My husband and bought a 20 year old townhome a month ago--our first
house. Worried that one of my less well trained cats would start
marking his new territory, I bought a black light and checked all
corners a few days ago to see if my fears materialized.
My cat was exonerated. However, the old wallpaper around one of the
toilets had evidence of a human marking their territory (or missing
the target) on many occasions.
Do I have to replace the wallpaper (it superficially looks fine, so I
would rather not bother), or is there a way of sanitizing/cleaning the
wallpaper? The thought of invisible bacteria hiding in the wallpaper
grosses me out and worries me since I have my first child on the way
forget the piss on the wall by the toilet. just think of all the piss that
gets aresolized when someone pisses (man or woman, regardless of aim) and it
floats around in the air until it lands on the soap and the toothbrush.
lysol is probably as good as anything.
maybe im reading too much into this, but im sure you know about lysol. you
could have gone into the store and found some anti-bacterial cleaner. i
think you need to have a talk with a REAL doctor and find out the REAL risks
instead of playing the part of the overprotective parent with the resentful
In the absence of a kidney or bladder infection, human
urine is not a health risk, and, after all, you're not going to be
consuming it. Further, the bacteria that do get into urine, to my
knowledge, are the kinds of species that are widely present in
any normal environment. My advice would be to worry about other
things, such as parasite and other exposures you get from
having a mammal pet.
The caveat here is that I have no professional training in the health
sciences, rather, I'm simply an active lay reader.
Mike Lacy, Ft Collins CO 80523
There is probably not a toilet on the planet that doesn't have dried
urine that seeped under it. Not a big deal, IMO. I would change the
wallpaper, but only because I don't like urine on my wallpaper.
Unless a human has an infection, urine is considered sterile.
Wipe it down with soapy water with some bleach in it. You won't be
breathing anything worse than you do when you empty the (yuck) cat box,
which can spread disease. I convinced hubby to get an exterminator by
telling him how roaches run though the cat box, snack on contents, and
then run across the dishes in the kitchen cupboard. Yes, they really do
do that. His cat would not have survived as long as it did if he had
not stopped walking on my kitchen counters and dining room table. Sweet
cat, and very trainable. Didn't like to be scolded.
Did you know people have mites living in their eyelashes? You inhale
bug parts when you sleep? Max. allowable rodent parts in a sack of flour?
imho, this is exactly the problem. people try to 'sterilize' their home
environment but the world just isnt all that clean. i suspect that a baby
that was kept germ free for the first 3 years of life would have a tough
time if suddenly put out in the real world. that one commercial for the
sanitary wipes with the lady following her kids around wiping everything
just makes me cringe. pure scare tactic marketing.
i think it may be better to just let them roll around in germs and toughen
up. this is all purely my opinion....
Great big ditto. Germs are exercise for your immune system.
That said, I agree with the person who said the bathroom isn't a good place
for wallpaper. I wouldn't worry about the urine...just wipe it with soapy
hot water. Eventually you may want to take it down and paint with a
Bundy/Tim Taylor bathroom, completely waterproof, with a floor drain and an
raised-sill gasketed door. When it gets too grungy or smelly, just dog the
door shut, grab the steam hose from the rack on the wall, and start at the
But short of that, yes, there should be nothing in the bathroom that can't
be wiped down or thrown in washer. Carpet and textured wallpaper in the can?
But here is something for you. How far do you go? We in the US enjoy
clean, potable water which eliminates many ailments associated with
handling of food. If you go to a country where water is sub-standard,
you are at the mercy of all kind of bacteria there. Where locals have
been very immune to them from exposure, you who come from the hygenic
US are easy prey.
I just returned from China last week for two and a half week vacation.
During that time I had three separate incidents of diahrrea.
Natrually the Imodium AD I brought made good use. I was quite
adventurous as food goes. My motto is if you can eat it, why can't I?
So I suffered the consequences as a result. Believe me, you don't
want to go through that experience.
Look at any baseboard heater near a toilet; restaurant restroom, hotel
room, privatre residence, anywhere. After a few years of service they
are usually seriously corroded from the piss splash!
Go back to wherever you used to live, and shine that light around
there too. Tell us what you find. You have been living like this all
your whole life, you just never knew it.
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