We had a tenant move out of our rental property. He had one kitten for mayb
e the last 6 months of his occupancy. The basement totally reeks of cat pis
s.. we went over the basement with a black light to no avail. we saw maybe
1 or 2 suspicious areas. We mopped with Odoban twice. Sprayed Natures Mirac
le 3 times.. The smell is less than it was, but it is still there.. most of
the basement is linoleum tile, and one small area is bare concrete. But, w
e can not find the definitive area(s) with the blacklight.. (Unlike the hou
se we live in.. so it's not like we blind or something) There was urine so
aked card board boxes when he left, but they have been removed out of the b
asement for weeks.
any ideas? I have bee thinking of not spraying the natures miracle but just
pouring straight on the floor and scrubbing it in and covering with plasti
c to keep it working for a day..
ybe the last 6 months of his occupancy. The basement totally reeks of cat p
iss.. we went over the basement with a black light to no avail. we saw mayb
e 1 or 2 suspicious areas. We mopped with Odoban twice. Sprayed Natures Mir
acle 3 times.. The smell is less than it was, but it is still there.. most
of the basement is linoleum tile, and one small area is bare concrete. But,
we can not find the definitive area(s) with the blacklight.. (Unlike the h
ouse we live in.. so it's not like we blind or something) There was urin
e soaked card board boxes when he left, but they have been removed out of t
he basement for weeks.
st pouring straight on the floor and scrubbing it in and covering with plas
tic to keep it working for a day..
Contact the tenant and ask him where the kitten went to urinate. Any
closets or darkish corners??
contacting him is not really possible.. he is on the run from a collection
agency and child support.. he bolted out with no notice.. the smell is conc
entrated in the front room of the basement. its dark, and thats were we thi
nk the cat was going to town. He was always hanging out in the window of th
at room, and there is a ton of hair in that area..
Well, you're going about solving the problem correctly. Most people
aren't aware that the urine of all mammals fluouresces under ultra
violet light, but the fluorescence is not intense, like a 1960's Jimi
Hendrix poster, but really quite faint. And, I've heard a lot of good
things about Nature's Miracle, so you're using the right cleaner, too.
However, the problem MIGHT be that the black light source you're using
isn't powerful enough to make the dried urine fluorecsce sufficiently to
make it noticable. I would phone around to the places listed under
"Janitorial Equipment & Supplies" in your yellow pages phone directory
to see if any of those places in your area rents black lights. You
should also try the Party Supply places because black lights are a
popular item for Haloween parties. The tool rental places are worth a
try, too. And, if push comes to shove, most professional carpet
cleaning contractors will have a black light, and I'm sure that for a
fee they will come out and point out the urine stains to you.
Just in the same way as this Q&A forum caters to DIY'ers, there is a web
site that caters to the Janitorial Services sector of the economy, and
it has a Q&A forum where you'll be able to talk with professional
cleaning contractors who would be more knowledgable about removing pet
urine stains and odors:
'Cleanfax - The #1 information source for carpet cleaning & restoration
professionals.' (http://www.cleanfax.com /)
That web site is owned by CM Magazine, which is a trade publication for
the commercial building cleaning industry, but the content of the web
site is heavily weighted toward carpet and upholstery cleaning. Many
carpet cleaning contractors hang around on that web site, and all of
them would have had experience dealing with pet urine stains and odors.
You may have to register on that web site to post on their Q&A forum.
perhaps your light isn't the correct wavelength. when i use my scorpion
finding light on cat urine, it fluoresces a LOT.
it's probably migrated. under the tiles, baseboards. if it hung out in
the windowsill, then perhaps down between the window and wallboard, if
it's not sealed. it may have soaked into the wallboard, and not
fluoresce because it's not on the surface anymore.
you have sissy scorpions
we have lots of different types. my cat cornered one in my living room
trying to hide under my shoe just last night, about a 2"-er.
also 13 types of rattlers and gila monsters, which are really slow, but
they are like pit bulls, as they don't let go once they have hold of you.
almost everything in the desert can get you one way or another.
Hey, you want to tilt that monitor down a bit? I think I see a scorpion
over, uh, yeah. Right there. Don't move.
Christopher A. Young
Learn more about Jesus
Five times a day I set my mat down on the ground, face toward Mecca,
kneel down and humble myself before God and thank HIM profusely that
Canada doesn't have scorpions.
hey all-- thanks for the input... at of it.. I am shelling out a few
hundred $$ for a company to come in. This morning, I talked to them..
They said their system has never failed. They steam clean the area,
disinfect, and then seal the floor and some of the walls with a
compound that only a few in the state are authorized to use. They are
In the meantime, I made my last attempt today.. rather wasted my day-
I went to a janitor supply company, and the guy sold me this jug of
stuff of enzymatic urine removal stuff.. he told me it will defintiley
work.. I get to the rental property and start to work.. Lo, I think I
found one of the big sources- there was a metal shelve unit. and when
I started to move it I was hit with a terrible funky smell.. I scanned
it with the black light and there were faint signs of something, and
it had started rusting..plus, when I moved the shelves, it looked like
something exploded onto the wall behind it.. something splattered and
soaked in to the block wall. and there certainly was something
showing underneath on the concrete floor with the black light.. and,
there was a mirror just leaning up against the wall next to the
shelves, and the back looked like it was at one time "wet".,, hmmm...
so.. I got to work.. I followed the guys instructions.. the stuff was
stong, even when diluted, and my lungs started getting irritated. a
few hours later I was done. all I smelt was the chemical. I take my
wife over, who has a better nose than me, and she said now all she
smells is pee and chemical. So, the smell is still there. whatever it
was, it discolored the paint on the floor...
I am sure this company will do the job right.. just that its a
freaking pain in the ass and the wallet..
so yeah, no more pets...
and oh yeah, the piss might have gotten under the tiles as well.. My
wife took the black light and said she thought she saw stuff coming
through cracks and in between tiles in one corner..
so, seal that sucker..
Well the guy came.. He didnt clean the floors because I had already dont th
at. The stuff he used was called Pro Clean Odor Barrier. He says it is only
available to certified people, but it looks like its avail online. Its a s
pray on latex coating that turns non water soluble and dries to a thick coa
t. When he left all the urine and chemical smell from my previous attempt t
o clean this was gone..
> Well the guy came.. He didnt clean the floors because I had already dont
> that. The stuff he used was called Pro Clean Odor Barrier. He says it is
> only available to certified people, but it looks like its avail online.
> Its a spray on latex coating that turns non water soluble and dries to a
> thick coat. When he left all the urine and chemical smell from my
> previous attempt to clean this was gone..
Where did he spray it? Just on the linoleum tile floor?
What did he use to spray it with? A garden sprayer?
He sprayed it on the tile and a small room that was cement. He went up the
concrete and brick and block walls about 18 inches, and also sprayed the ba
seboards of the finished area. He did 500 sq feet in about 20 mins. The uri
ne smell and chemical smell from my previous attempt to get the smell out d
isappeared right away. My wife went over tonight and immediately noticed th
e funk was gone.. So.. Mission accomplished!
nothing would work.. sealing is the key.. once humidity in the
basement would rise, the pee deep in the concrete and under the tiles
would start to come out. Chemicals and cleaning would only eradicate
just a little, but it is still there. and.. for 20 minutes of work, vs
wasting more time on something that may or may not work means that
now the unit is liveable again...
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