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Old 12-10-2010, 07:58 AM   #16
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We had this problem with our rental, the urine was even in the dry wall. We ended up spraying the enzyme stuff AND repainting. Worked like a charm.
Belt and suspenders approach. I like it.

I own some rentals in the inner city. It's not easy being a slumlord. When deadbeat tenants move out (and I've had my share over the years) sometimes the place looks like hogs have lived there. Painting the unit is a given, sometimes with 123 or kilz as a primer to settle the filth and stank.

If they aren't ruined, heavy carpet cleaning always is in order, sometimes using a rotary floor polisher with a mop head. Surprising what miracles that little trick can do.

Then 2-3 sprayings of Odor gone and it's ready for the next one.


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Old 12-10-2010, 08:52 AM   #17
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We had this problem with our rental, the urine was even in the dry wall. We ended up spraying the enzyme stuff AND repainting. Worked like a charm.
That's encouraging! Went to a janitorial supply house and got a gallon of Airx 66 Bio-Enzymatic Odor Digester. I have to finish scraping of the residual fuzz/foam under layment that was under the carpet and is stuck to the floor. Won't take long. Then I'll sweep and vacuum and lay down a spray coat of this stuff. I'll update.
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Old 12-11-2010, 04:32 PM   #18
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My wife & I once had a cat that was spraying in the house. We tried to stay on top of it, but every once in a while the cat would get a spot we weren't aware of, & the odor would permeate to where we could smell it but not find it. She bought & tried all the stuff that was "supposed to get rid of odors" & "be the best at it" but a lot of times were disappointed in an expensive & useless product.

She finally read somewhere that the best method & also the cheapest is to use hydrogen peroxide. Yes, the same stuff that you use to clean a cut & costs like $1 a bottle. We used it on the rug & it worked. I also used it on the back seat of my car after another cat got locked in the garage for 2 days & used my car as a litter box. I thought I would have to have the seat reupholstered, but no, it never had a trace of urine odor.

Read it here if you don't believe it....

http://www.foodgradeh2o2.com/article...-from-carpets/

Even if all the other suggestions work well & will get rid of the smell, why not try a cheap way first. I'd just pour it all over the floor where the odor & stains are, cover it with plastic so it doesn't evaporate too fast, then see how it is in a day or so.
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Old 12-11-2010, 05:52 PM   #19
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That's encouraging! Went to a janitorial supply house and got a gallon of Airx 66 Bio-Enzymatic Odor Digester. I have to finish scraping of the residual fuzz/foam under layment that was under the carpet and is stuck to the floor. Won't take long. Then I'll sweep and vacuum and lay down a spray coat of this stuff. I'll update.
I was very pleased this AM when I walked in on the job site. No hint of urine smell on the first floor. On the second floor in the two rooms that I sprayed, you couldn't smell anything other than the sort of citrus smell of the the Airx 66. It just took one application - one spray bottle (pint) per room. I made sure the floors got wet. Enzyme base solution kicks ass.
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Old 12-12-2010, 04:08 AM   #20
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Give it a day or three and keep sniffin. A second application may be required.

For what it's worth I was told by a carpet cleaner to spray extra into the corners and baseboard edges. He said cats and dogs usually do their business there rather than the middle of the room.

I usually treat the whole carpet anyway.

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Old 12-12-2010, 07:09 AM   #21
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Give it a day or three and keep sniffin. A second application may be required.

For what it's worth I was told by a carpet cleaner to spray extra into the corners and baseboard edges. He said cats and dogs usually do their business there rather than the middle of the room.

I usually treat the whole carpet anyway.
Gotcha. Carpet is all gone. Actually, all upstairs, I have removed even the old baseboard due to modifications such as knocking out walls/expanding bathroom. On the exterior walls, I plan on fixing furring strips and adding Tuff R in between, which has a modest R value of 5. This, I believe is the best I can do under the circumstances since I do not want to stud up these walls. Still, I've done this in the past in some of my apartments and it really does make a difference. It's amazing what sort of thermal loss occurs against brick/plaster walls with no insulation.

