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Old 05-15-2006, 09:25 PM   #1
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Default how do you get dog piss smell out of plywood?

I've tried bleach, urine gone, nature's miracle, all in mass quantities. I mean I am literally soaking the wood with it.

Stupid previous homeowners let their dogs use the carpet as their toilet in one corner. Well, they actually pissed all over the damn house but I only was unable to clean it in this spot. The rest came out with a steam cleaning. We made them replace some carpeting but I didn't realize it was this bad underneath until now. This was in their ****ing dining room no less.

Pulled up the carpet and the pad to find plywood stained badly. It is gross.
It was so bad that the staples that held the carpet pad down have rusted. The tacks that hold the carpet down are rusted. The paint is peeling on the baseboards.
It is about a 5 foot long section right under a picture window so when the sun hits that room you can imagine it smells great.

How can people be such scumbags as to let their dogs piss this badly in a 2 year old home is beyond me.

So how do I get the stank out short of ripping up the plywood?
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Old 05-15-2006, 09:28 PM   #2
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get new plywood
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Old 05-15-2006, 09:29 PM   #3
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Have a cat piss on it.

You'll be begging for the dog piss smell to return.
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Old 05-15-2006, 09:29 PM   #4
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get new plywood
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Old 05-15-2006, 09:31 PM   #5
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get new plywood
beat me to it.
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Old 05-15-2006, 09:32 PM   #6
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Old 05-15-2006, 09:33 PM   #7
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You can't. Burn the plywood. Then the dog.
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Old 05-15-2006, 09:35 PM   #8
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a circular saw with the plunge set to 3/4" or whatever will make quick work of that. The nice people at Home Depot will cut the replacement plywood down into 2' x 4' panels (or 32" x 4' panels if you are 16" o.c.) problem solved. easy money.
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Old 05-15-2006, 10:17 PM   #9
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get new plywood
Bingo!

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Old 05-15-2006, 10:21 PM   #10
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I guess replace the plywood it is then.

Anyone know if they sell the little wood strips with tacks in them that hold the carpet down on the edges pre-made or do I have to buy the wood and a bunch of tacks.
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Old 05-15-2006, 10:23 PM   #11
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Anyone know if they sell the little wood strips with tacks in them that hold the carpet down on the edges pre-made
Yes, they do.
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Old 05-15-2006, 10:25 PM   #12
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My ex gf bought a funky chaise lounge at a 2nd hand store. When we took it to her place we realized it smelled like pet urine. We removed the material and cushioning and tried to get the smell out of the plywood. We tried all those enzymatic stink removers. Ended up throwing it into a dumpster.
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Old 05-15-2006, 10:26 PM   #13
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as has been said (and I used to help remodel homes where people let their pets pee freely) new plywood is your only answer.

Bleach sometimes works, but if its real bad, replacing the plywood is the only way to go.
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Old 05-15-2006, 10:28 PM   #14
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Yes, they do.
thanks
I am a woodworking n00b, sorry for the dumb question. I try to make birdhouses and the damn things fall apart.
Wife is gonna freak out when I break out the circular saw on her new house.
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Old 05-15-2006, 10:32 PM   #15
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Did you purchase the property? If so, was the fact that there was very likely pet urine damage to the floor disclosed?

As for a product, I've had great results from OdorXit.

The only way to treat pet urine is with another liquid, so the problem with wood is that if the damage is extensive, you won't reach it in any good amount of time. Think of how many years that urine has soaked down, so the liquid enzym remover has to do the same.
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Old 05-15-2006, 10:34 PM   #16
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Did you purchase the property? If so, was the fact that there was very likely pet urine damage to the floor disclosed?

As for a product, I've had great results from OdorXit.
No, nothing about it was disclosed as being damage that extensive. They were pretty handy about having furniture covering it up when we did walkthroughs on the home. We did make them re-carpet one of the other rooms that had alot of dogpiss stains. I am going to be pissed if I pull up the new carpet in that room and find similar plywood damage.

Good thinking - maybe we can get them to cover it since it could be considered structural damage.

Thanks for the link.

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Old 05-15-2006, 10:36 PM   #17
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If you are sure of the exact area you can bleach it then paint it with heavy coat of something like Kilz. The bleach will reduce the odor and the kilz will trap it in the plywood.

I have never tried this myself but I have seen several people who have and apparently it works fairly good.
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Old 05-16-2006, 12:27 AM   #18
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My husband has used the "bleach-Kilz" method in a house he was renting cause it smelled too bad to stay there otherwise. He was afraid that his dogs would start peeing in that room if they smelled it - he says it worked great for the whole 2 years he was there.
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Old 05-16-2006, 12:31 AM   #19
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A friend of mine used the same method, but it took several coats of Kilz. It's probably your best bet besided ripping out the plywood.
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Old 05-16-2006, 01:16 AM   #20
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Go after the former owners and get new plywood. Just masking it may bite you in the ass when you go to sell the home in 5-10 years and it's still there, moldering.
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Old 05-16-2006, 01:22 AM   #21
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No, nothing about it was disclosed as being damage that extensive. They were pretty handy about having furniture covering it up when we did walkthroughs on the home. We did make them re-carpet one of the other rooms that had alot of dogpiss stains. I am going to be pissed if I pull up the new carpet in that room and find similar plywood damage.

Good thinking - maybe we can get them to cover it since it could be considered structural damage.

Thanks for the link.
No problem, good luck. I'm not sure what the real estate laws are in SC, but in CA if that were to happen, that's a pretty easy lawsuit to nail.

Although, if you knew there were stains prior, you shoulda had that checked out by the home inspector too. Live an learn though, I know I sure have with my first house hah.
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Update!:

While researching the Kilz product toward a thread from earlier today I remembered that this stuff blocks animal/pet smells too. I've never had to use it for as much but thats one of the many items the product is marketed toward.
So anyway I go to their "Product Selector" and plug in 'Priming' & 'Stain and Odor Blocking' and the result points to three choices; Kilz Original, Kilz Low VOC, and Kilz Odorless.

Here is a link toward Kilz Odorless; http://www.kilz.com/pages/default.aspx?NavID=25

I'm thinking since this is on the subfloor and will be covered by underpadding and rug why not save yourself expense and effort and kill the project with Kilz.
Apply the Kilz primer product to the affected area, let dry, and boom probelm goes away no cutting or measuring required.

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Old 05-16-2006, 04:48 AM   #23
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Speaking of new plywood, I got to do something cool today. How do you nail a piece of wood to a cement floor? Use a "gun" that has instead of a bullet, a nail. It's only a .22 cal charge, but fun none the less.
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Old 05-16-2006, 07:18 AM   #25
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A shellac based primer will kill an odor better than an oil based primer (kilz). Personally, I'd use Zinsser BIN. It will also dry a lot faster.. No matter which one you use, make sure you follow the directions for odor blocking as typically you have to let the primer cure longer than if you were just using it as a primer.

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