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What is the best way to clean grounded-in cat feces?

Asked by xacrox (240 points ) April 4th, 2008 from iPhone

I just moved into a new place and the landlord said he’d drop the deposit if I clean it myself. But there is what appears (and smells) to be cat feces that has been ground-in (it actually looks like it has been melted onto the floor. Kinda like gum on a sidewalk on a hot day). What should I do to clean it?

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gailcalled's avatar

Oh, brother. Can you afford the guys who steam clean carpets (is it a carpet issue or wooden floors)?

xacrox's avatar

wooden floors

gailcalled's avatar

Double yuck. Rubber gloves again and maybe clothespin on nose. Medium grit and fine grit sandpaper. Mask. Down on hands and knees; start by scraping w. blunt knive that you hate or a paint scraper to get any solids off; then sand w. medium grit (wipe away dust w. tack cloth); sand w. fine grit (tack cloth again) and then thin coat or two of matching gloss or satin polyurethane.

annaott22's avatar

steam cleaners work very well for any sticky or or stuck on stains.you could use the steam from an iron too just place a towel or wash cloth over the stain and place the iron on top and press the steam button until the substance comes loose it should work.

annaott22's avatar

@gailcalled great idea if you have time to put new poly down but I think steam would work better.

gailcalled's avatar

@anna: I never thought of the steam iron idea. Although I am hardly “hints from Heloise,” I will add that to my repertoire. I was thinking of only small spots. You are right; he doesn’t want to sand and refinish all his floors.

I have used an iron, with a cloth underneath, to remove small spots of wax from clothing. Thanks for reminding me.

annaott22's avatar

No problem! I love cleaning! (for some crazy reason) I am the master of stains!

gailcalled's avatar

So, how close are you to Albany, NY?

annaott22's avatar

I’m in Atlanta but if i’m ever up that way I’ll let you know! lol

xacrox's avatar

you could head by here too, I’ll even have pizza. Haha

Zaku's avatar

Does animal poop really do anything like gum on a hardwood floor? I wouldn’t think so – I’m betting it is gum or man-made goop or something.

annaott22's avatar

if I could clean everyones house I would! Really! Its my favorite hobby!

Zaku's avatar

That’s cool! So would you want to make it what you mainly do?

annaott22's avatar

Yes and no. I’m realy in to special FX make up thats what I do but in Ga there isn’t alot of work in that department. If I did clean for a living I would want to make it my own business and not work for a maid service. I want to make my own schedule and be my own boss.

mcbealer's avatar

If you do indeed have any cat feces make sure no one pregnant helps with the clean up – there’s an airborne microbe in it that could cause birth defects for the embryo/fetus.

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/coccidia

helenel's avatar

You guys – thank you so much for this information. I had a sick cat who would only poop in the basement, and I’ve been going nuts trying to figure out how to clean up all the old stuff. I tried really hard to keep up, but I have toddler twins and they take up a lot of my time! It makes me nuts that there’s still some residue down there. Especially after the basement had a mild flood while there was still residue on the floor. Ick!

My mother recently bought me a steam cleaner for my horrific kitchen floor, but now I think I’ll try it out on the poop fest in my basement.

Any ideas on how to sanitize the entire floor because of the flooding? Bleach is a bad idea (as I discovered) due to ammonia in the cat poop, etc.

Thanks, helenel

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