Cleaning a flip of years old pet urine (old lady cat house)

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A house that could be a good deal has been on the market some time.  The problem is that the prior owner had a number of pets, which she allowed to use the floor as a cat box.  The stench is super strong in the house.  If I could find a way to clean the house, it would be a great rehab and rental.  Other than removing all the sheet rock and flooring, is there another way to make the place habitable?

Rip out all the carpets for sure. If there's hardwood or laminate, you're probably looking at prying that up as well to replace some of the soaked subfloor underneath.

I would first try renting an Ozonator from Home Depot or somewhere similar...

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Well.....I hate to tear up old wood floors but you may have to in order to get rid of the smell.  As far as walls, trim, cabinets and doors apply Kiltz to everything.

cats seem to be much worse than dogs, and the longer the urine sits, the more damage it does.

I would expect you'll have to replace the carpets, pads, and probably a good bit of subfloor. If you try and replace just the carpets, it's likely that you won't solve the problem.

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