No matter how well-trained your dog is, they are likely going to have an accident at one point or another. Most puppies have an accident at least once when they are potty training, especially if they are a smaller breed. Their bladders are simply not very large, which leads to them needing to relieve themselves more often.
If you adopt your dog as an adult, then they may still have an accident at one point or another. UTIs and similar problems often lead to accidents. And, as your dog gets older, they may lose the ability to hold their bladder.
Either way, if you own a dog, it is best to be prepared with a floor cleaner. There are two main types of cleaners: those for carpet and those for hard floors. If you have tile, then you’re looking for a cleaner in this latter category.
As dog owners, we know just how important a functioning tile floor cleaner is. Therefore, we’ve reviewed 11 of our favorites to help you choose the best option for your needs.
A Quick Overview of Our Favorites in 2023
|Best Overall||Hepper Advanced Bio-Enzyme Pet Stain & Odor Eliminator Spray||
|Budget Buy||Aunt Fannie’s Vinegar Wash Concentrate Lavender||
|Cedarcide Peppermint Essential Oil All-Purpose Cleaner||
|Aunt Fannie’s Vinegar Wash Concentrate Eucalyptus Floor Cleaner||
|OdoBan No-Rinse Neutral pH Floor Cleaner||
The 11 Best Tile Floor Cleaners for Dog Urine
1. Hepper Bio Enzymatic Pet Stain & Odor Eliminator – Best Overall
When your dog makes a mess in the house, you may be accustomed to reaching for the commercial cleaner. Tile and carpet cleaners are often overloaded with fragrances and unpleasant chemicals, and some may not remove the odor or stain entirely. With Hepper’s Bio Enzymatic Pet Stain and Odor Eliminator, you can remove the most unpleasant stains and odors without filling your home with chemical fragrances. Hepper’s spray has a neutral odor, and it works on floors, carpets, fabrics, and furniture.
Unlike the standard carpet cleaners, Hepper’s stain remover uses an enzymatic formula to penetrate the stain and eliminate the potent smell. The Enzymatic cleaner is invaluable when your dog is marking indoors because it will remove the urine’s scent to discourage urinating in the same area. Whether your pet drools, defecates, urinates, or vomits in your home, the Bio Enzymatic will take care of the mess and unruly odors.
It’s an easy choice to top our list of best tile cleaners for dog pee.
2. Aunt Fannie’s Vinegar Wash Concentrate Lavender – Budget Buy
Aunt Fannie’s Vinegar Wash Concentrate Lavender is made using only natural ingredients and features a lavender scent. This formula is completely pet-friendly and doesn’t require any rinsing. You simply mop your floor with it and then leave it alone.
The main active ingredient in this cleaner is vinegar. As a very effective cleaner, vinegar is a great option for removing urine odors. However, not everyone can stand the smell of vinegar and this formula does a good job of covering it up with lavender.
Plus, vinegar also naturally breaks down food, grease, and grime so on top of cleaning dog urine, you can also use it as an all-purpose cleaner. It can be used on just about any surface, including tile. The whole formula is plant-based and all-natural, so you don’t have to worry about introducing chemicals into your home.
Because it is so natural but works so well, we highly recommend this cleaner. It’s our pick for a budget-friendly cleaner!
3. Cedarcide Peppermint Essential Oil All-Purpose Cleaner
|Scent:||Peppermint Essential Oil|
Compared to other floor cleaners out there, the Cedarcide Peppermint Essential Oil All-Purpose Cleaner is quite expensive. However, it is very good at removing stains and smells caused by dog urine. Plus, it is completely natural and made mostly with essential oils. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about rinsing or potentially unsafe chemicals in your home. The formula is completely non-toxic and pet-safe.
It’s even environmentally friendly, so you can safely use it outside without injuring your yard.
This all-purpose formula is designed mostly for pets but you can also use it just about anywhere. If you’re looking to replace your usual cleaner with something effective on pet stains, this option is the one you need.
The peppermint scent is a bit different from what we usually find in cleaners. However, if you don’t like the usual citrus scents, then this cleaner may be a great option for you.
4. Aunt Fannie’s Vinegar Wash Concentrate Eucalyptus Floor Cleaner
The Aunt Fannie’s Vinegar Wash Concentrate Eucalyptus Floor Cleaner is very similar to our top pick. However, it has a slightly different scent and is also more expensive. Therefore, it may not be the best choice for all users. If you don’t care about the scent, then you probably just want to save money by choosing our top pick instead.
However, those that prefer the eucalyptus scent may not mind paying the extra $1 for it. This product isn’t that much more expensive, after all.
This formula requires absolutely no rinsing. Therefore, you can simply mop with it once and be done! You don’t have to mop again to rinse, in other words. You can safely use this formula on a wide range of different surfaces, including tile and sealed hardwood. It does not contain any harsh chemicals, making it far safer than much of the competition.
It is completely pet-friendly (which is a good thing, since you probably have a dog if you’re reading this article).
