Make a day bed from reclaimed timber

Make a day bed from reclaimed timber

You’ll definitely enjoy spending more time outdoors than in your bedroom when you have a daybed like this on your porch or deck! Is this going to be your next DIY project?

The property you are considering buying has the potential to make you a lot of money. Only that has a big problem, and this problem is why you can buy this property for such a bargain. The problem is odor, smell of a lot of pets.

Are you going to seal or paint floors and walls to trap the scents? Will it solve the problem for you? Unfortunately, the answer is no.

Sealants are intended to block stains on walls from bleeding through and staining of new paint is applied to a wall. They are not intended to seal or block gases (odor) from flying or passing through. Some but not most colors provide a continuous membrane color that is not gas permeable. However, imagine that only one of many sides of an object such as a plaster or floor covering is painted, giving a limited odor control and success.

Both fire and tobacco smoke are exceptions. However, long-term contamination of walls and ceilings with tobacco smoke can only be sealed after most tobacco sweeteners have been washed away with Tri-Sodium Phosphate (TSP). The remaining tobacco smoke air can be eliminated with chlorine dioxide gas. It is a small package of powder that produces a gas called chlorine dioxide when exposed to water vapor. This gas oxidizes smoke residues and completely removes the odor in as little as 24 to 48 hours.

Sealing of urine odor in floors can work on plywood floors, but careful analysis of the process reveals some serious deficiencies. Sealing plate floors actually reduce the amount of water and water vapor that comes to the urea salt (produced by the urine residue) so that the salt does not produce the smell in the form of mercaptan gas.

When the floor is put back into service, small movements of the surface caused by passenger traffic and furniture will cause the seals to crack and leak water vapor and mercaptan gas out. The crack is large enough to allow water vapor and mercaptan gas to escape, but too small for this and liquid fluid to be able to get started with the urea salt. The floorboards also have six sides. Sealing a page is not enough to solve the problem.

Using sealants or paint to seal concrete floors is more efficient, but most sealants and paint are gas permeable. In addition, scratches and wear in the seal or paint will cause mercaptan gas to re-leak the seal again, creating the problem mentioned above.

Heavily contaminated wood and concrete floors present another problem. When the urea salt gets wet from water drawn from the wood or concrete, it expands and will actually lift the sealant and paint the floor. When these blisters rupture, the smell comes back.

So if sealing and painting do not work, what does?