I covered with carpet and pad but in the future will only cover areas like that with vinyl or other waterproof flooring. Hopefully it’s as successful, we’ll see…. I dream of a sunroom with tile up to a chair rail. Or should I spend $$ on a new subfloor ? I just always assumed thin carpet was a much cheaper alternative. I put the litter box in a taller plastic tub and cut the front out and put her litter box in it, but I have little sense of smell and caught it late. Really, the whole process was very simple and went fairly fast. but I’m still worried the dogs will do it again. I’ve used Oda Ban. We heard great things about Kilz Original, so we decided to try it out. Hi, how is it now that it’s been a little while?  Which smells very strong by the way (it is oil-based, after all). Apply an enzymatic pet cleaner (like Nature's Miracle) to the soiled areas and allow them to dry thoroughly for 24 to 48 hours. Anti-Icky Poo is the absolute best product I’ve found… *much* better for us than even Nature’s Miracle (which helped but not enough). I hate cheap carpet. Check for spray on baseboard and walls and in corners. After pulling everything up, I poured enzyme products on it for a year and let it sit before we moved in. Yes – more than once! Trusted by professional painters for over 40 years to tackle the toughest odors, this hardworking primer helps to block most heavy interior stains including water, smoke, tannin, ink, marker, pet stains and more. You can prime the subfloor with Zinsser B-I-N primer. No one wants to live with foul odors in their … Continue reading The Absolute Best Primer for Pet Odors, Stains and Glossy Surfaces Once you have the stains marked use SCOE10X to treat the area. And room smells very badly of urine. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I like this stuff called Nature’s Miracle Pet Urine Destroyer: http://www.petsmart.com/dog/stain-odor-removers/nature-s-miracle-trade-pet-urine-destroyer-zid36-13658/cat-36-catid-100018;pgid=zQpmcDkOGphSRp3sEn5ldcYw0000C15BD9Bf;sid=RFDseHhqQ3foeCtccUJ9fOBgxYus2fmxBPFcSyJW?var_id=36-13658&_t=pfm%3Dcategory%26pfmvalue%3Dfaceted. ***Beware if you are sensitive to chemicals (as I am…). Pull up your carpet where affected and evaluate the flooring. A combination of liquid dish soap and baking soda can help absorb some of the urine. Amazing. I called around and found out about B-I-N, a water-based shellac that people have been using for years to seal their floors (and prime their walls before painting) to remove odors, especially tobacco smoke. A horrible cat odor from the next-door (this is a row home) was suddenly getting though to our basement. Is there a professional out there that can help with this problem? Each enclosure has comfy beds or throws, its own litter box, food and water. Some cats are what they call high sprayers. I love cats, but I’m going to forget about having any pets for the rest of my life. I am thinking, I might consider buying a solid piece of vinyl and laying down if I could find something close to the wood floors. If it still smells I will move up to oil based shellac BIN odor removing primer. I … Thanks to all of you for the info! Our paint, One year ago we were putting the final touches on, 7 Ways to Rid a Home of Pesky Pet Smells | eCommission: Blog. I bought a flip house that had pet urine everywhere, the house is 3200 sqft, we have cleaned the subfloors with TSP several times, the subfloor is starting to warp from the water, and have used COE 10X and Nature Miracle Destroyer,it did not remove the odor completely the smells is still there just not as strong as before. After ripping out the carpet and pad, I scrubbed the affected sub floor areas with vinegar and baking soda, let it dry, then used an enzymatic cleaner. Herein, how do you seal a subfloor from pet odor? I just it in my floors, my laundry and furniture/beds. But, I am proud to say, no longer does our house reek! Now we have to live in our house with the stench of cat pee. Thank you. Thanks for the great tips! I'm extremely impressed by this paint. Added new underlayment black craft paper, 1/4″ plywood, and then new pad and carpet over that. It’s springtime here and time to wash ALL the winter bedding, clothing, toys and blankies prior to storage for next year. We only have a small spot we need to treat after pulling out the carpet. Did you premix the baking soda and vinegar? Thanks! Cat urine and spray is evil. White Low-Odor Oil-Based Interior Primer, Sealer, and Stain Blocker Model# 10941 $ 24 98 $ 24 98. I was reading everyone’s post. I lived outside in the RV for 5 days to stay away from the fumes…. Use on interior surfaces including drywall, woodwork, plaster, masonry, brick, painted metal, ceramic tile, glass and most other glossy surfaces †. Let that sit and soaked again with Simple Solutions Urine Destroyer. Also made sure I painted up to the framing 2x4s below the drywall on each wall. I have 3 cats and one has Interstitial Cystitis, which means any stress makes him feel like he has a bladder infection brewing.  