If your precious poodle puts a puddle on your porcelain floor, no amount of air freshener alone is going to save you if guests pop in for a visit. You have to clean it up quickly. Luckily, Fifi chose well: A hard tile surface fends off urine odor like nobody's business.
Place several paper towels down on the urine spot. Press the paper towel with the ball of a gloved hand or with your shoe to soak up the urine into the paper towel. Repeat as necessary with fresh, clean paper towels until the urine is removed from the floor.
Mix equal parts of white distilled vinegar and water, then pour the mixture onto the tile floor. Let it sit on the urine stain for up to 10 minutes.
Use a clean sponge, mop or paper towels to mop up the water and vinegar, then rinse thoroughly with clean water.
Toss your paper towels outside in the trash; they'll soon stink in your kitchen trash bin.
- Vinegar and water works best when the stain is cleaned up immediately.
- Don't pour straight vinegar on grout, as it can damage the grout.
Elle Smith has been an advertising professional for more than 25 years. Her work for ABC, CBS and Sony Pictures Television has appeared on radio, on air, in print and outdoors. In addition, Smith has more than 20 years experience in marketing, graphic arts, commercial photography and print production, and is a licensed real estate agent with property management certification in California.