When you can smell pet urine the minute you come downstairs in the morning and you know it is not a cat box thing, it may be time to pull the old carpet out of the hallway. A new floor installation, preferably wood, helps prevent these odors from seeping through, should your pet have any more "accidents" in the hallway. As you plan for a new floor installation, however, there are a few things you should know first.
Pet Urine Goes Straight Through to the Base Floor
Most carpeting soaks up foul things of this nature like a sponge. The urine travels down into the spongy layer under the carpet, and straight into the base floor. This base floor is often made of plywood or particle board, and it too soaks up urine. This means that you not only have to pull up the carpeting and the carpet pad, but you may also have to pull up the base floor or your pet will still smell the urine through the new flooring and return to the same area.
You Cannot Clean the Base Floor
Try as you might, there is nothing that can rescue the base floor after pet urine has soaked it. Even after you have tried to remove the odor and installed a new wood floor over the top of it, the smell will still come back, seep through the cracks in the wood floor, and hang around. Plywood or particle board is very porous, and not likely to let go of urine odors easily. You may even find that the base floor is partially rotten if your pets have repeatedly returned to this area unbeknownst to you. You have to rip up and replace the base floor and skip trying to rescue it.
Use an Excellent Wood Sealant and Pet Deterrent
After you install your new wood floor, use an excellent waterproofing sealant. This will help any urine bead up on the wood floor and not sink through, should your pets persist on using this area as a toilet. Then use an excellent pet deterrent that will cause your pets to turn up their noses and flee when they approach these areas. Cleaning your floors with citrus oil or vinegar products seem to work best. You will have to be rather persistent about it until your pets stop going to these areas, or until they are sufficiently trained.
Are you worried about replacing your flooring properly? Consider working with contractors such as the professionals at Thayer Decorating Center.