I have the opportunity to move into a very nice apartment with reduced rent
if I do a few cosmetic improvements (mostly painting)
prior to moving in.
There is only one problem. The previous tenants had a cat that seems to have
found a couple favorite spots to unrinate on the hardwood floor. Would it be
advisable to sand and refinish the floor or to use some type of product that
will neutralize the odor?
-> I have the opportunity to move into a very nice apartment with reduced rent-> if I do a few cosmetic improvements (mostly painting)-> prior to moving in.-> -> There is only one problem. The previous tenants had a cat that seems to have-> found a couple favorite spots to unrinate on the hardwood floor. Would it be-> advisable to sand and refinish the floor or to use some type of product that-> will neutralize the odor?
There are several enzymatic-type products that will neutralize
organic (pee, vomit, etc.) messes. You can find them most often
in the pet department of places like Wal-Mart or even your local
I use "Out!" which is fairly cheap, can be bought at both of the
above mentioned places (at least where I live) and has a pleasant
smell that isn't too strong.
If there is a stain, that will take more work, and I can't help you
there. I have the same problem.
Our house was formerly home to many (about a dozen) cats and two or
three small dogs who had the run of the place in more ways than one.
When we bought it, we did extensive renovations and did not even live
in the house for six months. Right before we moved in we had the
floors sanded and refinished with stain and polyurethane.
While the floors were "open" after sanding, you could still smell
traces of the trapped urine released by the sanding. However, staining
and sealing them got rid of all the smell. In a few spots, you could
see stains left by the urine -- nothing to be done about them. If I
had had the chance, I would have treated the areas with an enzyme
cleaner such as "Nature's Miracle" but even without it the odors were
no longer apparent.
You will hear a lot of people say that cat urine is permanent. This is
not my experience.
treating it with an deodorizer of any kind won't do it. you HAVE to clean
and seal the floor! go to the hardware store and tell them what you have,
they will sell you a sealant. all you have to do is paint it on the urine
areas (once you've cleaned it with ammonia). .... then (depending on how
bad it is ), you will need to clean the carpet and apply an enzyme
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We had a very bad hardwood (and, in the basement, concrete) - cat urine
If you are cat-free, then you have half of fight won!
The other half of the equation that worked for us was a product we
purchased online called ProKlean.
It wasn't cheap. Their web site looks like it was designed by an eith
grader...in 1998...but the stuff worked very well.
Cat Urine specific:
Inexplicably, product use instructions are only available online, and
not shipped with the product!
But: the stuff worked....
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