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Old 10-12-2020, 02:04 PM   #1
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Iím cleaning up my mother in laws house. There is a room where a cat lived. I have steam cleaned the laminate flooring multiple times, scrubbed the walls and fan and window and blinds with bleach water a couple times. Itís much much better, but itís still there. Can anyone give me any pointers? Money is tight as there is a lot of work to be done so I am hoping there is something else I can do. I havenít tried fabreeze or anything yet. Maybe some Boxes of baking soda?
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Old 10-12-2020, 02:08 PM   #2
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Have you tried ozone
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Old 10-12-2020, 02:10 PM   #3
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A bowl of vinegar helps with new paint smell. Just sit the bowl in the room for a day, it's a cheap experiment.
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Old 10-12-2020, 02:15 PM   #4
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Old 10-12-2020, 02:18 PM   #5
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Kilz paint/primer is a start.
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Old 10-12-2020, 02:18 PM   #6
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Since you mentioned you cleaned and the floors are pretty solid (not carpet), the only thing I think that will help is to close up the house and rent an ozone generator or two and put them in the house and go away for a few days... We had to do this when I bought the facility that my company is in now. The previous owners had a giant coy pond/tank in the front room, and they lived in the back of the building with several cats... we ripped out the carpet, repainted and replaced the ceiling tiles... the smell was still there... 3 days with the ozone generators and it was and has remained completely 100% gone.
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Old 10-12-2020, 02:21 PM   #7
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Do a search on Google. Not sure of the ratio but a mix of vinegar and water will map help.

Unfortunately, the urine may have been soaked up by the laminate backing and the subfloor material. If that's the case, your only option may be to pull that floor up and toss.
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Old 10-12-2020, 02:39 PM   #8
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Try the ozone. If that doesn't work you may have to remove the flooring, seal the subfloor with a primer like Kilz and install new flooring.
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Old 10-12-2020, 03:02 PM   #9
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Along with the ozone ,Take a few bags of charcoal , split lengthwise along the bag , and let it set for a few days. Do not get the instant light type or the house will smell like lighter fluid.
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Old 10-12-2020, 03:24 PM   #10
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First step.....


Get rid of the cat.


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Old 10-12-2020, 03:31 PM   #11
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Ozone generator
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Old 10-12-2020, 03:33 PM   #12
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I've used baking soda in problem areas before, and it definitely helps lessen the smell.
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Old 10-12-2020, 03:52 PM   #13
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Tear out the linoleum and sub floor and replace it, it’s really the only way to get rid of it. Other wise humid days or higher temps will bring it right back. We had to re-pour a concrete basement floor to get rid of it, seriously. We tried ozone, bleach, dawn soap, vinegar you name it we probably tried it. And it would not go totally away.
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Old 10-12-2020, 03:52 PM   #14
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For sure---and when I found a dead squirrel above the ceiling tiles in a building at church (gagger) I used a 409 brand deodorizing spray and two applications took care of it. I also replaced the two ceiling tiles it was laying on.
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Old 10-12-2020, 05:30 PM   #15
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A $69 Ozone machine from Amazon. We use one for an Ozone closet at lease and a friend borrowed for a new/old house purchase that smelled like someone's Grandma's house - BANG ran it in each room for a couple of hours before they moved in - odor gone.

If that doesnt do the trick, time to replace flooring.
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Old 10-12-2020, 05:34 PM   #16
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Odoban works pretty well. Get the concentrated stuff and only dilute half as much as they say - or not at all if it's really bad. Good luck!
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Old 10-13-2020, 11:13 AM   #17
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Ok. I’m going to try the amazon ozone machine I think. There’s just so much work to be done on the house I’m trying to pinch pennies where I can.
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Old 10-13-2020, 11:20 AM   #18
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just be careful with the ozone, it can kill you
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Old 10-13-2020, 11:26 AM   #19
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just be careful with the ozone, it can kill you
This right here!! DO NOT try to do work on the house while you have that ozone machine running! Ozone poisoning is some bad stuff and indeed can be fatal.
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Old 10-13-2020, 11:45 AM   #20
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Ok so to that point the room is 13x14. How big of a machine should I get and how long should I run it? I’ll tape the door bottom. The room has two big windows I can open up to ventilate when it’s done.

I see the cheap machines are 5000mg. No idea what that means but they are about 50 bucks. The 11000mg job is 100 bucks.
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Old 10-13-2020, 05:03 PM   #21
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The $56 Amazon machine is all you need. Run it for several hours and stay out of the room. May take multiple cycles. If you have central air and heat, do not run it if you are in the house.
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Old 10-13-2020, 05:11 PM   #22
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Ok it’s on its way. Thanks guys!
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Old 10-13-2020, 05:51 PM   #23
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This for sure. But be advised ozone isnít good for the lungs LOL. I did a PSA on it recently take my word for it.


