03:52AM | 11/17/07
Member Since: 11/16/07
4 lifetime posts
I bought a home that has been vacant for 9 months. The owners left 10 cats there that used the rugs as a litter box (also cat spray on the walls.) It's so bad, that we pulled out the (very nasty) rugs and padding but the urine has gone into the sub flooring. I bought Natures Miracle, applied to coats. Still stinky. I was thinking of applying a coat of Binz Primer to walls and sub flooring then applying two coats of Kilz Original, then pain and put down rug and hard wood floors in kitchen. Can anyone tell me what I should or could use, oil based, latex, what goes on first and will keep the smell away so I can actually move in!I can't afford to put down new sub flooring. Please help!


09:10AM | 11/18/07
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
The primer to use in this case is the BIN pigmented shellac as that will hold back the odor. There is no need to prime over this with the oil based stain killer but you should prime the entire wall as if you only prime half of the wall it will show throuigh your finish paint. Of course you will need to prime the entire subfloor area to insure the odor is held back.

Hope this helps out.


06:26PM | 11/20/07
Member Since: 11/16/07
4 lifetime posts
Thanks, That's the product I bought and have already put one coat on EVERYTHING. I'm going to put a second coat on everything, then paint and new wall to wall carpets. I hope this will work. I want to live there for a very long time.

Thanks again,



06:19AM | 04/16/09
Member Since: 11/16/07
4 lifetime posts
Hello, today is April 16, 2009 and still NO CAT SMELL! I found out there was 27 cats, not 10! I used bin Original primer on everything from floors to ceilings, inside cabinets and I had to pour the Bin into a few corners of the house so it would seep into all the cracks between the walls and floors. It was so disgusting I can't explain how bad it was.The subflooring was still wet from the cat urine! I pulled up the rugs. let the house and floors all dry out, vacuumed the salts from the urine. treated it with a urine be gone which didn't do anything really. then I poured baking soda all over the place, (believe me, I was desperate to try anything) vacuumed again after a few days then used the Bin. I used two to three coats on everything! Then new padding, rugs and laminate floors. THE SMELL IS GONE! I never thought I would be able to live here, but I've had people that are allergic to cats come and stay here, and nothing. I swear by that Bin Original.


04:45PM | 04/16/09
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
I am glad to hear that the BIN primer worked and that you are able to enjoy your home.


04:18PM | 09/07/09
Member Since: 09/06/09
1 lifetime posts
I recently removed all the wall to wall carpet and padding from a room and hall. I have one room to go. The cat repeatedly urinated on the carpet and it's really in the particle board sub-flooring.

I read about B-I-N and plan to use it. My question: Is Clear B-I-N better as claimed for odor sealing? Also, should I spray the floor with an enzyme - I have Anti Icky Poo - and let it work for a couple weeks first?

Thanks for the advice.


05:29PM | 09/09/09
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
Most people use the pigmented BIN as it is easier to find and it works. I have found that as long as the floor is dry the BIN will hold the odor back.


07:45AM | 04/24/12
Member Since: 04/24/12
2 lifetime posts
I've had a similar problem when moving into my grand parent's apartment. I have a friend who is a veterinary too. He said there is no easy solution to this. I had to remove all the layers down to the concrete, place insulation and put the coating back on.


04:49PM | 04/25/12
Member Since: 03/10/12
25 lifetime posts
So Bin really worked? That's great. Glad you got the figured out.


10:53AM | 05/15/13
What makes the smell of something, like cat urine or smoking odors? The smell is made of invisible gases that have vaporized from the source. These vaporized odors float in the air attaching to any airborne particles carrying the odors and toxins throughout the room. Permanently resolve these issues with, Air-ReNu a paint additive, turns any wall, surface, into a permanent air, purification system no electricity or filters required.


01:59AM | 06/04/13
Can someone help me? Whats the difference between bin and kilz when it comes to removing pet urine odor. We just purchased a home and the smell is overwhelming. Should we just paint oversubfloor or remove and paint. Thank you

Veronica Jeannette, Hamilton, NJ

11:33PM | 03/11/14
Member Since: 03/11/14
1 lifetime posts
My problem is cat urine odor in the garage. I care for 4 feral cats who sleep in my garage during the awful winters, especially this winter, here in NJ. For two years I had no problem whatsoever with odor. This year was different. I used a product called GET SERIOUS which I purchased from Petsmart and paid a lot of money for. Used it twice. Still hasn't worked.