So all windows were opened, and we spent some time outside trying to to breathe all the fumes. We had to have carpet replaced and also used Kilz on the subfloor. So all windows were opened, and we spent some time outside trying to to breathe all the fumes. IF the smell is really strong u could possibly rewash. Pleas someone help. One hour later we had all cat urine subfloor covered in a coat of Kilz Original. Subfloors and Urine Don’t Mix. Thanks. What can I do? We would have been far better landlords than the person we paid to manage our home while we had to live out of town for 1.5 years. Your process sounds easier. Worth the money! Naomi, Eliminating Cat Urine Odor | A Kilz Original Review, I can't believe we are already at the kitchen cabi, This corner is the workhorse of our kitchen. Ok, a $4,000 pet deposit might cover it. No matter how hard I’ve tried to remove the odor from the subfloor, it sticks. Our laminate floors are probably reeking due to the urine and poo making it down to the concrete slab underneath them. Any all-purpose oil- or water-based stain-blocking primer will work, especially if … It has been painted with white semi-gloss paint but some odor still remains. Best product I’ve used is Nature’s Miracle. Then we will know for sure that everyone has come “clean”with this unspoken problem! It’s expensive at over $50/gallon, but I’m buying 2 gallons for the 3 rather small bedrooms. xD That garage/catio idea might be a good solution… there are already 2 neighborhood cats that come to our house for dinner every night. Hi Jennifer – did anyone answer your question, or did you end up trying it? What a stupid idea that was. Was your substrate wood, or was it concrete? Let it dry and retreat if the order persists and is deeply embedded. The smell is the same after 4 days. Removing urine from subfloors takes elbow grease, but the reward is a better-smelling, more sanitary home and a well-behaved pet. As a landlord that’s what I’ll be doing from now on. KILZ Original 1 Gal. Set your store to see local availability Add to Cart. After some research, some manual labor, and an amazing product (Kilz Original), our house practically smells like a rosebush (ok, exaggeration, but you get the point). Once the subfloor is painted, you could probably salvage your carpet with enzyme cleaners and a good shampooing but since I am planning on replacing the carpeting within a few months, I removed that whole section. We didn’t realize how bad it was until we rip up the carpet because of the odor. I ripped out the carpet, but before laying new carpet I painted the wood underneath with this Kilz Max. If possible treat the sub-floor from the underneath side also. So nice to hear of others with this problem. Try these simple methods for removing strong odors from subflooring, but plan two or three days for this project. We also took out one section of the subfloor due to the mold severity but look forward to trying the kilz so we don’t have to cut and re sub floor the other rough spots. Turns out there are primer paints specifically designed for odor blocking that work well against pet odors as well as smoke smells. I admire her but I don’t want to live with more than three cats in my house. I am currently covering the floor with Kilz. We started out using a Home Depot product for mildew and mold after the cleaning process, but I’m going to try the kilz on the other spots. However the textured ceiling in one bathroom still smells.  These carpets were way too far gone to be salvageable so in the garage they went (which now reeks too). The entire house reeked of wet dog. Does the Kilz work on concrete? . Now we have flooring (hardwood) over them. When pet urine dries, it forms crystals that produce a stench. I have to say – it cleans up really well~!! We let it dry completely. isn’t for the faint of heart. It did lock in the cat urine, but the Kilz did leave it’s own bad smell for a few weeks. hi. I tried everything to get the smell out. What ratio did you use, roughly? Without removing the floor (we cut about a 4x4 foot section), the smell would have NEVER gone away. Then, the contractor came in and laid the new carpet. I’ll do Kilz this weekend, then install new flooring. I think it just depends how skilled the landlord is. At night they’ll go into their garage enclosures. It’s just not pretty…, If anyone has any suggestions on how to “train” cats not to spray – that would be greatly appreciated~!!! The kitties will enjoy being outside in their catio with cat towers/toys, etc., during the day eliminating the slightest risk of being hit by cars. I have been there with the musty smell but never with a really bad smell. I ripped up one rug and am now cleaning the cement underneath that still smells. Good luck to you!! These affiliate links help support this site. What were the results? I have five cats and occasional foster cats.  