|Purred: Mon Jan 24, '11 3:35pm PST |
|So a while back my roommate's cat, Scout, went through a period in which she was peeing in my bedroom every time I left the door open (literally...and specifically in my room too...trust me, it was not a great time). Scout was finally diagnosed with a UTI and went on medication, and that seems to have solved the problem (though I still diligently keep my bedroom door CLOSED). I thought I had cleaned up all the old spots right after they happened (easy, since most of them were on my BED), but last night I was rearranging furniture and discovered a couple of boxes that were covered in slimy, dried-up urine spots (one both inside and out). I threw out the boxes and thoroughly washed the area with a product my roommate has called UrineOff, but it didn't do anything for the scent. So I put more of the cleaner on it and left that to soak overnight. My concern is that it seems like the urine smell has soaked into the hardwood floors in that area, and now that I've rearranged things so that that section of floor is exposed, the smell is very strong. I'm sure there are one or two other sections of the floor that are like this, as I have occasionally smelled hints of cat urine odor in my room but haven't been able to find the source (and for those wondering, yes, I am moving soon).
I'm sensitive to smells, so this is really going to bother me if I can't fix it soon. I've cleaned up cat & dog messes before, but they were always within an hour of the mess getting there, and they were always on either linoleum or carpet. I've never had to deal with an old stain soaked into hardwood like this.
Soooo...how do I go about eliminating this odor? Anybody have any tips or tricks they've found especially effective? Especially for older stains on a hard surface? I'm going to try white vinegar mixed with water tonight (or should I just try it undiluted?), but anything else I can use would be really helpful. Or if there's a particular technique you use for applying products and cleaning them up, that would also be nice.
EDIT: I should clarify that I don't have my own cat (Tiger passed away a little over a year ago), so there shouldn't be any problem keeping all cats away from the area short-term, if need be. They're pretty much completely banned from my bedroom at this point anyway. After I move out next month they will be allowed back in there, though, so I shouldn't use any products that will leave any long-lasting toxic residues or anything.
Edited by author Mon Jan 24, '11 3:42pm PST
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