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Subfloor treatment for pet urine


I have a carpet that was stained with some pet urine and it went down into the subfloor.

I am planning on putting in hardwood flooring, do I have to treat the subfloor first? Or would the stain on the subfloor be taken care of when I put in the hardwood flooring? 

Thank you!
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Posted 2017-01-24T19:44:55+0000  by CorRin CorRin
Hello CorRin and welcome to the Community.

If the integrity of the sub floor is still flat, dry and solid the stains should not present a physical issue.

My concern is with the residual smell or scent.  Future occupants with animals may have problems with their animals reacting to the smells, marking their territories and such.

There are several premixed products you can choose to remove those pet odors.

Another way is to make a poultice of vinegar and baking soda.   Make a paste combination and apply it to the stained area.  Let it dry completely and then remove it.  If it is a deep stain you can cover the poultice with plastic to lengthen the time it has to draw the odor out before it drys.

A third choose is to use hydrogen peroxide, which is a PH neutalizer.

It can't hurt to take these inexpensive preventative action to protect your investment of your new flooring.

Thank you for your inquiry.


Posted 2017-01-26T18:09:24+0000  by Char_HD_CHI
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