Last summer we performed an extreme cat hoarder clean up, in fact is was one of the toughest clean ups Sage Restoration has done yet! In this situation the owner of the property had literally moved out of his own home and let the cats take over the home. The odor was so bad that his neighbors could smell it from the street.
The owner found us online and contacted us about getting his home cleaned up so that he could return to a clean and healthy home again. The debris in the property was about 4-5 feet high and cat feces and cat urine was littered amongst the debris. Cat urine is one of the toughest odors to remediate but it can be accomplished is done correctly. Cat urine puts off an incredible ammonia odor and many times male cats will also urinate on the walls to mark their space. When we are doing with cats and especially male cats we will walk through the property with a black light when will illuminate areas with a high amount of protein which can be urine, blood etc. That way we know whether we need to treat and encapsulate the walls like we have to do with the subfloor.
This job took us 4 days to complete. Day 1 was spent doing a trash out which is removing all trash, debris and cat feces. The first half of Day 2 we spent finishing our trash out and the latter half was spent removing all carpet and pad. Our crews are skilled at completing tough jobs like these so we are normally to knock out a typical hoarder job in 2-3 days.
Watch the video to see how we went about our clean up the first couple of days.