Use Oil-Based Paint to Neutralize Pet Urine in Subflooring

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How to Neutralize Pet Odor in Subflooring

Pet urine can be an eye-watering stench that’s nearly impossible to deodorize. Most pet owners are familiar with the various carpet cleaning tips and pricy products used to defunkify their musky carpets. But when pet stains happen, urine can soak through the carpet and into the subflooring, leaving a stain and a stench that can’t be lifted with carpet cleaner and elbow grease. If you have pet odor that will not go away despite your carpet cleaning efforts, follow these easy steps to seal your subflooring of odors.

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It’s Not Just Your Carpet … What You’ll Need:

  • Oil-based stain blocking primer (such as Kilz Original Oil-Base Stain Blocking Primer)
  • Paint brush
  • Face mask
  • Gloves
  • Shop vacuum

How to Neutralize Pet Urine in Subflooring:

  • First, you’ll want to clean your carpet where the stain occurred.
  • Wait! Before you start sealing the subflooring, put on gloves and a face mask for safety.
  • Pull up your carpet where affected and evaluate the flooring. Make sure the area is dry and free of mold. If you discover mold or a potentially wet and rotting subflooring, call a professional to evaluate further.
  • Use a shop vacuum to free the subflooring of any loose debris or dirt.
  • Grab your oil-based stain blocking primer, making sure to shake and stir well before application.
  • Using your paint brush, apply the primer generously to the affected area.
  • Let the stain dry completely, and then re-lay your carpet.
  • Enjoy the relief of an odorless home!

Sealing your subflooring will only neutralize the pet odor if your home is just as clean. Combine neutralizing your flooring with Molly Maid’s cleaning service to ensure a fresh smelling home. Request an estimate from your local Molly Maid!