Cat Pee Smell
by April Peveteaux
So here's the good news, we just bought an awesome new house. One that's
unique style perfectly matches our own. One that doesn't rely on stainless
steel appliances to look cool, and one that I know we'll be able to live
in for years to come. The bad news? Apparently we were so blinded (and
lost our sense of smell-ness) by the multi-colored brick fireplace and
ski lodge from the 1960s style dining area, and did not notice that the
shag-a-rific carpet smelled like cat pee.
Yep, the previous owners had cats and I'm going to go out on a limb and
say they were not fans of the litter box. And our dog doesn't like this
either and shows her disapproval by peeing over the cat markers.
I made it my mission to solve this problem that many deemed unsolvable,
and without ripping out all of the carpet and investing in very expensive
wood floors. It took multiple attempts, but here's how our carpet finally
lost its stinging cat urine smell:
1) Baking soda -- Some people swear by baking soda to remove
odors, and others say it can't do much in the fight against
cat urine. But we were "lucky" in
the sense that we could identify specific areas where the cats had hung
out. So emptying three large boxes of baking soda in strategic areas
wasn't overly costly. I did notice an improvement, but (and it's possible
the smell was just "stuck" in my nose) every now and then I
could still catch a whiff.
2) Coffee grounds -- A similar idea to baking soda, coffee grounds soak
up other smells and neutralize. While it may not have been 100 percent
necessary to do both the baking soda and coffee ground exercise, I'm
glad I did because I really couldn't catch a whiff after I was finished
vacuuming up those grounds.
3) A professional cleaning -- Even though the baking soda and the coffee
grounds seemed to eliminate the odor, I just wasn't going to feel clean
until someone came in and did the job for me. And really when you stop
to think about what your children may be rolling around in, you don't
want to skip this step. But what was key is that I called a company a
friend recommended and spoke to them at length about my concerns. They
were incredibly helpful and spent a long time on the areas of concern,
and I finally feel like I can breathe free. My dog doesn't seem nearly
as interested in marking up the territory either. Thank goodness.