Home Improvement: Conquering Pet Stains & Odor

Back when we tore up our carpets and prepped for putting down our laminate floor, the process also involved some stain/odor control.    When we started tearing up the carpets, we quickly found the stains that I had been dreading to see.  If you ever decide to undertake the project of tearing up old carpet and replacing it, and you are “lucky” enough to find these types of stains there are a few steps you will want to follow to have stain & odor free bliss:


Step One: Remove Remaining Moisture (Ew gross!)

Due to the lack of ventaliation that pet stains or even spills on carpet that aren’t properly cleaned have, it is advisable to attempt getting rid of this excess moisture while you have the opportunity. One method of doing this is by laying out some kitty litter over each spot and letting it soak up the moisture and some of the odor.  What a nifty trick right?


 Step Two: Sealing in Remaining Odor

No matter how much kitty litter you use or how much you spray your house with air freshners, those pet stains (thank you previous owners and puppy piper!) create those oh so lovely and lingering odors that will stay with your house until addressed.  To seal those stains in you should find a primer similar to Kilz or Bins that specifically addresses sealing in pet stains and their lovely odor.  Your local home improvement store will have a variety of brands to choose from.  I talked with the paint salesman and he pointed me to the one that was just right for our project and needs. 


Step Three: Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor

Breathe in some fresh air (once all the voc’s from the primer are gone), although you could use a low voc product too, ask your local hardware store what earth friendly or low voc product would address the odors.


1 Response to “Home Improvement: Conquering Pet Stains & Odor”

  1. 1 Savannah October 17, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Awesome blog!

    I thought about starting my own blog too but I’m just too lazy so, I guess Ill just have to keep checking yours out.

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