Case study #3
The Expensive Cover-Up
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- A 6000 sq.ft. house was bought the previous winter with
no detectable pet odor, spring brought a massive odor problem and
- Previous owner had a small poorly
- New carpet had been installed in an expensive but
difficult to sell house.
- New carpet was removed to expose the source of the odor on high
This shows an upstairs bed room that had brand new carpet and very high
quality padding (left) installed over an untreated area of contamination.
This was unusual because the offender was a small dog that primarily went along the
wall in this room instead of in the middle of the room. This proves that
where pets urinate on the floor is only a general not a definite
The extent of the urine staining in this bedroom corner is obvious though light.
Large areas like this are often very
easy to treat with OdorXit because the depth of the contamination is
limited. Using carpet shampoo here was not necessary, though it often is
helpful on plywood application.
The extent of the staining of
the tack strip is an excellent indicator of how bad the contamination is
in the adjacent flooring. This tack strip only shows slight
rust rings around the tacks thus indicating a relative light
contamination in the area of the tack strip. This also indicates that it is
very likely that there is urine contamination under the trim stripping and
The balcony at the top of the steps shows a much more common
presentation of dog urine contamination. The entire area was stained
to some extent.
The tack strip had already been removed because this area was being
treated with another odor control product. Unfortunately, the carpet has
been steam cleaned resulting in detergent residue being left on the floor
rendering enzyme products ineffective.
Another view of the balcony and living room below depicting a relative
heavy stain very near the edge of the floor. Certainly an unusual place
for even a dog to soil.
This view is of a room on the lowest level with a
concrete floor. The staining here is limited to a small strip in the
corner (again, an unusual place for a dog to soil).
There is definitely urine contamination under the
wall in the corner that will require more that one treatment of OdorXit to
control the odor.
The Rest of the Story
The conclusions that can be drawn from this example are quite clear.
- Even big expensive houses like this
one are not immune to pet soiling and odor problems.
- Expensive padding and carpeting in
combination with low humidity produced by cold weather or excessive air
conditioning can hide pet odors from even the most discriminating
- Beware of brand new carpeting in
houses that have been on the market for more than a few months. It is
often hiding something.
This study is meant to demonstrates that
urine contamination in up-scale houses is often hard
to identify but easy to treat. The source of this
type of staining is by no means limited to pets.
Please do not take
this case study or its conclusion as an indictment of cats or pets
in general. IT IS NOT MEANT TO BE ONE!
I have a dog and 2 cats pictured on
this site, and would not trade any of them.