How to get out toilet stains and smell from house?


Ederly family member wants to sell home, has terrible smell from pets not turned out to pottie and toilets not flushed . Need to remove stains in toilets and smell . Have deep cleaned and it hasn’t helped .

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  • Rynn Rynn on Jan 21, 2019

    So sorry! i once had a tenant who had a dog; when she moved i tried EVERYTHING i could dream of including having it professionally cleaned. Nothing would get rid of the smell; i sat charcoal in several areas, opened windows for weeks in the summertime. I removed the carpet and pad--- still STUNK! Finally mopped the raw floor ( which was concrete) with pure undiluted bleach; after the second soaking of bleach the smell was better. Let it air for a few days, and eventually put down new carpet and pad. Unfortunately, I don't have a great solution other than to say don't be like me and waste a year waiting for it to get better. Best wishes! PS- BLEACH,bleach, bleach for the toilet.

    • Pat Pat on Jan 21, 2019

      We took carpet out a couple years ago for the smell put down laminated flooring and ceramic tile in entryway, the dog still wasn’t turned out , may have to sell as is.

  • Bijous Bijous on Jan 21, 2019

    Hi. Use products designed for urine removal. These are found online, in big box stores or where home nursing products are sold. These products have enzymes that attack the proteins in the urine. If there is carpet, the urine has soaked into the padding and possibly subfloor. The carpet and pad needs to be removed and the subfloor painted with a stain blocker to stop the smell. The floor in the bathrooms may also need to be removed. Or, the house can be sold "as is" and these repairs left up to the new owners. Good luck.

  • Ahilly Ahilly on Jan 21, 2019

    Try using straight apple cider vinegar...put in a sprayer bottle and liberally spray the area. Let it dry well. Replace the toilet seat and any carpeting that pets have “used” and spray the vinegar there. Be sure to spray where the toilet tank and bowl meet when you’ve removed the old seat. The vinegar scent will disappear within a short while. Repeat as necessary after it’s well dried if odors remain. Try using denture cleaner tablets in the toilet bowl. Use a new toilet brush also, since it could be a source of odors. Hope tis helps. Good luck!

  • Nature's Miracle does a wonderful job of removing pet odors and I agree, You could also try these tips for the toilet...and I highly recommend getting a new seat. THey're cheap and that can make a difference.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Jan 21, 2019

    Remove all carpet and pad, bleach toilet and tile floor.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jan 21, 2019

    The biggest problem is the floors. Carpet and pad are soaked and have to come out. There is no steaming or shampooing that will solve that. You might have to replace some sections of plyboard that are heavily damaged before putting down new floors.

    There is a product called ODOBAN which you can usually get from WalMart. I would get a few gallons and use it undiluted. I would mop down any concrete affected as well as plyboard and give it time to dry. Pour some down every drain in the house...the kitchen, bathrooms, tubs, sinks, washing machine drain...everything.

    Leave leave it in the the drains a few days.

    For this purpose, I would get a BONA mop at Home Depot. I would then get a bag of those white terry cloth towels at Costco or Sam's

    I just had a bad urine smell in my bathroom. We don't have pets in there so I had no idea where it was coming from. Even the walls smelled bad. I washed everything down, even got down on my hands and knees on the floor to try and sniff out the odor. (Thought it might be seepage around connections of toilet near floor.)

    Poured bleach down drains, cleaned walls and floor with cleaner AND SOAPY rag...nothing worked.

    I finally got out the OdoBan and poured some down sink and some down tub drain and some in toilet. I washed down the fixtures. walls and planned to wash down the ceiling but had to leave the house for a few days and when I got back the smell was gone! I has not been back.

    I now keep the Odoban handy in that bathroom and every few days pour some down the drains!

    I still don't know where it came from, but it is gone!

  • Bridget Delaney-Adams Bridget Delaney-Adams on Jan 21, 2019

    After removing carpet and cleaning the surface below, get a high quality primer and the seal it, to prevent the return of the odors. If it’s a wood subfloor it may be best to replace the impacted area. Good luck!

  • Karen Daniels Karen Daniels on Jan 21, 2019

    7,237 Amazon customers swear by this product.

    Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator - Enzyme Cleaner. It’s used for cat and dog urine odors. One reviewer explains her process for getting the odor out of plywood (with photos).

  • Patty Morgan Patty Morgan on Jan 21, 2019

    I used a toilet solution that got ride of rust and lime. It wasn't that much money at all and I got a new toilet brush as well because the rust made the old one look dirty. You should be able to find it at your local Walmart and both items is less then 5.00 together. I tried other products and this one really worked and I didn't have to scrub that hard. When cleaning a bathroom it is important to clean behind the toilet. It is not the best job but, it does get dirty with boys. I like to open the windows to air out the house when I can even in the winter. Fresh air is the best way to get any smell out of a space. I have a small carry basket with all my cleaning products together to make cleaning up easy. If you do it once a week it really doesn't get that dirty. When you have rust in your water it could look dirty even if it isn't so using the right products really makes a difference. Be careful putting anything in your toilet tank, if you have animals or children. I wouldn't take the change of them getting sick if they drink the water.