Now that you all know how to get rid of that stinky cat urine smell, go get yourselves some Kilz Original and make your homes less stanky 🙂  Any other tips out there on odor elimination?? We have a black light , my personal favorite before treatments & it is “on loan ” constantly . Hi Sarah, the kilz was over wood subfloor and the kilz completely eliminated the odor 🙂, Stop getting cats and get a proper pet, like a dog 🙂. The contractor said this would be the best way instead of latex. They’re so precious, after all. Click to see full answer Furthermore, will kilz cover pet urine? Sweep up or wipe … Going to try black light to find the spots and vinegar next. Hello there! Make sure the area is dry and free of mold. If tile just cut out the grout and replace it. SCOE10X is expensive but I have always found it very effective. Schedule delivery. Using the right primer before painting over a pet stain helps with providing a barrier that keeps odor from penetrating the new paint. I’m putting the kills oil based paint on my floors I because your cat urine in the subfloors But I’m going to install hardwood floors afterwords but not sure when I nailed the floor down is the cat urine going to leak through. The best thing is to remove urine soaked wood. I have done this to eliminate odor and just bought new carpet. Have a pencil or piece of chalk handy. I was told by a friend to try the Oda Ban. :Z Mavis is right; what you find when you pull up your carpet (and ours is ten years old!) Last house had custom wood floors. To use it, first you have to rip up all of the carpet. # 6 06-14-06, 04:46 PM Be careful using bleach…mixes with the ammonia from the cat urine and can be toxic. I have some wood floors and plan on taking the bathrooms and laundry room. I didn’t like them either.  Specifically pet urine odors. Wow! I go thru all the steps, will I have confidence that my two 5 lb terrors won’t be remarking every spot? There are specific ones you can find at your local home improvement store (~$12) for organic components, such as when painting, staining, etc. It’s also going to help kill mold/mildew from the water damage in the master bath. We’re in the spot of getting new carpet and want to pre-treat the subfloors because the previous owners had taken in a feral cat. My cats have been more attracted to the walls than the carpet. There really isn’t enough pet deposit in the world to pay for a new carpet. If you are concerned about cutting down on VOCs and plan on doing more DIY type stuff, I’d invest in a reusable respirator (~$25) that you can attach different cartridges do. Let the area dry completely and thoroughly then put on one or two coats of KILZ oil based primer stain killer. Hi, I used Kiltz latex primer, but I still have some smell going on. I have one kid living home forever. The website gives instructions on which of their products to use and how to use it. When we were building our house, we thought it would be a great idea to put white berber carpet in. Copyright © 2020 One Hundred Dollars a Month - Disclosure Policy - Design by Sharon Hujik, Protecting the Garden from your Dog - Ha Ha Ha, February Home Maintenance and Garden Chores, How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month: My Year-End Grocery Budget. It’s an immediate turn off for would be buyers, and understandably so. I’ve tried Nature’s Miracle, but unfortunately it’s not working on the wood floors that were damaged by our tenant’s cat. We recently bought a home that had been vacant for two years EXCEPT for raccoons in the full length of the attic. . Remove carpeting, padding and other flooring around the areas you suspect urine has leaked into the subfloor. Actually, I like it. This is not to be confused with their new B-I-N 2 product. Right now we are tearing out all our carpet in the entire house, room by room and painting the plywood subfloor with Sherwym Williams Porch and Floor paint in a dark brown color, this looks great and its a temporary fix until we can save for new wood floors. It is expensive. Also, we’re still working on a flooring decision. I already bought Kilz, but now the guys at the flooring department say that I shouldn't paint the floor if I want want to put in laminate flooring. It’s been 2.5 years now since we painted the subfloors. We have three indoor beagles and without that, we’d be overwhelmed by it. There is never a cat odor in my home. This post may contain affiliate links. So, I want to know if everyone’s happy with their results? ( and no, I don’t have any $ interest in them). I’ll have to try SCOE10X when I start working on the floors. If the sub-floor is plywood or solid boards, an alternative is to seal the odor into the wood with KILZ Complete or Zinsser B-I-N, mildew-resistant, oil-based primer. Only with an old cat who decided to pee everywhere EXCEPT the sand box. I was so disappointed that the oil-based Kilz isn’t available here anymore, as the carpet guy swore by it, but I have hope that painting the concrete with B-I-N shellac will be very similar to Kilz. $2,000 in I don’t want them to do it to the new carpet. