We have a large closet in our apartment that has always smelled of cat urine. Despite taking every measure we possibly could to eliminate the odor, it still smells, 2 years later. Is there anything left to try?
When we moved into our apartment 2 years ago, we had one closet that smelled *very strongly* of cat urine. We had the apartment management do everything we could think of to eliminate the smell. Below is everything we and the management have done to try & get rid of the cat piss smell.
- Saturated the carpet and closet walls with Nature's Miracle, allowed it to soak and then dry.
- Washed the carpet and closet walls with water to rinse any residue out.
- Bought 2 Oust fans and a few things of baking soda to let sit in the closet to neutralize the odor.
- Removed the carpet and carpet pad, saturated the floor boards and wall closest to the door with more Nature's miracle and let soak and then dry.
- The management then installed tiles in the closet where the carpet had been (not real tile, those dumb adhesive tiles).
- Closet still smelled so I put refills in the Oust fans and let them run until the batteries died.
This closet is supposed to be a combination coat / linen closet, but I do not want to put coats or linens in there because I don't want them coming out smelling like an old cat lady. We even have cats, and their litterbox area never gets to smell like this! We have always kept the closet closed because we are also afraid that our cats might mistake it for a second litterbox.
We've used this closet for storage for things that won't absorb odors (our vacuum, some cleaning supplies, snow shovel, etc), but we're at the point where we need the storage for the coats & linens we have had to pack into our bedroom closet (which is bursting at the seams).
Is there anything else you can think of to get this closet to smell better?
Alternately, can you recommend any non-expensive ways to store linens & coats in this closet without having them come out stinky?