Plus, we also like that this formula is completely made in the USA.
5. OdoBan No-Rinse Neutral pH Floor Cleaner
Another favorite of ours is the OdoBan No-Rinse Neutral pH Floor Cleaner. It is designed to neutralize the pH of the urine, which helps fight the smell and remove stains. It works on just about everything from urine to dirt to vomit. If you have a dog, this cleaner is a great option to have on stand-by for all those messes.
It works on just about any hard surface as well, including tile. You can also use it on countertops, sinks, and glass. The neutral pH doesn’t harm finishes and leaves surfaces shiny. It is not a tough cleaner thanks to its pH technology and it doesn’t include any harmful chemicals.
This cleaner does have a citrus scent. While scented cleaners can sometimes be a bit much, the scent on this cleaner is very subtle and well-liked by most.
6. Aunt Fannie’s Vinegar Wash Concentrate Bright Lemon Floor Cleaner
Just like all the other Aunt Fannie’s cleaners, Aunt Fannie’s Vinegar Wash Concentrate Bright Lemon Floor Cleaner is designed to be an all-natural cleaner. Its main ingredient is vinegar, which is tough on dog urine odors and stains. It breaks down all sorts so grime and dirt very quickly, allowing you to clean with less elbow grease. While it is specifically designed for pet messes, we found that this was an effective cleaner for just about anything.
You can use it on tile, linoleum, sealed stone, and more. It works well on most hard surfaces, but you cannot use it for carpets.
This formula does not require any rinsing. It is completely non-toxic and safe for pets to be around. Plus, it doesn’t include any harsh chemicals, so you don’t have to worry about the potential health effects.
With that said, we rated this cleaner a bit lower than others by the same brand because we saw a few complaints about the smell. It is a bit more overpowering than the other options, so we only recommend it if you really like lemon.
7. Cedercide Lavender Essential Oil All-Purpose Cleaner
If you’ve read through this review thus far, you’ve likely noticed that the Cedercide Lavender Essential Oil All-Purpose Cleaner looks a lot like our premium pick. It is made by the same company and has a very similar formula. However, we found more complaints about the lavender smell. It smells more “processed” than other options and not like the gentle lavender many users expected. Therefore, we rated it lower than our premium pick.
However, with the smell aside, this cleaner is very effective. You can use it on nearly all surfaces. While it is designed for pet odors and stains, it is also marketed as an all-natural cleaner and you can effectively use it on just about anything.
It is made with completely natural ingredients and essential oils. Because it is natural, it is also non-toxic and doesn’t include any harsh chemicals. We found it to be very safe for both pets and children.
8. Cedercide Lemongrass Essential Oil All-Purpose Cleaner
Of course, you probably recognize this cleaner too. Like other cleaners by this brand, the Cedercide Lemongrass Essential Oil All-Purpose Cleaner is a great option. It is designed as a pet-focused cleaner. However, it is also billed as an all-purpose cleaner, so you could technically use it as both. It is all-natural and doesn’t feature any harsh chemicals, either.
In fact, it is a great option for those with pets and small children. You don’t have to worry about any harsh chemicals. This formula may be a great option for those with health problems, since it doesn’t include the harsher ingredients that other cleaners do.
We liked that this cleaner was handmade in the USA which means that it has to follow strict quality control standards.
With that said, users did not rank this scent as highly as the others so we ranked it lower. It is still a great option and costs the same as the other scents by this brand. However, the scent just isn’t as refreshing as the other options we’ve mentioned.
9. Nature’s Miracle Hard Floor Stain & Odor Remover
Nature’s Miracle Hard Floor Stain & Odor Remover features enzymes that are specifically designed to breakdown the bacteria that cause odors. Therefore, it is quite effective at removing dog urine odor and stains. It doesn’t just cover up the smell—it literally destroys it.
This formula is also specifically designed for hard floors and surfaces. Therefore, it should work great on most tiles. No rinsing is required—you simply spray and wipe. You can use it on a range of surfaces as long as they are hard and it even works on long-set stains and odors.
With that said, this formula is not natural. It does work, but it contains harsher chemicals than other options out there. Therefore, it is not our favorite cleaner for this reason. If you have health problems or similar issues, we recommend that you choose a different product.
While this odor remover does work, it isn’t necessarily the safest out there. Plus, it is also a bit more expensive than other options.
10. PetSafe Pet Loo Wee Care Enzyme Cleaner
The PetSafe Pet Loo Wee Care Enzyme Cleaner is specifically designed to eliminate and fight dog urine odors. It features a range of enzymes that are said to be non-toxic and safer than other options. Therefore, these enzymes should completely eliminate the bacteria that cause urine odors and stains. It literally eats the urine, in other words.
Plus, this formula is also non-toxic and 100% biodegradable. It is a bit safer than most other options out there, especially when it comes to the environment.