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Yes, you can apply Kilz to seal the floor before laying carpet and vinyl. I think we’ll be spending about $8000K to make our home a place we can stand to live in again. I accomplished the same thing (out of a cement subfloor) by heavy application of an enzyme product called (don’t laugh) Anti Icky Poo. I was advised to apply Kilz Max, which I did. If you don’t have animals that can re-spray the area, just pull up all your flooring and apply Kilz… then put new flooring down. I also used urine destroyer on the subfloor but after several applications it doesn’t seem to be completely gone.  We also ripped up all the padding since it was fairly well contaminated too. It did not work on the heavily stained subfloors. I do have a very serious lung disease and this is now becoming that is affecting my breathing. unfortunately we did not find sub floor boards, we found vinyl tile. They’re marking their territory. Try not to beat yourself up when you see what’s underneath. Use to block odors from subfloor when replacing carpet or wood flooring. In fact, without any flooring….just the white Kilz painted subflooring. We just purchased a home and the smell is overwhelming. So I know the subfloor is protected from anything seeping through but I’m not sure if I should just pour enzymatic cleaner on the floor near the baseboards to let it run under the flooring or the best way to get rid of the urine. Smell is better but not gone. Need our retirement fund!!! The last time I had to do this, the urine had formed crystals on the underside of the plywood. Sorry, I now despise cats… or should it be the owner who let the animal mark its territory over & over & over & over? Do you live in a climate where you could build a Catio outside to house them during the day? It was extremely easy and was dry within an hour. Yes, everyone has a learning curve with animals & ours involved ripping up the carpet, pad and sub flooring too! Thank the good Lord! Sounds like the kilz directly on the subfloors will do the trick after you clean most of it up with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda and a scrub brush. After 3 days the smell from this paint was terrible and the room (a porch) could not be used. This is perfect timing. And the whole house smells of smoke and dog urine. I’m so confused and don’t want to get them sick …. VINEGAR! But I treated it then ran a dehumidifier to get the floor good and dry before painting so it would absorb as much as possible. I have 5 cats, the two boys, who are both neutered, spray the walls around the perimeter of my home. Landlords are now charging up to $2000 non-refundable pet FEE, and still that’s not enough to go through what we’re going through now. Haven’t had that problem in a long time. So Sofia how long do I wait to bring my 11 cats back in that room after using kilz? So, we’re not slumlords, but we feel we paid a property slumlord. There are lots of styles online if you look for them and the Catios look fairly easy to construct. and mulched around the trees and house. My kitty hiked her rear end up high and it goes over the litter box. Supposedly Lowes carries the Zinsser B-I-N in store. So what else can we try? During the day as we have a huge yard, they’re indoor/outdoor kitties, but as soon as I treat the (‘stanky’) walls with Kilz Original, they’ll be in their (soon-to-be-built) Catio during the day instead of being inside. Every time my basement gets wet I smell the pee. Do you know if this would work on the wood that was under the carpet? He discouraged us from doing any walk-throughs, and unfortunately we trusted that HE would occasionally do that. So we put down TWO layers of oil based Kilz on our floors. Rinse as best as you can, let it dry fully before trying to seal it. Due to health issues and allergies, I’m thinking of a softer surface solid sheet vinyl floor…  And thanks to this (strangely) beautiful Chicago weather, we were able to air out the house for several weeks. I also know a lady who does feral cat rescue. We’ve had multiple dogs and cats and this gets the odors out of everything. That’s what my vet suggested, after we ripped up the carpet. I have still found NO concrete solutions to this problem…. The best floor sealer for pet urine is a stain-blocking primer, such as Kilz 3 Premium Interior/Exterior primer, which not only blocks stains and odors but also contains a mildewcide. I agree, $4000 deposit is not enough to cover the potential damages…. The near worst case would be remove/discard the carpet and underlay (obviously), remove and discard the skirting boards and then remove and discard the subfloor (a very big structural job). Bladder infection in a cat means NOT using the litterbox! We are just going through this right now as we replace carpet with a solid surface floor. I just moved into a rental and the house was infested with fleas. Then turn the carpet over and pull the solution through the carpet side with a carpet vacuum. You are better off pulling up the carpet and using kilz odor primer. Christie, I have a small Cat Rescue (8 cats) and I can tell you, cats will go potty sometimes. Kilz was recommended by our flooring contractor {make sure to get the oil-based version}. I guarantee the house for six months and never had a buyer call and tell me there was a problem. