out moisture and help prevent future pet stains.
Do you have another method of cleaning pet odors from your deck? Share them with us here, please! We would love to hear how you keep your deck looking great year-round.