My sister-in-law wanted me to ask for suggestions in getting the smell of
stale rat urine out of wood furniture. Her parents had the furniture in
storage and she's decided she wants to use it, but it smells. Any
suggestions? She tried bleach (with the intention of refinishing the
furniture) but it didn't help.
Thanks for any advice.
It may be God's way of telling her this is not really good furniture to
have in your home. Not a dining room table, I hope :o)
A few years back, I rescued a nice piece of furniture from a condemned
house. There had been cats in the house that eliminated everywhere in
the house. Had the furniture not had a thick coat of paint, I would not
have taken it. Before I even put it into the car, I doused it with pure
Rat waste is really, really nasty stuff and can spread disease. BTW,
how do you know what stale rat urine smells like?
<< It may be God's way of telling her this is not really good furniture to
have in your home. Not a dining room table, I hope :o) >>
No kidding. :-) Well I got some more details. I was pleased to learn they're
wood plant stands that will be used on a patio. (I think I'd just buy new
Thanks for the suggestions of the shellac and (more) bleach. I'll pass it
In the case of shellac, it is not a good outdoor product. However, it can
be used as a barrier and then recoated with polyurethane that is able to
stand the weather. Us a spar version like Helmsman by Minwax.
That is useful to know, although I can't imagine what rat urine smells
like or why anyone would want to "cover" the smell. Kind of like having
a pool full of raw sewage, and pouring in perfume so's you can take a
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