It is common for dogs to get into accidents, and accidentally getting wood stain on their fur is just a regular day for canines. Learn how you can safely remove wood stain from dog fur. Find alternative methods for improving fur quality, too.
How To Get Wood Stain Off Dog Fur
Wood stain is often applied to fences and porches because of the instant improvement they give to planks and beams. Unlike varnish, however, wood stain is designed to go past the surface of the wood. Instead, it deeply penetrates the wood to give a deeper color that shows immediately when used.
What must you do when your dog gets into your wood stain site and gets some of it on the fur?
How Do You Get Wood Stain Out of Dog Fur?
Dogs, cats, and other pets are prone to zooming around and getting into bad situations, especially when applying substances to surfaces.
Wood Stain Removal
Follow these guidelines and tips for removing wood stains from dog fur.
- Substances like wood stain and paint can be incredibly persistent if they are not removed immediately from animal fur. Therefore, removing the wood stain quickly should be a top priority. Do not wait for even an hour before removing the wood stain. Instead, begin the process as soon as your spot the problem.
- The goal is to remove the wood stain before it cures and settles. The curing process involves the evaporation or dissipation of the solvent and the final curing of the binder and pigment.
- For best results, use pure mineral oil to remove the wood stain. If you can’t find mineral oil, use any pure vegetable oil in your kitchen. Apply the mineral oil generously on the stained portion of your dog’s fur and massage it gently to reach all the strands affected by the stain. You will notice after that the oil will be loosening the stain, and it will begin to spread slightly. Just keep massaging the area with mineral oil.
- The next step is the most critical for completely removing the stain. Grab a dish soap that doesn’t have fragrance and other fancy chemicals, and apply it directly to the stain. Next, spray water over the area and create the strongest lather that you can over the color. Use warm water and wear gloves because this is going to take a while.
Continue lathering the area until you see the wood stain lift from the fur. In the beginning, the smell will be powerful because most of the wood stain will be removed. Get a showerhead ready with warm water and aim the water directly at the stained spot. Pat the area and see how much of the stain has been removed.
- A single rinse is often insufficient for removing the wood stain on fur. Consider yourself lucky if the stain fades about fifty percent. Dry the area and use mineral oil again to loosen the chemical from the fur. Proceed with rinsing. You may repeat rinsing until the majority of the wood stain has finally be removed.
Depending on the brand of wood stain you used, this process may not work ultimately. If the damage on the fur is too much, your best bet is to clip the affected hair away.
It will take a while before the fur is restored to its former glory, but this is a much better state than having a wood stain on your dog’s skin. Another risk is that your dog may end up licking the spot recently because of the strong smell, increasing the risk of wood stain poisoning.
If you are unsure about using a specialized clipper on your dog, set an appointment with a professional groomer so an expert can remove the stain. There are no guarantees that your dog’s fur will survive without being clipped, but at least you know they’re going to do what they can (at a professional level) to remove the stain.
Enhancing Fur Brightness/Whiteness
Let’s say that your dog’s fur has seen better days, and your dog also happens to be blond or white. What do you do after removing the wood stain? Your dog is likely less than pristine in appearance. You can continue restoring and brightening your dog’s fur through a variety of techniques.
- Invest in brightening or clarifying dog shampoos. There are several types, and the high-strength versions can be used for fur that needs more help. Some brightening shampoos block the oranges and reds in fur, which means they can be used in dogs that are not purely blond or white.
- Bathe your dog in a tub with baking soda. Add the right amount for the water level, and let your dog soak in the solution for a few minutes. Then, rinse as usual and check if the baking powder was able to bleach your dog’s fur naturally.
- There is also a dry method for brightening fur. Begin by brushing your dog’s fur to loosen any existing dirt and contaminants. Then, powder your dog with some cornstarch afterward and touch it again. The cornstarch should take care of both moist and dry contaminants in the fur. The cornstarch will not bleach your dog’s fur, but it will help keep it clean.
Pros and Cons and Using Wood Stain
Wood stain is primarily used for enhancing the appearance of the wooden grain. It also improves the color palette of the plank, as well as enhances its tone. Wood stain products have been around for many centuries, but it was only in the last century that we understood how wood stains, varnishes, and paints could affect the health of humans and pets.
The main advantage of using wood stain is that it provides instant a visual enhancement to wood, so if you are trying to upgrade your porch or fences, it can quickly improve. On the downside, wood stains contain binders, solvents, and pigments that can harm pets. This being the case, you have to make sure that your pets are nowhere near your worksite when applying wood stain.