Dry the area with a clean, dry cloth until no more moisture is felt. This is best done by blotting with the cloth rather than wiping the floor, pressing the material into the wet wood and patting down on it to allow it to soak up the moisture. If the cloth becomes too damp, replace it with a new one and continue. This time take an enzyme cleaner to the affected spot. While there are many such products on the market, you’ll want to choose one that is specifically designed for pet urine stains. Test it cleaner on a small portion of the flooring that is not easily seen before using it normally to ensure that it will not stain or damage the wood.
Then, following the cleaning directions for the particular brand you purchased, apply it to the area. If your methods thus far have not worked, you can be certain that urine has seeped into the wood itself. To remedy the problem, the floor need to be sanded deeply enough to completely remove the stained part to leave only clean wood exposed. Once the stain has been sanded away, re-clean the area with an enzyme cleaner and dry completely. Apply a new wood sealer on the entire floor afterward to ensure that this never becomes a problem again. Got a New Project You’re Proud of?
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The less penetrations through the sealed subfloor, the better, odor-wise. That’s the answer we were looking for. Exercise common sense and caution when doing such remediation work. Once mice have been in residence in a house they can die in the walls and heating system, making them difficult to find. This guide is about rodent odor in walls and vents. Here are the questions asked by community members. I think a rodent has died in my heating vents!
The smell is horrible, and it is starting to get much worse. I first noticed it toward the kitchen, and then it started getting much worse, and now the smell is also spreading. I am pretty sure it is in the heating vents. I’ve pretty much narrowed it down. I have tried to use the shop vac, with a long tube on it, and I was praying that by chance I would suck it up but no luck! I do not have the resources to go under the house, rip out the insulation, take all the vents off, and clean it out. What can I do to get rid of the smell?
The worst part of this is my poor daughter’s rooms are right in the path of the stink. I use candles, sprays, and Plug Ins, but it is just not cutting it. It has been about 2 weeks, so I thought it would be getting better by now, not worse. I am guessing it is much bigger than a mouse, but I don’t know. I am a retired cleaning lady and have run across this more than once. I have seen rats die in walls, ducts, and in my own home, the attic. The smell is really awful, but it is temporary.
It takes about two weeks to go away on its own. In my own case I had a gap next to a vent fixed on my roof and apparently trapped some rats in my attic. I was able to tape off my range fan with plastic and duct tape and the smell went away. I assume there is a dried out rat corpse in my attic somewhere. One of my customers had a rat die in her wall with no way to get to it. It smelled wretched, but two weeks later there was no smell. I am not sure how much that would cost. I would give it a bit more time, and then call the duct cleaners. You could try plastic over the heating vents for a few more days. He then took the wire coat hanger and fed it into the vent until it reached the rodent. He then inserted the hook around or into its body and drug it to the vent he was working from. I hope this works for you,as it did for us. I didn’t spend a cent on getting it out. PS: We had to unscrew the screws that held the vent down. I also had a dead mouse in the walls some where in between a bedroom and bathroom.