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Old 01-21-2012, 03:18 PM   #1
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Not sure if this is the right section to put this, but I'll see. We are looking to buy a fixer upper house for a rental. It has really bad animals smells. Will tearing out the carpet and replacing stained sub-flooring and any sheet-rocked walls that weren't sealed be enough to get rid of the smells. Or is it like cigarette odor that permeate everything and can never be gotten rid of. Thanks for you answers

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As a Realtor, I see houses like this all the time. In fact, just today I showed a house that must have been a puppymill. Every square inch of flooring, every baseboard and every single door trim has to go. It was so bad I could hardly breathe and yet the place has multiple offers on it.

If the subfloor is not badly stained you may get away with primer and paint

Be careful who you rent to. Maybe a damage deposit is in order when you become the landlord.

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As a Realtor, ... and yet the place has multiple offers on it.
Have you been in the houses after they were cleaned and restored for resale to know if the smell was completely gone?
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Yes. If the smell is from aminals defecating on the floor then when the flooring goes out the smell goes with it. If the subfloor is stained there are products like spray nine that will eliminated bacteria before you prime.

A good scrubbing over other surfaces is in order as well
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Yes. If the smell is from aminals defecating on the floor then when the flooring goes out the smell goes with it. If the subfloor is stained there are products like spray nine that will eliminated bacteria before you prime.

A good scrubbing over other surfaces is in order as well
Thank you for your help. Its sounding doable. What about the ceiling and kitchen/bathroom drawer/cupboards etc. the hard to scrub area. How does one get the smell out of them? Cigarette smoke smell is impossible to get rid of in some of those areas. What about the animal smells?
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Looking to buy a house for rental investment. It has terrible animal smells. After ripping out the carpet, cutting out any marked subfloor and washing down the walls is there a recommended primer to use on floor, walls ,and ceiling. Also what would be the best cleaner to wash it down with? With pet odors will I have to deal with smells in the nooks and cranies of kitchens and bathroom like one does with cigarette smells?
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All I know about paint and smells is that only silver paint covers odors. That being said, I havn't a clue.
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The tried and true answer is BIN, a shellac - alcohol solvent based primer. Nasty to work with- but it will get the job done.
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And to add to that confusion, Peerless, Service Master, my main painter, and myself all use Zinzeer 123.
That Bins was like painting with milk.
Your biggest problum may be the smell in the air ducts.
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BIN is what you want
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Not sure if this is the right section to put this, but I'll see. We are looking to buy a fixer upper house for a rental. It has really bad animals smells. Will tearing out the carpet and replacing stained sub-flooring and any sheet-rocked walls that weren't sealed be enough to get rid of the smells. Or is it like cigarette odor that permeate everything and can never be gotten rid of. Thanks for you answers
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Not sure if this is the right section to put this, but I'll see. We are looking to buy a fixer upper house for a rental. It has really bad animals smells. Will tearing out the carpet and replacing stained sub-flooring and any sheet-rocked walls that weren't sealed be enough to get rid of the smells. Or is it like cigarette odor that permeate everything and can never be gotten rid of. Thanks for you answers
What I'm going to suggest to you is the best thing I've used in situations like this. I use an Alcohol Based Primer from Sherwin Williams. The BIN that Chrisn shows above is perfect. My Grandmother smoked in her house for decades without repainting and after she passed I had the job of selling the house. It smelled HORRIBLE. I used an alcohol based product and it covered the tar build up and stench like a dream. After the primer I applied two coats of finish paint and it looked amazing. (wear an approved paint mask and go out for fresh air frequently)
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BIN and nothing else for your first coat. Prime everything. Ceiling, walls and trim.
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Your biggest problum may be the smell in the air ducts.
Thank you for cluing us in. We are researching to see what that would entail now.

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