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Old 12-03-2011, 12:51 AM   #1
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I'm replacing the carpet in my newly acquired house, and I discovered that there is quite a bit of pet urine stains that seeped through the carpet and onto the underneath hardwood floors. I have a feeling that these urine stains have been here forever.

I still want carpeting in the room, but I don't know if I should replace the hardwood floors with something dirt cheap because the odor is very noticeable. What would you do?

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Old 12-03-2011, 06:32 AM   #2
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Unless they are really awful---clean and then seal in the odor with a product like Kilz---

If it's beyond that---cut out the bad sections and add 3/4" plywood to replace the missing hardwood--

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I ripped up my old carpeting only to find black dog urine stains all over the hardwood floors. I did want to keep the floors exposed so I rented a drum sander (keep moving or you'll make a trough) and, to my surprise, the black stain did not go down very far. I then sealed the floor and it looked great and the smell was gone. There was ONE spot where the black did go down far but I just accepted it. If you're going to recover with carpet you can do one of two things. You can use an odor-ban product (my chemist friend said it's meat tenderizer... the enzyme neutralizes the urine smell) or you can just seal the floor as was suggested above. Honestly, I had a rental where the woman was breeding dogs in the basement where she let them urinate on the concrete and I tried eveeything to get the odor out and the ONLY thing that worked was painting the floor and walls... Fast and cheap and it WORKS!
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my floors in question have these dimensions:

18"x13"
12 1/2" x 12"
12 1/2" x 9 1/2"

if i replaced these floors with the cheapest stuff out there (because i still want carpet), what costs am i looking at?
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Are they so bad that the must be totally removed?

If so--the subfloor under the hardwood might be all that is needed for carpet--or you could add a layer of new BC grade plywood over the top of the subfloor---(after the old hardwood is removed)

If you go the route of removing the old hardwood---let us know --someone here will help walk you through that process---
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Are they so bad that the must be totally removed?

If so--the subfloor under the hardwood might be all that is needed for carpet--or you could add a layer of new BC grade plywood over the top of the subfloor---(after the old hardwood is removed)

If you go the route of removing the old hardwood---let us know --someone here will help walk you through that process---
hi oh'mike,

i don't believe the entire flooring needs replacing. like you said, i might need to replace sections of it with the stains.

if i go the route of replacing entire floor with BC grade plywood, how much would it cost for my rooms with these dimensions?

18"x13"
12 1/2" x 12"
12 1/2" x 9 1/2"
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There are 32 square feet to a sheet(4x8)

Each sheet (1/2") costs about $20 ---plus the staples or nails or screws needed---

I haven't got the head for math this morning--but 10% waste is about normal--figure out the square foot and you can devide the cost of a sheet by 32--then multiply that times your sf add 10% and be close--
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If you must use carpet, just prime the floor with killz prior to the installation of the carpet. However, I would sand and refinish the floors and stain them a dark color to hide the stains. This will be cheape then good carpet and installation costs.

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