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How do you get rid of cat odor in a home that is clean,hardwood floors, no carpet? The previous owner had pets.

I would like to move into this home, but the smell of cat urine will not go away, even after cleaning floors over and over and using air freshener. I am afraid if I move my things in, everything will take on smell.

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Kokinaw has the fix for the floors....but... I'm afraid it's much worse than that. I've remodeled several hundred homes and can tell you that I've run into this many time before. Male cats spray. This means it soaked into the Sheetrock probably behind your baseboards.... And in the base boards... No amount of paint or KILZ will fix that though you could try. Use your sniffer and se if you can locate the areas they were repeatedly using to urinate on. Carefully pull the base board back and smell. If it gets really yucky really fast cut those sections out and replace. I've seen them so bad that the Sheetrock disintegrates on touch !!! Nasty yucky make you want to puke arghhhhhh....
Hint: here's where we've generally found it the worst.
#1 place for cat urine.... Staircases....
Then
Bathrooms
Laundry room
Kitchen
If its a 2 story, pray to god its not in the sub flooring. Also, it's probably the reason there's no carpet in the house. I've seen many cat nuts spend thousands of dollars changing all their floors to wood and tile to help cut down on odor instead of just getting rid of the damn cats. Good luck and I hope this helps.

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Sounds thorough to me.
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Gotta be. That stuffs unbelievably rank. Did a job for a guy last year that had 30+ cats... He had plenty of money, never married, no kids, just cats. The house was very well kept and he spent tons on different feeders,waterers, and special litter boxes and you could smell the cat piss on the sidewalk leading up to the house !!!! We got most of the odor out but impossible without getting rid of some cats. It got so bad at times I would have to leave to keep from puking!!!
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I think you should try a new freshener or before you end up with a house you can't afford to replace everything in because that is the only way you will get the smell out. You should know that you can never fully remove the smell of urine from wood or concrete.

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That is what I am thinking. I put a few things in the home and then they smelled the same. Thank you for your help.
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You will prolly have to pull up the floors and replace any padding underneath, and replace the wood floors.

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Air freshener won't do anything to remove smell of cat urine from your hardwood floors what you need is pure orange oil. I have had great luck with using orange oil to remove pet urine odors. I found these instructions for you, but from experience disregard step 3 and do step 2 first with the vinegar and baking soda, then step 1
http://www.ehow.com/how_5667740_remove-cat-urine-wooden-furniture.html

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Natures miracle. It is made for killing cat piss mistakes. I use it all the time

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Recently purchased a foreclosure home, the property had sat empty for over a year before, I bought it and pet odors were pretty bad. A friend had mentioned this air-renu product, I had to paint the entire house anyway and if it did work I would save a lot of money by not having to replace the carpet and carpet pad. It took several weeks before I could tell it was working now all the smell is gone. If your having an odor problem. www.air-renu.com

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A lot of good answers before mine. Here's another - Go to your local Home Depot and purchase liquid Oda-Ban. Dilute per instructions and apply liberally (mop or sponge on rather heavy, but dont flood) to the hardwood flooring. The intent is to get the product down through the joints in the flooring, and at the source of the odor. Do not allow product to stand pooled on the flooring surface for more than a few minutes. Several applications may be necessary. This works most often with true hardwoods. Not recommended for laminates or engineered flooring.

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An all-natural paint additive has been developed. Air-ReNu, turns any newly painted wall surface, into an effective and permanent air purification system, no electricity or filters required. The Air-ReNu all-natural, technology permanently maintains healthy indoor air quality and continuously removes offensive odors.

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