I just came into the possession of a home in which the previous owner
had lots of cats. I have removed drywall in order to look at the
soleplates to see if any damage had occurred. The soleplates have
absorbed over the years, urine and water from the previous owner
trying to clean the floors. I don't see any other choice except
cutting out the soleplates and replacing them. I believe they are a
big source of odor.
Any tips on doing this would be greatly appreciated. I know to put up
alternate support and to use a reciprocating saw to cut out the
soleplate. Any input that would make the job easier would be a help.
there's enzymes that will make the odor go away. see a good pet store for
some. you have to apply it directly the odor spots, but your removal of the
drywall makes that easy. soak it down well so it will seep under the sole
If you have the time and energy, you might try scrubbing the
soleplates or any other materials that have absorbed urine odour with
an 18% solution of acetic acid. If your pharmacist can't make up this
solution, you can try a photographic-supply store that sells a 28%
solution of Kodak acetic acid for photo-processing. Simply mix equal
parts of water and the 28% solution to get a 14% solution which should
be strong enough to do the job.
If the odour is strong, you might have to scrub the area down several
times, but that might be a lot easier than replacing the soleplate (or
its support base).
Incidentally, vinegar is acetic acid, but it's usually only at a 5%
concentration -- too weak to be effective against urine odours..
On 21 Apr 2004 05:50:57 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Me) wrote:
The only thing about using these solutions is that I would be worried
about how effective they would be given the absorbsion already. Also,
by the time I scrub, soak, and clean, I wonder if it almost wouldn't
be easier cutting out the wood and replacing it.
Nevertheless, I will probably attempt this on at least some
Thanks for the responses.
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