I get the
impression that there are a lot of untrustworthy cats in this country
from the number of remedies submitted to me on combating urine odors.
step-by-step from reader Ed Zoller in Jacksonville, Fla.:
If the area is
carpet and padding.
Clean the area
by scrubbing with a stiff bristle brush and a solution heavy with
Pine-Sol or Lysol. Don’t use ammonia-based cleaners; ammonia will
intensify the odor and might even attract the cat for a return.
If the surface
is wood, underlayment, oriented strand board, plywood, or even
concrete, be sure to dry the area as quickly as possible. Use a
Shopvac or old towels.
Continue to dry
the area with fans for at least a day or two after you scrub.
When it is
absolutely dry, paint the area with Kilz or a similar product. Use a
generous coat or two, and let it dry thoroughly.
padding and carpet.
way, remember that a black light used in the dark can show you where
urine is located on carpet or other surfaces," Zoller says.
"This can help you narrow your search so you know where to remove
carpet and treat.
also want to research all the reasons cats do not use their litter
box." Otherwise, "you may solve the odor and stain problem
only to have to replace the carpet and re-treat all over again."
Q: I only just
discovered your column, so I hope you haven’t covered this problem.
detergent leaves glassware with a cloudiness that worsens each time it
is washed. How do you avoid or correct this, besides discarding and
replacing with new? After-rinses only provide spot-free drying. The
detergent makers only equivocate and waffle.
A: Should we
tell him, ladies and gentlemen? The majority of the votes on the issue
that we handled a few months ago was for Cascade Complete, although my
spouse, who is much more attuned to the problem, says that the Cascade
Platinum I bought by accident recently does an even better job than
Q: We have hard
water. We have not gotten a water softener because I have sensitive
skin that gets red blotches when using softened water at other homes.
Our home is 35
years old, and I’ve noticed that the water pressure is not as good
as it used to be.
Can this be
caused by some kind of buildup in the pipes due to the hard water, or
can there be another explanation?
A: It could be
the hard water.
deposits not only fur up and tend to block the water pipes, especially
in heating systems, they also have an adverse effect on appliances and
the hot water heater.
alternatives to water softeners to ease the buildup? I’d talk with a
plumbing contractor to see what your situation is, and then do some
Jacksonville reader, Linda Bishop, weighs in on another topic we’ve
covered recently — keeping showers clean.
element that affects the level of ‘clean’ is the chlorine in the
water combined with the fat used in most soaps and shower
washes," she says.
installed a chlorine filter on my shower in November 2012, I began to
notice a huge improvement in the grout cleanliness. I installed the
filter for the benefit of my hair and body, but am enjoying other
benefits such as a shower that stays cleaner longer."
household hints and your questions coming. The way I see it, no one
has a monopoly on the right answer.