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Removing Urine Stains From Hardwood Floors

Disclaimer: I’m not a flooring specialist but this method worked for me when I refinished the hardwood floors in our home.

Ever since I had published the post about my Hardwood Floors Refinishing Experience, I’ve received lots of questions about how I tackled pet urine stains.

Hardwood floor refinish

This stain was the largest (it’s the only photo I have) and the hardest to remove. Honestly, I didn’t have much hope for it to work on this stain. Additionally, I had two smaller urine stains. My next step would have been to simply replace some of the damaged boards. So I had nothing to lose but to try the hydrogen peroxide method first.

hardwood floors

Here’s the same stain after I sanded. I was able to remove a lot, but not all of it.

removing urine stains from floors

After soaking the stain in peroxide, this was the result. It’s not perfect but good enough for me. Perhaps longer soaking periods would have removed the stain entirely, but I was running out of time and needed to seal the floors. I don’t expect my 47-year-old floors to look perfect, anyway. Besides, this area is covered by a rug.

Also, I did not stain my floors. I assume a dark stain would have covered up whatever urine stain was left, but I wanted my floors as natural looking as possible so I skipped any dark stain and only used a sealer.

removing stains from hardwood floors

This was the area with the two minor urine stains. Nothing is left.

Here’s what I did:

After I sanded the floors, I tried a very simple home remedy. I soaked a clean cloth with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution and placed it on the stain. I covered the cloth with plastic wrap. This kept it from drying out. At first, I checked on the stain every hour or so. But because this stain was so dark and large, I left the cloth overnight. For the smaller stains, an hour was enough.

hardwood floor refinish

In conclusion, if you aren’t looking for “perfect” floors, give this method a try. Replacing boards is neither simple nor cheap. My floors are old and full of ‘character’… and that’s what I love most about them.

Iconic T-Shirt & Thrift Store Jeans

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logo shirt

logo shirt

sweetheart jeans

canvas sneakers

Logo shirt

logo shirt

Years ago, I lived in New York. Fresh out of my German high school, I enrolled in an Au Pair program, which led me to the Big Apple. Boy, did I love the city! For an entire year, I explored and explored. I couldn’t get enough of this place… it was almost like a drug that always pulled me back in. I needed to see everything.

This summer, my daughter Christy interned in New York. She, too, fell in love with the city that never sleeps. Guess where she is moving after college?

For now, Christy is back in college…ready to take on her senior year. Before she left New York, I asked her to get me the iconic I LOVE NY t-shirt. I had one just like that back in the days. It was one of my favorite t-shirts and I wore into the ground.

With summer winding down, it’s time for long pants again. I’ve missed them. We can wear them again without dying of a heat stroke. I paired the logo shirt with a pair of Old Navy Sweetheart jeans I found at Goodwill. (similar jeans here).  I love everything about these jeans. I love the length, the wash, the price ($1 crazy, right?!) and the slight flare. They’re also stretchy and soft. Raise your hand if you’re starting to get tired of skinny jeans?

I don’t like to wear anything too crazy and prefer sticking to more subtle tones. I also love worn-in belts and have worn them since  middle school. The Mad Love white lace up canvas sneakers add a nice classic touch and look better once they’ve acquired a little grit.

Do you like logo shirts? Have a great week! xo Sabine

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

chocolate avocado mousse

How is everyone doing after the epic eclipse day? Nashville was in the path of totality and I thought the entire event was just magical. Time stood still for a couple of minutes and I’m so grateful for this experience. It kind of makes you realize how small we are in the big scheme of things.

Last week, I made this chocolate avocado mousse with a crunchy coconut topping and base. It was the perfect snack after work. Cold, creamy, easy to make, good for you, and tasty.

The base ingredient for this recipe is : avocado. Avocados are packed with nutrients such as vitamins, healthy fats, and fiber.

This recipe is light and rich at the same time and only requires a few ingredients. It makes a yummy snack or dessert.

chocolate avocado mousse

These recycled glass baby jars are perfect for storing snacks and desserts.

 

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Ingredients:

Crunchy Coconut Base and Topping

1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 cup some honey , agave, or maple syrup

 

Avocado Mousse

2 avocados

2 frozen bananas

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup honey

1/4  cup melted coconut oil

 

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

1/4 cup cocoa powder

 

Directions:

Combine coconut base and topping ingredients and fill base of jars.

Mix ingredients for avocado mousse. I used my blender.

Top base with half of mousse.

Add cocoa powder to remaining mousse. Blend and add to jars.

Top mousse with remaining coconut topping.

Leave in fridge for at least one hour. Overnight is best.