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Old 08-28-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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Cat/dog urine smells on wood floor/wood wall

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Ok, we are in the last stage of closing on a house that was originally built in 1905. It has it's original (pine?) wood floors. It looks like all the drywall has been stripped in the living/dining area, and the wood paneling has been stained and clear coated.

The problem is, the whole house reeks of cat/dog urine.

My husband and I want to sand the floors smooth and restain them. We're not sure what we want to do with the walls quite yet.

Recommendations? I was thinking of starting with a homemade cleaner a friend gave me, then if that doesn't work, (and I'm pretty sure it won't) use an enzyme cleaner and then Zinssers BIN primer, for the walls anyway. I have no idea what to do with the flooring.

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Old 08-28-2012, 08:23 PM   #2
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You're on the right track with a difficult problem. Identifying where the problem really is will be needed.
Good idea on the enzime treatment and the BIN on walls. The floor might be a bit more challenging, so try and figure out where- and if it has seeped through the floor...


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washing with white vinegar will neutralize the urine. then seal it.
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Use enzymes and bacteria to eat the urine. Changing its Ph with vinegar only works temporarily and the smell is likely to come back. Do not seal until you have resolved the problem.

Unfortunately you really have to saturate affected areas thoroughly and the moisture is going to do your wood no favors at all. Expect a fair amount of damage to something soft like pine floors.

I hope you built the possibility of replacing the floors into your bid.

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