Pet odor removal

kats_meowMay 17, 2010

We are trying to sell our house and are getting feedback on pet odors. We are at wit's end on what to do given everything we have done. The pets are not in the house we are selling, they are in our new house.

Here is situation and what we have done:

1. We had cats and kept their litter box and food in a large closet wiht a pet door under the stairs, concrete floor, sheetrock walls. The cats always used their litter box and didn't have accidents elsewhere. Cats have been gone from house for about 2 months. Room has been thoroughly cleaned with bleach. Rest of house has people coming in and cleaning regularly. Floors are wood (wood has been sanded and refinished since cats left) and tile. Tile has been repeatedly mopped and cleaned.

After getting feedback on pet odor, we had the concrete floor under the stairs cleaned and sealed and had the walls painted with shellac.

After all that I can't personally smell any pet odor. However, I still get feedback that it is there. I have no clue what else to do.

2. Second area was our garage in which we had our kennel for our dogs. Dogs have been gone about a month to the new house. The garage has been powerwashed but does still have an odor. We are leaving the door open to air it out periodically but that does still have an odor. Not sure what to do that help that along as well.

Any ideas?

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The smells you are used to living with will never bother you (hmmm -- except maybe in extreme circumstances when the odor sucks all the oxygen out of the room! Yes, I was in real estate and experienced that.) You may think your cats ALWAYS used the litter box but obviously, others know better.

Dogs aren't so bad because they don't spray the walls BUT they can also smell if you don't let them out and bathe them often enough. As far as wood floors go, you can't sand out cat urine. It will be there as long as the floor stays. Sorry --- you enjoyed your pets and this is the price. You will finally sell your house at a discount because you enjoyed those pets. Someone buying your house may have to replace drywall and floors and will expect you to pay for that. Sad but true.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 1:08PM
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I'd remove the sheetrock under the stairs completely, and redo it with new.

I'd also repaint all the walls in the house, if possible, on the off-chance that your cat has sprayed the walls anywhere. New paint smell is better than cat urine smell when it comes to selling. If your garage has drywall in it, I would paint in there as well, and possibly seal the floor.

Is any of your furniture still at the old house? I'd remove it completely in case it still smells of the pets.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 2:23PM
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Carmen - The wood floors were in a room we used all the time (daily). I would have noticed if the cat's peed on them. They didn't. These cats don't spray either.

Rivkadr - The house has been entirely repainted, recarpeted (we have carpet upstairs). The garage does not have drywall.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 2:43PM
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That's a bit of a stumper, then -- the feedback you're getting, is it saying that the smell is throughout the entire house, or only in specific areas (under the stairs, and in the garage)?

    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 3:43PM
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The feedback is that it is in the downstairs generally (not the upstairs) and not so much in the master bedroom. I think we are going to call in a professional odor removal service. Perhaps see if an ozone generator would help.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 4:00PM
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Yep, time to call in a pro. The house won't sell at a going price if it smells like cats. I have always felt that cats are really outdoor animals that might come indoors sometimes. Our experience is that the litter box is only used when it is below 0 outside and the snow is just too high for them to get out to do their stuff. (actually, they will dig holes in the snow if I let them out.) If they have their 'druthers', they want to eliminate outdoors far away from where they eat.

With our kittens, there is a litter box in the garage that I am confident the mom will teach them how to use. She will also teach them that the better alternative is to do it outdoors where it can fertilize the soil.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 5:14PM
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You might try painting the bottom of the stairs with a new coat of pain with an added splash some vanilla artificial flavoring in the paint can. Unfortunately cement flooring is very absorbent and odors can stay in the floors for years.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 8:16PM
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A coat of paint not pain....tho it will be a pain to do...

    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 8:17PM
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I watched TV before and I found some products to remove cat odors and then I buy one, but the odor is still there. I don't know what to do now.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cat Odor Removal

    Bookmark   August 22, 2011 at 12:45AM
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I can tell you that if you do have cat urine on carpet that you can pour a generous amount of club soda on it, then place a thick towel over the spot with some heavy books on it. This will draw out the odor and when you remove the towel and books just let it dry and then vacumn. It worked for me on a very nasty spot where my male cat urinated. Sorry I can't help with wood and carport floors, however, if the carport floor isn't painted you may try pouring club soda on it and letting it seep into the floor.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2011 at 1:28AM
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