Thinking Outside The Box With Odor Removal

  • 06 Jul, 2009
I answered the OdorXit phone the other day and there was an unhappy customer on the other end of the line. They had used OdorXit Concentrate several times to remove the odor of a mouse nest they had found in an interior wall of their home and the odor was still there. So as I […] The post Thinking Outside The Box With Odor Removal appeared first on Odor Removal for Just About Everything.
I answered the OdorXit phone the other day and there was an unhappy customer on the other end of the line. They had used OdorXit Concentrate several times to remove the odor of a mouse nest they had found in an interior wall of their home and the odor was still there.
So as I usually do, I started asking questions about what they had done and what the contaminated area looked like and what it was made of.

Inside the Box

Turns out, there was a fairly large mouse nest between two closely spaced studs (8 or 9 inches) in an uninsulated interior wall. A piece of dry wall that spanned the studs was removed exposing the entire nesting area and an additional 8 inches about the nest creating a hole that was about 8 inches wide by 14 inches high).
Further questioning reveled that the user was only wetting the surfaces of the wood and dry wall in the exposed area. (Inside the Box).

Outside The Box

There is no telling how long the nest had been there but you can be sure it was measured in months.  And you can also be sure that during that time the inhabitantance of the nest had deposited a great deal of urine (be it in small doses) into the next. There were also decomposing dead baby mice, mouse stool, and other materials like roaches and other bugs that co-inhabit rodent nests.
Expecting that the nesting materal and the wall materials were the only places that were contaminated is clearly inside the box thinking.  When the area of nest becomes saturated with any liquid capilary action will draw the liquid into the areas around the nest.  Favorite places include between studs and drywall, between the plate (the 2×4 at the bottom of the wall and the end of the studs and dry wall, and in severe or long term cases between the plate and the floor.
Why does this matter?
OdorXit Concentrate is not a deodorant or gas absorber, it is a odor source  neutralizer. This means that it must come in direct contact with the source of the odor to work (neutralize the source).
Just spraying the surfaces addressed only the cotaminationi on the surface of the material being sprayed.  The contamination (the urea salt) can travel into unexpected places while still desolved in raw urine or in water, vinegar, bleach, detergent, and other cleaning agents that were not removed after being applied to the contaminated area.
I have seen the bottom ends of studs inside walls that were badly stained buy urine that had wicked up between the drywall and the wall plate and then soak into the end of the stud. When this happens the end of the stud needs to be removed and replaced by new lumber. I have also seen the plate 2×4 at the bottom of a wall have to be replaced because of it was just too contaminated to recover. The method for doing this replacement is a little tricky because the rest of the stud is not being replaced. If you get too tough with the remaining stud, all the drywall nails will pop and the repair becomes lots more work.
The situation described in this call was not a bad one and the studs and plate were not badly discolored, but that does not mean that there was no urine hiding between the studs and the plate or between the studs and the drywall still in play. The odor description indicated that there was urine residue in all those places.
My best recommendation was to add some surfactant to the mixture an apply the OdorXit mixture much heavier in the area where capalary action was likely to have been a factor. This action may lead to damaging the still installed drywall, but the number 1 goal is to remove the odor, not perserve contaminated building materials.

OdorXit Odor Eliminator

By Terri Friedhoff 24 Oct, 2017

The recent storms that have ravaged multiple parts of the US have caused unprecedented damage. If you or your loved ones were affected by any of these storms, our thoughts and best wishes go out to you. Because these storms were so large in scale, people have experienced everything from moderate to complete damage.

Since getting rid of bad odors is our area of expertise, we want to help anyone who lost power for an extended period of time during one of these storms but didn't face complete damage to their home and belongings. Even if you're dealing with a refrigerator that smells incredibly bad due to it being fully defrosted and having items like frozen food decompose for days or even weeks, we want to go over how you can fully restore your appliance to its former condition.

5 Steps to Saving Your Refrigerator After Losing Electricity

The first step is to remove all of the spoiled food. This can be a truly nasty and smelly experience, which is why you'll want to wear a protective mask and gloves as you do it. Once your refrigerator is clean, take it outside and spray it out with a garden hose. If you have a truck or access to one, consider taking your appliance to a car wash and use the high-powered equipment to spray it out.

The next step is to spray one ounce of OdorXit Concentrate mixed with 30 ounces of water everywhere the refrigerator smells. That means spraying the insulation behind the doors,

under and around the door gaskets, the inside, behind the drawers and every little opening where the defrosted food might have dripped. Once the OdorXit Concentrate solution comes in contact with the rotten food smells, it will remove them from your refrigerator completely and safely.

The second to last step is to let the refrigerator dry outside then bring it back in the house. Don't panic if it still smells a little. It just means there is still at least one spot that hasn't been treated yet. You'll be able to knock it out by continuing to sniff and spraying wherever you detect even a slight odor.

The final step is to remember to be a good neighbor! Spray a few shots of the OdorXit Concentrate solution in the drain at the car wash or wherever you ended up treating your appliance. Anyone who comes by after you will be very glad you did.

By following the process above, it's possible to save even the worst smelling refrigerator, which in turns means saving hundreds of dollars by not needing to buy a replacement. So if you know anyone who's currently trying to restore belongings like their refrigerator, feel free to share this post with them by email or on Facebook.

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