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month. Had it on some oak hardwood under a carpet. Required fields are marked *. We had the carpets in the 3 bedrooms removed down to the concrete slab floor beneath. Your email address will not be published. My 3 year old neutered cat just started spraying on our drywall We have bought and tried everything. We need to replace our carpet badly…. I must admit I have become obsessed with odors since spending $$ on this project. Hey Andrea! Next time I’m scanning any potential house purchases with a black light before buying! Have tried all the products listed but the key is to treat the area, COVER it with an upside down laundry basket for two full weeks as animals instinctfully return to the same location if they catch the scent (their senses are elevated to a higher level than ours) and rewet the area. We thought it was causing a strong sour smell in the house we are renovating. First remove the carpet or floor covering – you can’t get to the urine in the sub-floor through carpet and padding or linoleum. http://www.petsmart.com/dog/stain-odor-removers/nature-s-miracle-trade-pet-urine-destroyer-zid36-13658/cat-36-catid-100018;pgid=zQpmcDkOGphSRp3sEn5ldcYw0000C15BD9Bf;sid=RFDseHhqQ3foeCtccUJ9fOBgxYus2fmxBPFcSyJW?var_id=36-13658&_t=pfm%3Dcategory%26pfmvalue%3Dfaceted. I have not found a solution to my problem – and since we run a No Kill Rescue, we just live with the daily clean-up. Complain to the management before you do anything else and look up state code in the state where you live… You have rights as a tenant!!! I hope this idea helps so you don’t have to re-home your kitties. Simple Solutions in the washing machine with the regular detergent and so forth has always worked for us. I’m in the same situation with, my 400 sq.ft. Did you ever come up with a solution I have the same issue at my home in several areas I’ve tried multiple things literally soaking the laminate flooring. A little spendy but in my experience better than anything else I’ve used (and I’ve tried them all). This is awesome info! And some of the products mentioned here. That is a sign of a slumlord… in my opinion. We are considering sealing the floor with Kilz and replacing the carpet. We will soon be replacing all of the flooring in our house before putting it up for sale. Turn off the lights and turn on the black light. For cat smells we used Nok Out on the sub floor, Ive also used Kilz. ‘Basic chemistry’, he said. We want to rip out of the carpet and lay down new laminate flooring, and we were recommended to buy Kilz oil based primer to get rid of the pet urine on the floors. From continuous mopping, the latex has chipped away and it’s spotted with bare sub floor again. KILZ Original 13 oz. My 3.5 yr old foreclosure had a master bedroom with carpet saturated in puppy puddles.   You can buy a gallon for around $30 and it will cover roughly 300 square feet. Am thinking of applying vinyl not only to the floor but half way up the wall as well for easier cleaning of the “sprays” and no cracks for the scent to stick. Pour it over the wood, and let it soak in for a few hours before blotting it with a towel. I don’t want to pay and surely have good carpet ruined. :Z We’re finally replacing the carpet though; there’s only so much those products can do, and eventually, they were no match for our little troublemaker. I have wood floors in the living room and vinyl tile in all other rooms,but all has to be pulled up due to smell. Blame the owner for not being diligent in their animal care protocols. It worked! I have used Kilz Max to eliminate odor from a bad paint I has just put on. Has anyone used Kilz Original on drywall? Learn how your comment data is processed. For bedding wash is hot with whatever detergent you like (I use a homemade one with baking soda, oxyclean, borax, and fels naphtha) and add regular white vinegar to the wash – a cup or two per load. Notice the plug-nose-with-shirt move going on up there. For fresh urine stains on the subfloor, hydrogen peroxide can help remove the odor. (I guess it never leaves your nose! I know it’s lovely… but it’s a fact of life for me right now. The very first night we got in the house, we ripped up almost all the carpets. After one coat of this paint the pet odor was barely noticeable. I just got to where I was throwing things out cause they smell was still there. I used it to cover a subfloor that had been saturated and stained in pet urine.  But a few minutes later the paint was looking nice and white and we were back in business. For the areas that I can't replace, I'm cleaning and sanding the subfloor. Years ago, when I started buying investment real estate, a more experienced friend said that a smelly house was the smell of money. Topcoat with water-based or oil-based paint. So, that is what we went with. any ideas if they will continue? It has not stopped the spraying – just makes my life a little easier.  Even though it is definitely harder to work with as it doesn’t wash off with water, it is worth the extra work to ensure a stink-less house. 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