You can use this cleaner on practically any surface, including synthetic grass and even outdoor areas. It should work just fine on tile, though it is not specifically designed for hard surfaces.
With that said, we found that this cleaner just wasn’t as effective as other options out there. It is also a bit expensive, so you’re paying more for a cleaner that doesn’t work quite as well. For this reason, we just couldn’t rank this cleaner very highly.
11. Hoover Paws & Claws Multi-Surface Pet Cleaning Formula
The Hoover Paws & Claws Multi-Surface Pet Cleaning Formula is designed specifically for a hoover cleaning system but you don’t necessarily need one to use this formula. This cleaner does feature enzymes to help mop up bacteria, which is usually the cause of urine odors. It can also remove stains efficiently in that way.
You can use this formula on most sealed floors, including vinyl, hardwood, and tile. You don’t want to use it on unsealed floors, though as, it can damage them.
This formula is concentrated, which is both a good and bad thing. On one hand, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck. However, this also means that you have to do a bit of extra work upfront for the formula to be ready. You can’t just spray it directly on the stain. You have to water it down.
While you can use this without a machine, the directions are for a machine only. Therefore, it is a bit more difficult to use than other options simply because it doesn’t have clear instructions.
Buyer’s Guide – Finding the Right Tile Floor Cleaner
Choosing a tile cleaner for dog urine can be challenging largely because it is hard to tell effective cleaners apart from ineffective cleaners. You have to rely a lot on reviews like ours to determine which ones work best in most situations.
However, there are a few other metrics you need to keep in mind, too. Just because a cleaner works well in small amounts doesn’t mean it is the best cleaner for you. For instance, if a cleaner is very expensive, then it may be cheaper to buy a slightly less concentrated formula.
In this section, we’ll explain everything you need to know about these cleaners.
Enzymatic vs. Non-Enzymatic Formulas
You’ll hear words like “enzymatic” a lot when you’re looking for an effective cleaner. Enzymes are the new rage in the cleaner world.
Basically, enzymes are microscopic cleaners that literally eat bacteria, especially those that cause urine odors. Therefore, they can be very effective are eliminating odors. However, they are not the only effective options out there (or even the most effective).
Enzymes can be more dangerous than other options, as they are inherently toxic. If they are consumed, they will continue to work inside the body, which can be dangerous.
Many cleaners use more natural options, like vinegar, which is completely harmless but neutralizes most bacteria. If you have dogs and small children, a natural cleaner may be a better option simply because it is safer.
Cleaners can vary a lot in price. Some of them are extremely inexpensive and come in fairly large containers. Others are surprisingly expensive (or they may have the same price tag as other options, but be much smaller).
When determining how much a cleaner costs, it is vital that you pay attention to the size and price tag. Just because a cleaner has a cheaper price tag does not mean that it is actually cheaper. If the cleaner is smaller, then you may actually be paying more. Buying in bulk often saves you money.
More expensive cleaners are not always better cleaners. Many enzymatic cleaners are more expensive since they include enzymes that are more expensive to make. However, as we’ve discussed, enzymatic cleaners are not always the best option.
Only you know your budget, so choose a cleaner that you can safely afford. You can find some options for very cheap that work pretty well. Effectiveness is not usually linked to price in our experience.
Some cleaners are toxic, while others are not. We already mentioned that enzymatic cleaners tend to be less safe than other options. However, they aren’t the only potentially unsafe cleaners out there. On top of enzymatic cleaners, cleaners with tougher chemicals may also be classified as toxic. Usually, these cleaners require rinsing and need to be kept away from children and animals.
Often, you may need to quarantine the area while you use them, as they can harm smaller animals and people.
With that said, it is often easier to use a safer formula that doesn’t require all of the extra work that is often necessary.
Ease of Use
Most formulas are pretty easy to use. You just point, spray, and then you’re done! However, others require a few extra steps. For instance, concentrates need to be watered down or you can potentially mess up your floors. Most people have a spare spray bottle that they fill with the concentrate and appropriate amount of water. While this is pretty simple, it is an extra step (and you’ll have to have a spare spray bottle).
Similarly, others require rinsing. Usually, these are the more toxic options. If something can potentially harm passers-by, you’ll likely need to rinse it. This is another step. While it may not take very much time, it can be something extra that you don’t want to deal with.
Not all cleaners are made equal. If you are to choose the right one for you, it is vital that you pay attention to the toxicity, ease of use, and safety of the cleaner.
There are several cleaners that we like, but Hepper Advanced Bio-Enzyme Pet Stain & Odor Eliminator Spray is our favorite. It is non-toxic, doesn’t require any rinsing, and is very effective. If you’re looking for something to easily clean up dog urine, this option is great.
However, if you’re looking for something inexpensive, you can save a few dollars by choosing Aunt Fannie’s Vinegar Wash Concentrate Lavender. It doesn’t contain any chemicals and is pretty easy to use.
Hopefully, one of these options works great for your dog’s urine stains.
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