Pet stains. I know that isn’t the most… appealing subject, but I feel like it is probably one that many people can relate to, especially those who have bought “fixer uppers”.
All three bedrooms in our house had carpet, as well as the stairway and upstairs catwalk. The carpet in all areas was in horrendous condition. There were spots that had completely worn through down to the pad underneath. We could tell it was dirty, but it wasn’t until we got all of the leftover clutter and junk taken out and the house cleaned that we realized just how dirty it was. The smell of pet odor was overwhelming. Immediately, we went to Lowe’s, picked out new carpet, and scheduled it to be installed. (We went with Stainmaster Petprotect carpet.) The problem was that it couldn’t be installed for a week or so. There was no way in Hades that I was putting anything on that nasty floor, so we left all of our furniture and belongings that were supposed to go in the bedrooms packed away in the dining room until the new carpet could make it in.
While we were at Lowe’s, we happened to mention that we were replacing our carpet because of the old pet stains. They warned us that if the staining was really severe, it could possibly continue into the subfloor and would keep smelling unless we either replaced the subfloor altogether (ha! yeah right) or seal the stains in. They suggested using Kilz Primer to paint the subfloor with before the new padding and carpet were put down.
We purchased our’s at Lowe’s, but I believe Home Depot also carries it and possibly WalMart. We only used one gallon to cover the majority of the floor in three bedrooms and a hallway. My husband would pour some right over the worst part of the stains (after we ripped up the old carpet and padding) and then using a roller attached to a paint pole, I would roll it out. Not that it needs saying, but just to clarify we used a roller that was immediately thrown away. We repeated that process until all of the stains were covered.
This was the floor in our daughter’s nursery after we pulled up the old carpet (you can also see a glimpse of the Pepto Bismol pink paint that covered every other surface). It, along with our master bedroom, had the worst of the stains. So. Gross.
Thankfully, the Kilz worked like magic and almost immediately our house ceased to smell like a giant kennel. I’ve also used Kilz on some of the baseboards, which unfortunately have some pet issues as well. Apparently, nothing in our house was safe from the previous owners’ chihuahua. We even found stains on drywall that we ripped out in the entryway. Craziness.
Anyhoo. Sorry for the grossness, but we had no clue how to combat the pet odor. Hopefully, someone else in a similar position will see this and be saved as well!
Have any of you had to deal with yucky and lingering pet stains in your house? How did you deal with it?