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tpbaltimore 06-30-2008 11:55 AM

laminate/pet odor/hardwood dilemma
We own a house with laminate floors, that has a terrible cat odor smell. The cleaning company thinks we will need to tear up the laminate and have the subfloor sealed. We also think there is hardwood under linoleum, under the laminate. What is the best thing to do? Seal the subfloor and replace the laminate, or take it all up and hope we can restore the hardwood?

comp 06-30-2008 02:36 PM

my brother is using a enzime (sp) spray he got at the pet store

26yrsinflooring 06-30-2008 11:58 PM

Get as much of the the offending flooring out of the house, check the walls and closets, cats will spray in the corners and they seem to love door casings.

Use baking soda, get it by the container. Saturate any area you cannot remove with it let it sit for a few days sweep it, mop it and do it again, then remove the soda and Kiltz it, then before you install floors again hit it more baking soda.
If the smell is on the walls it may take some drywall repair, the gypsum in drywall is like a sponge when moisture hits it will retain smells and mildew unless eradicated.

You have your work cut out for you. I am sure there are others with more to offer and perhaps a better solution.
Good luck!

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