Next I'm going to try either BIN pigmented original primer and paint the garage floor and walls or AIR-Re Nu, a paint additive. We'll see what happens.


07:59PM | 06/24/14
Hat 2 fixed cats, they urinated on the carpet. I tried cleaning the carpet with Pet stain remover, also put baking soda and hydrogen peroxide on the sub floor. Was good for a while and now the cats are starting again. Just don't know what to do anymore. Does anybody have a tip and that.
Need to rip the rug out and treat the sub floor with something.


10:29PM | 06/30/14
Member Since: 06/30/14
2 lifetime posts
I'm in the process of purchasing a house that had cats in it. The sub floor is still wet from cat urine. I am planning on using BIN sealer on the floor. My question is how long does it take for the wet areas to dry? Any suggestions on getting it to dry faster other than using a fan on it? Can I put something on it to help dry it?

Thanks for any help.


08:15PM | 07/27/14
Has anyone tried the bin on cat urine and did it work?


07:08PM | 08/28/14
Yep. I've been working on a house all summer. Sealed the subfloor with BIN and can't smell ca.t pee anymore.

Works awesome


07:10PM | 08/28/14
Member Since: 06/30/14
2 lifetime posts
Works awesome. I can't even smell cat urine in the house I've been remodeling.


05:16PM | 08/31/14
I pried up all the oak flooring down to the subfloor, used Nature's Miracle (didn't work well enough) and then used KILZ water-base to seal it. This wasn't enough and NOW I'm reading this post and planning to use BIN. My question is: is it too late now that KILZ is already down?


03:24PM | 01/04/15
We bought a house with a lot of dog urine in the carpet, and it had penetrated the plywood subfloor in places. I first used the low odor synthetic shellac water-based BINS primer, which was more expensive, but the urine stains were clearly penetrating it, even after two coats on the wood and sanding & vacuuming the worst white-crystal-marked spots. I don't know if this also carried odor, as the floor wasn't smelly, but we just wanted it sealed so we didn't have any nasty surprises in the hot humid summer later. We did original shelac based BINS on top of that, and there was no soak through. The floors were very dry, and conditions were cool, not humid. In comparing the two products, the water based was much thicker, which sounds like it would be good, but I actually preferred the runnier original because it soaked into the cracks better and spread back under the trim along the wall much easier. The odor diference between the two is incredible. The first was light, but I used a respirator for the original and the house smells something like nail polish remover fumes enough to get lightheaded. Both dried relatively quick. What a wonderful product.


11:19AM | 01/23/15

My husband and I purchased a home about 6 months ago. we were unaware of cat urine on the carpets until we moved in. the home. It as if the previous owners just allowed there pets to run wild.

anyway...we now need to determine whether we should replace the subfloors through out, or is there some form of chemical treatment we can use to penetrate the stains and remove the smell. If we need to replace the subfloors

Any help you can offer would be AMAZING!!!


02:36PM | 02/11/15
I think I have solved our problem. We had HORRIBLE cat urine issues in our living room. Pulled up carpet and padding. Subfloor was awful and had black mold in two spots. You had knock yourself out odors from 8 feet of the subfloor areas. Did not pretreat with enzyme as some suggest. Put down 4 coats of BIN pigmented shellac. Stopped the worst of the smell. The most offensive areas still had some bleed through odors doing a sniff test from an inch or two above the subfloors. Tried two more coats of BIN to no avail. I had a can of Kilz and decided to drop a coat down on top as it is much thicker oil based to see what would happen. One coat down on top and dry time and I dont smell anything outside of a quarter size area or two with a faint whiff any longer. Thinking about putting on one more coat of kilz for good measure. The BIN seemed to be better to put down first because it really absorbs. The Kilz is much thicker and more of a top coat and sealed it good. No bubbling or anything odd that I saw so far and I am still alive. I would suggest trying them in that order. If it can fix my issues, I can not imagine it could be much worse.
Click to reply button Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon