Here Kitty Here Kitty...Kitty HAS been Here !

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams 414-525-0563

   We toured a home  the other day and while it appeared to be very clean....no visible dust bunnies, windows washed, counters sparkled....the unmistakable and penetrating odor of cat urine sent our buyers running out the door.  We left a message for the listing agent with a "showing report" that we really could not spend any time in the house having been overcome by the smell. She called back, sure that we had confused her listing with another one because this house had no cat living there....and had not with this Seller. 

     Dini HansonAs a former landlady....and  a "Cat Mom" for decades....the odor is unmistakable....and can certainly be the reason for short  showings and no offers.  The Sellers likely have developed sensory adaptation....having been around the smell for a long time, they no longer smell it.  

   How can there be a "Pet Problem" with no pet in the house ?   What can happen...is when carpeting is cleaned the chemicals in the cleaning solution "awaken" the former pet puddles....which likely have gone thru the carpeting and into the floor boards. When this happens....cleaning repeatedly with wet solutions only makes the smell return and after the "pet deodorizer" that the carpet cleaner may have added to the cleaning solution dissipates, the smell returns. 

    Lipstick on a pigIt is kind of the "lipstick on a pig" story...you can attempt to deodorize and neutralize...but likely, the smell which has penetrated the carpet, the padding and the wood beneath.

    The location of the smell is often difficult to detect with air circulation...it appears to be everywhere. Soooo...what is a homeowner/realtor to do ?   In years gone by, some cleaning companies had a stick sort of tool that detected urine crystals and could pinpoint the affected areas.  In our market, we can no longer locate this item. 

  black light poster  Instead.....you need to take a trip back to the 60's....or know someone who "still lives there"....and get a black light...yes, the kind that served as the "staging" for college dorm rooms from California to New York...and that will "illuminate" so that you can eliminate !  Eliminate does not mean continue to clean....at least not in our experience.  We have not found an effective cleaner...instead....it means replacing carpet, padding....and what you will see as discolored wood flooring.  A more expensive remedy...but one that gets to the problem and doesn't cover it...but removes it.  "Cat houses" rarely sell for what they are worth.

   Perhaps this blog will inspire others to tell of products and methods that worked in the permanent removal of pet puddle problems...great....the more the better.

    If you are looking for the purrrrfect house to call home in Southeastern Wisconsin....call the Hansons...we will be sure that every member of the family...two and four footed is pleased with their new address.

    

 

 

 

 

 

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS

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Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
Keller Williams 414-525-0563

  There are those folks who believe...the more the merrier...not true....and the cat will "tell" you by claiming their territory...two is our limit....and everyone lives happily ever after...just ask Magic and Dini.

June 09, 2012 09:56 AM
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Gene Mundt
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Very good info here, Sally.  Having never owned a cat, or having to address the resulting issues, I had never heard of the 60's lighting trick.  Good info to pass on.  Buyers need to be aware that the kitty smell can linger quite stubbornly and present a sizeable problem, if found within a home.  Valuable info to pass on ...

My best to David ... and to Magic and Dini too, of course!

Gene

June 09, 2012 02:36 PM
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James Dray
AR., MO., or OK. I can find the home for you.
Wise Custom Realty

Good moeninf Hanson's I like the ending using the purffffect statement brilliant..  Anyway you are correct but the blacklight tough to find at least you one you're talking about.

June 10, 2012 02:36 AM
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David Burrows
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Good Morning: You shared some very interesting insight today on what is commonly known as a pesky problem. Thanks for posting.

June 10, 2012 04:57 AM
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Pacita Dimacali
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Alain Pinel

Regardless of how many times a carpet is shampooed, the odor will come back after a while. The only solution I've heard of that really worked was to rip out carpet --- padding and all --- repaint, remove all drapes... everything that can retain any kind of odor (pet, smoke) goes out the door.

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