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Old 10-13-2020, 05:59 PM   #24
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Odoban works pretty well. Get the concentrated stuff and only dilute half as much as they say - or not at all if it's really bad. Good luck!
This !!
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Old 10-13-2020, 06:04 PM   #25
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Washing the walls down with Tniks might help.
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Old 10-13-2020, 06:22 PM   #26
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Old 10-13-2020, 06:43 PM   #27
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I have dealt with this, luckily, mine was only a small 1-2’ square area i had to deal with.

You will have to remove the flooring. Then, depending on what if under the flooring depends on where you go from there.

I had a concrete slab that was porous. I had to get some urine enzyme neutralizer and soaked the concrete multiple times to really get it to cut down the odor. Soak the area and clean the area. Soak and clean. Then let it dry and repeat. It took a while (like month or two), and honestly, when the humid gets elevated in that area, I can still smell it a little at times.
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Old 10-13-2020, 08:58 PM   #28
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Laminate flooring has a mat underneath it to take the echo out and prevent moisture from the slab. If the cat was peeing/spraying my bet is that and the particle board below the laminate is holding the smell. I am no ozone expert but Iím not sure if it will get rid of that.
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Old 10-13-2020, 09:24 PM   #29
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All the cleaning thus far has gotten rid of most of it. We will see on Thursday night or so.
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Old 10-13-2020, 09:31 PM   #30
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My first house reeked of dog pee when I bought it. I put vinegar in a bug sprayer and soaked everything down. Ceilings, walls and floors. I sprayed 2 or 3 gallons. It worked wonders!
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Old 10-13-2020, 10:51 PM   #31
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Vinegar....baking soda...cheap miracles...urine "eating" liquid spray is good also....
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Old 10-14-2020, 10:57 AM   #32
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Cat still around? If so, .22 will stop the smell in the future.
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Old 10-14-2020, 12:43 PM   #33
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First I would get a pump sprayer with vinegar. Spray the whole room and allow to completely dry. Then run Ionizer for 2-4 hours, air out Then mix one cup baking soda to 3 quarts hydrogen peroxide in sprayer. Spray entire room. Repeat if needed.

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Old 10-14-2020, 01:48 PM   #34
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I'm on the same mind-set as some of the others with regard to the laminate flooring. Eventually, that stuff will soak up fluids if it sits in it long enough. Knowing the issue behind a cat living in a closed room, safe bet is that laminate flooring is behind the residual smell. Fluids will also get unde the laminate since it is a floating floor system.

Something else to look into are the base boards along the walls. I installed a laminate floor in my inlaw's house years ago and had to pull the base boards to do it. They always had cats and there was always a faint urine odor in the house, more prominent in certain rooms. When I pulled the base boards off, the odor hit you in the face like a brick! The cats apparently sprayed the walls and the boards soaked it up. After replacing the base boards, the entire house smelled a lot better!
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Old 10-16-2020, 09:34 PM   #35
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So the smell is gone! I steam cleaned floors probably 4 times and then washed the walls / baseboards / every surface with bleach water. Then I stuck the ozone generator in there for two 3 hour stints. I think it was gone after the first one but I was being overly cautious about the ozone and didn’t want to walk around sniffing. Thank you to all of you that helped me get here!
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Old 10-17-2020, 12:41 AM   #36
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You’ll just get used to after awhile, or sounds like maybe you have.
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Old 10-17-2020, 12:52 AM   #37
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Laminate flooring has a mat underneath it to take the echo out and prevent moisture from the slab. If the cat was peeing/spraying my bet is that and the particle board below the laminate is holding the smell. I am no ozone expert but Iím not sure if it will get rid of that.
X2. You will have to remove the laminate flooring, clean real good and install new.
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Old 10-17-2020, 12:59 AM   #38
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Start with a bag of charcoal, empty out half of the charcoal, put cat in the bag with the remaining charcoal, seal tightly, dispose of entire bag, sprinkle remaining charcoal around the room, apply lighter fluid and allow to soak for 10 minutes, light house on fire.

I hate the smell of cat pee....
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:37 AM   #39
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I don’t need to do anything else fellas. The smell is GOOOOONE!!!
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:41 AM   #40
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It may of gotten under the laminate flooring. I know it sounds like an easy way to clean. But it still has seams on the flooring. The flooring still may need to be removed.
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Old 10-17-2020, 08:00 AM   #41
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Start with a bag of charcoal, empty out half of the charcoal, put cat in the bag with the remaining charcoal, seal tightly, dispose of entire bag, sprinkle remaining charcoal around the room, apply lighter fluid and allow to soak for 10 minutes, light house on fire.

I hate the smell of cat pee....

I don't always agree with this guy.....but he is right about this!
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Old 10-17-2020, 08:05 AM   #42
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I have never been so happy to get rid of an animal. Hate cats, and this is one more reason to. My bloodhound wanted to eat it baaaaad.
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Old 10-17-2020, 09:40 AM   #43
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Old 10-17-2020, 10:00 AM   #44
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Get some ACTIVATED charcoal and put it out in some bowls. It will absorb the odor.
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