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Eliminate Odors From Hardwood Floors

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    LESLIE: Marilyn in Missouri, welcome to The Money Pit. How can we help you?

    MARILYN: We bought an old house and the people had dogs in the house and a bunch of old wood in there. Anyway, we cleaned it all out; we tore the carpet out. The house is aired out since last March – which is just about a year now – and there still is a smell. Not bad as it was but it’s still there and we want to know what to do to get rid of it.

    TOM: OK. What kinds of materials are we talking about here? Is there carpet down that was there from the old folks?

    MARILYN: There was but we tore it all out and it’s just plain, wood floors; old, wood floors are all there is now.

    LESLIE: So you left – was it a hardwood that was under the carpet? You left that there? Are you dealing with the subfloor or you put something else on top?

    MARILYN: No. It’s just the wood floor that was there.

    LESLIE: That could be the major issue.

    TOM: Is the wood floor like a finished wood floor or is it like a subfloor, like a plywood floor?

    MARILYN: No. It’s just plain, wood floor; there’s no finish on it. There’s no subfloor or anything else, I don’t think.

    TOM: (overlapping voices) Oh, OK. So what is it, like a stripped floor? Like a hard …

    MARILYN: Oh, there is a subfloor but this is the wood on top of it.

    TOM: So this is like a hardwood floor?

    MARILYN: Hardwood floor, yes.

    TOM: Have you been thinking about finishing it?

    MARILYN: Yeah. But we want to make sure we can get the smell out first or ….

    TOM: I have a feeling that’s part of the problem because the floor is unfinished.

    LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Yeah. Is the finish.

    TOM: If you sand this floor down and finish it, any odor that’s in it is going to be sealed.

    LESLIE: Sealed in with it.

    TOM: You really need to – you cleaned up as much as you can here.

    MARILYN: Yes.

    TOM: The only thing you can do is finish the floor, paint all the walls and ceilings but make sure you prime them with an oil-based primer.

    LESLIE: Because you want to seal in whatever odor is stuck to that wallboard.

    TOM: (overlapping voices) Exactly. And in fact, I think it’s – I think – and there’s a topcoat that you can use and I think it’s – Dutch Boy has an odor-eliminating paint that contains Arm & Hammer – like a baking soda component to it.


    TOM: Where once the paint dries, it has a certain capability of odor absorbency sort of power to it.

    MARILYN: OK. Thank you very much.

    TOM: Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

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