I will do a second application just to make sure. I am really happy with the results using this product.
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I have to caution the DIYer's and those posting about fixing up a house and flipping. I've always owned my own home and am renting for a year. We moved into a home that had been completely remodeled - new carpeting, floors redone, .... Even though the floors had been "redone" we could still see the spots where the previous owners animals had gone to the bathroom. We weren't buying the home so didn't care about the occasional dark stain but we did move in with our animals who have NEVER had problems with bathroom issues. IN fact, we stayed in a hotel for 3 weeks with no issues at all. Once we brought them into the home, one of our animals went right to a specific spot on the new carpet, smelled it, and immediately urinated on it. We found out that the landlord tore up old carpeting and pad during the remodel but did not clean with a proper urine eliminator before putting down new pads and carpeting. Ditto on the wood floor where they did some basic sanding and put new shellac on the floor. We can't even use the dining room because of our animals repeated use in the spot previously used by the animals of the last owner/renter. We now have to re-sand the floor and do what should have been done before. We are going to try SCOE 10X and see if that does the trick. It is definitely a situation of it should have been done correctly the first time. Learn from our landlord's mistakes.
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I have to caution the DIYer's and those posting about fixing up a house and flipping. I've always owned my own home and am renting for a year. We moved into a home that had been completely remodeled - new carpeting, floors redone, .... Even though the floors had been "redone" we could still see the spots where the previous owners animals had gone to the bathroom. We weren't buying the home so didn't care about the occasional dark stain but we did move in with our animals who have NEVER had problems with bathroom issues. IN fact, we stayed in a hotel for 3 weeks with no issues at all. Once we brought them into the home, one of our animals went right to a specific spot on the new carpet, smelled it, and immediately urinated on it. We found out that the landlord tore up old carpeting and pad during the remodel but did not clean with a proper urine eliminator before putting down new pads and carpeting. Ditto on the wood floor where they did some basic sanding and put new shellac on the floor. We can't even use the dining room because of our animals repeated use in the spot previously used by the animals of the last owner/renter. We now have to re-sand the floor and do what should have been done before. We are going to try SCOE 10X and see if that does the trick. It is definitely a situation of it should have been done correctly the first time. Learn from our landlord's mistakes.
Caution understood. I resolved my problems with the Buy/Fix/Flip. Shortly there after, I ran into another nearly insurmountable problem with a tenant who had 3 cats. The cats had been urinating in corners of the carpeted 2 story apartment unbeknownst to me. The carpet/pad was only 2 years old. The stench was unbelievable. I don't know how she could stand living there. I had to rip out all of the carpet, neutralized the smell that had permeated the wood floor and base boards. Luckily, the floors - once nice hardwood floors had a residual layer of shellac or similar coating on them. That is what saved my butt. The urine never penetrated the wood. Yellow pine is the worst wood for absorbing urine and other stains. It was a commonly used flooring material at the turn of the 19th century and well into 20 century here in Southern PA. It was used in all of the less expensive housing for the emerging middle class. I waited 2 weeks before re-carpeting. Just to make sure the smell had been eliminated. Total cost came to nearly 3K. No more cats!
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Caution understood. I resolved my problems with the Buy/Fix/Flip. Shortly there after, I ran into another nearly insurmountable problem with a tenant who had 3 cats. The cats had been urinating in corners of the carpeted 2 story apartment unbeknownst to me. The carpet/pad was only 2 years old. The stench was unbelievable. I don't know how she could stand living there. I had to rip out all of the carpet, neutralized the smell that had permeated the wood floor and base boards. Luckily, the floors - once nice hardwood floors had a residual layer of shellac or similar coating on them. That is what saved my butt. The urine never penetrated the wood. Yellow pine is the worst wood for absorbing urine and other stains. It was a commonly used flooring material at the turn of the 19th century and well into 20 century here in Southern PA. It was used in all of the less expensive housing for the emerging middle class. I waited 2 weeks before re-carpeting. Just to make sure the smell had been eliminated. Total cost came to nearly 3K. No more cats!
ARGH! That is so frustrating!...and ruins it for future tenants who are responsible pet owners. My landlord didn't want to rent to a tenant with animals because of the damage done to the property by the previous owner/tenant. I offered to pay more per month and he agreed. I felt comfortable knowing my animals' habits. I am so overwhelmed with the residual issues from before we moved in. I had no idea it had not been taken care of properly....but, now, it's my problem. Like you, I wonder how on earth they could live in a home where animals were allowed to do such things.

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