How to partially change flooring in part of hallway?


I had a very old poodle who had numerous accidents in one place in our hallway all the time before he passed away. We are looking to replace that section of flooring but the issue comes in with 4 doorways coming off the hallway. We do not want to change every room or the other part of the hallway yet and may not use the same flooring for them as we do in the section we want to replace now. I have attached a picture for reference on where the doorways are. The one door is just to my furnace closet. There is also a doorway to guest bathroom that cannot be seen in the picture. How do I transition from this section to all the doorways? We were thinking about painting? Is there a reason we should not paint? We are on a tight budget with only 1 of us working. Any inexpensive floor ideas and how to transition to all the doorways would be greatly appreciate. We can do the work, we just don't have alot of money. I am pretty sure we may have to change out some subfloor as well due to all the accidents have more than likely soaked into the wood subfloor. HELP!!!

Sorry for the long post.

Thank you in advance.

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  • Betsy Betsy on Aug 13, 2018

    Hi Kelly: Before you put down any new flooring, you have to get rid of the smell. Here's what I use for pee/poo smells: I had carpeting pulled up after 40 years only to find that the cats used one corner as a potty! Talk about stink:( I got a product called OdorMute. Sometimes Pet Supplies Plus carries it or you can get it on-line. It's a granule and you mix it with warm water. I sprayed the area from the top and from the bottom, going into the basement to do that. I used a goodly amount, but not soaking the wood so it would swell. I left it for a day, resprayed and the smell is gone. This stuff is amazing, you can wash the pets in it if they get sprayed by skunks, your clothes and just everything. Cats peed on my son's baseball pants. He hid them in a plastic bag and I found them several years later. I put them in a pail of water with the OdorMute and they came out smell free and really white. It should work on your floor, it works on everything. And, it's earth friendly, has no odor of it's own, and made in the USA! You need something that is an enzyme eater, that's what makes the smell, the enzymes. Some Walmart stores sell it, too. I highly recommend this product! :) Sorry to hear about the loss of your puppy:(

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    • Betsy Betsy on Aug 13, 2018

      Hi again, Kelly: What you need is an enzyme eater, and that's what OdorMute is. If you are having a mold problem, more air movement would help with that. Here is a site I found about removing mold from a wooden floor. It doesn't sound easy, but it's cheaper than having a company come out.

      I just lost my beloved cat, Miss Missy, last September and my sweet bird, Perkins, in November. Both were nearly 25 years old. It's such a tough time when we lose a pet, and we love them so much. I'm still grieving the loss of my cat, Wrex. He was 18, had kidney problems and passed in 2004. Sometimes you just can't get over the loss. But, they were such good ambassadors of pets, it helps to give that love to another pet who is just waiting for a hug and a warm lap. And, it helps us transition, too. Again, so sorry for your loss.

      Good luck with your project.

  • 1CraftyMom! 1CraftyMom! on Aug 13, 2018

    I just recently had a huge pet stain issue! I tried many products to clean it; testing in different areas. I tried Resolve brand urine stain spray to pretreat then put Resolve pet stain solution in my carpet shampooer as per the directions. It worked like a dream!!!!! Carpet I was convinced I'd have to replace came out like new and smells fantastic (not perfumy). Give it a go. I spent under $10 on both products combined.

    • Kelly E Rainey Kelly E Rainey on Aug 13, 2018

      Thank you for your response. I have tried most the resolve products and have used the ones to apply directly to the carpet and that go on my carpet cleaner machine. I have not much success. Still a lot of stickiness even after rinsing with plain water a few times. The more I walk on it the stickier it gets. I am pretty sure it is down to the subfloor and walking just pushes it up to the surface. I may have to pull the carpet and treat the wood and replace padding or pull up the carpet and treat just the wood and replace padding. One way or the other if I keep carpet, the padding is probably going to need to be replaced. Or maybe I can treat the padding, wood subfloor and the carpet. Hmmm, that could work. Ugh.

  • Emily Emily on Aug 13, 2018

    I paint a lot of my floors and we once had a cat who urinated in a corner of our sitting room. Paint sealed in the residual odor. Our upstairs hall has 9 doors opening from it. Left pic is hall and right pic is bedroom off hall. You can achieve more with paint on floors than with any other covering and for less money.

  • Patti Nicholas Patti Nicholas on Sep 11, 2018

    Before doing anything to your floor you have to get rid of the uric acid crystals that form. These crystals are not water soluble so the only thing that water or a water based cleaner will do is wash away the cleaner. An enzyme cleaner will get rid of the crystals which, in turn will do away with the smell and stain. The most important thing to remember is that you have to use an amount of enzyme equal to the amount of urine so you’ll need a lot and probably more than one application. In my company we use a two part enzyme cleaner because we don’t usually have the time to do multiple applications or wait a long time for one to work. You can purchase a similar product here

    once the surface is clean you can safely change the floor to anything you like. Personally I’d love it painted and maybe add a fun stencil to make it a focal point.

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