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Removing Cat Smell??

I used to frequent this board, but haven't in about a year...

Our renter has moved out and our rental property smells like cat.  Does anyone know of ways we can get rid of the smell?  We have showings on Sunday.  (I was againest cats in the house, but DH didn't think it'd be that bad...now I'm saying 'I told you so!)

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Re: Removing Cat Smell??

  • 2 parts water, 1 part hydrogen peroxide, 2 tablespoons baking soda

    Mix it all together, put it in a spray bottle (or a sprayer), and spray the affected areas.

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    2 parts water, 1 part hydrogen peroxide, 2 tablespoons baking soda

    Mix it all together, put it in a spray bottle (or a sprayer), and spray the affected areas.

    Thanks!  Everything I've found is a liquid.  Do I just spray this on my hard wood floors? We have carpet in 1 room, but the rest of the house is hard wood.

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  • Get a HUGE bottle of Nature's Miracle (can be found at petco or petsmart) and douse your carpets with it, let it sit for a bit and then get a wet vac to get it up. You might have to do this a few times to completely get the smell out, but trust me when I tell you that stuff works. You can get it in a variety of scents too - lemon, and there's a few other ones and they all smell very good.

    My H & I bought a sofa from someone off craigslist and the ad said from smoke free, pet free home. We went to see the sofa before buying and it was funny because the house smelled like febreeze, so we did not notice the cat smell - and believe me, I know what that smell smells like because my mother owns 4 cats in her house, and my nose is very sensitive to that smell. When we picked it up a week later and brought it home, it wasn't until we got the sofa into our house that we noticed the smell. I bought a huge bottle of Nature's Miracle, removed the cushion covers from the sofa, completely doused the cushions and left them to dry then completely doused the cushion covers and threw them in the washing machine with regular laundry detergent and another cup of Nature's Miracle. The smell came out completely and you would never even know. I was furious though - the person straight up lied and said they did not have pets in their home, when clearly they did.

    Cats are awesome, btw - it just sucks because you get people who will own a cat, but not bother cleaning up after them. And if the cat is not neutered, forget it because they will spray all over the place.

  • Those remidies could possibly not be effective if the stains are old  (one that seals in odors (BIN by Zinzar??)

    Good luck.

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    Those remidies could possibly not be effective if the stains are old  (one that seals in odors (BIN by Zinzar??)

    Good luck.

    This might be true....for me, I am not sure how long the cat smell had been in the sofa we bought, but it was very bad. I still cannot believe we didn't notice the smell when we went to look at it - especially my H with his super sensitive nose, but even me because I generally would notice a smell like that immediately. The lady must have doused it with febreeze right before we got to her house. Either way, the Nature's Miracle worked - but I spent hours upon hours spraying the cushions. I let them dry, smelled them to see if the smell was gone, sprayed them again - I repeated this process like 3 times and then washed the cushion covers doused in the stuff, with lots of detergent and another cup of the stuff. lol

    I think my mother also uses this stuff called Simple Green for the floors in her house and I think it was pretty effective.....so that could also be another option....

  • I wanted to chime in to say that you'll need to find the soiled areas before you can treat them.  You can buy a blacklight called Stinkfinder at Petco or Petsmart, and it will help you find the source of the stink.  I also second Nature's Miracle for carpets, but I haven't tried it for hardwoods.  Good luck!  Cat pee is vile.
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  • I was just reading an article about selling homes and a real estate proffesional recommended this to help with odors:

    Don't try to fix or eliminate an odor with a strong air freshener in every room...to me that's worse than the odor itself!! Leave out small dishes with cider or white vinegar in them...you'll be amazed at how quickly this helps to remove the odor.

    So this, along with Nature's Miracle and you should be good to go ;)

  • Also if cleaning the floors don't work, I'd recommend taking the same cleaners to all the walls and possibly even the ceiling, because paint can also absorb odor; just make sure you spot test, some cleansers strip paint... hope you get the smell out! GL
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