Thursday, October 26, 2006

There's a hole in the carpet dear 'liza

We've decided to replace the floors in the bedrooms. Well, maybe I should start at the beginning. We started repainting the bedroom 2 weeks ago and after moving furniture found water damage from the neighbors leaking...something (tub?). So we moved into the boy's room. THAT was a pain. It's smaller, but we actually like it better, "let's stay in this one." "Okay!"

And then I started smelling it. That horrible stench. The previous owner had a cat and apparently kept this cat's litter box ON CARPET! And the carpet reeks of urine. It is so disgusting! I kept complaining to Hubby and tried bleach, lysol, febreze, everything. Want to know how to get rid of the smell of pet urine? Last night I finally got fed up and cut away a good chunk of the offensive material, vacuumed up the old litter remains, and dumped it in the trash. I'm ripping all of it up today. We can sleep in the living room. Nevermind that with doctor appointments and the boy's birthday I have no time to rip up and lay flooring, but since when has that stopped me? I am determined to do this by Saturday's end. So I went to Lowes to look for our flooring and they stopped selling it! So we have to pay $200 more to have the same look of our floors throughout the whole house. But I don't care. I'm so sick of cat pee and carpet and I'll pay anything.

And my husband wonders why I'm not a cat person....

7 comments:

  1. Is the neighbors leaking *something* still a problem? We've had some trouble with our laminate flooring because if water is not cleaned up right away, it warps the flooring. That was a problem when we had the leaking swamp cooler (it leaked while we were away from the house and couldn't clean it up) so now we have some bits that are warped. One day when we can afford it, I actually want to get RID of my laminate flooring. It looks pretty, but it's proven to be a major headache.

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  2. I totally agree. Laminate (like Pergo) works great for the obsessive-compulsive who clean their floor every 5 minutes, but it sucks for the rest of us. Any flooring ruined by a little water is just plain sucky.

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  3. Ugh. I hate carpet trauma....and cat urine smells.

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  4. For future reference, if anybody pees on your carpet--soak it with a vinegar/water mixture and then put down towels with heavy stuff on top of them to absorb it.

    I had baby puke that smelled vile in my living room two weeks ago, and worked like a charm. That works mostly for fresh stenches, though.

    *hugs* Sorry, Kris. Let me know if we need to have the baby shower at my place.

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  5. We put a fan on it (it's just in the corner) and I'm not sure if he's fixed it yet. I have to go to the crawlspace to see *shudder*. Ou laminate's done pretty well even after water leaked from the fridge it didn't warp. Dana's sandwich caught fire last night (don't ask) and he dropped it on the floor and no marks! The only thing that wont get damaged by water is tile (even our vinyl will warp if not cleaned up immediately). I guess cork too, but I don't think most people realize how cool cork is. Resale and all.
    hmmm, that's another blog topic....

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  6. I don't mind cats. I even like some of them, if the individual cat is exceptional. But cat urine is FOREVER. If DESTROYS carpet. My dad buys trashed houses cheap and fixes them up. The ones in which cats peeing were involved, yeah we had to replace carpet... replace padding UNDER carpet.... treat the WOOD under the padding under the carpet.

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  7. It's a wonder that "stronger than a flaming sandwich" didn't make it through the marketing department...

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