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« on: September 12, 2011 09:49:10 AM »

Remember this? Well, while I had it pinned to the floor, my lovely cat decided it would be fun to pee on the towel I had over it to "protect it" and well, I'm pissed. It's been like 3 months but still, I am mad! All that work! Started with Raw wool! Here's the Question: How do I get the pee stink out of it? I mean, if I wash it like I would for anything else that has been cat-peed on then felting will occur and Hell no, I don't want that. Any thoughts? Any of you smarter than I am? Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2011 10:39:16 AM »

oh no!  i'd be pissed too.
if you tried handwashing it with woolite or something could that maybe help prevent felting?  or even just letting it soak in some water with woolite and letting it air dry?
or you could always just try fabreezing the crap out of it.   Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2011 12:04:09 PM »

I am forced to live with an un-fixed male cat who marks EVERYTHING (no, I can't just move out, HAH, I wish), so I have a spray bottle full of one part vinegar to five parts water with a few drops of regular dish-washing soap that I need to regularly spray in certain locations. He recently peed in my purse, because he has a death-wish. I used my vinegar mix to wash my cell phone, sunglasses, etc, and the soft stuff went in the wash on gentle/cold with a bunch of vinegar. Same story with anything else he pisses on. LOTS of laundry detergent, LOTS of vinegar. The washer we have has a double-rinse option and a hand-wash cycle, which also come in handy.

If you're really worried about felting, I'd soak it in a lidded tub with a 1:5 vinegar-soap mix overnight, replace the mix, let it is sit a few more hours, replace with water, let it sit, replace with water, etc, etc. If there's a risk of dye-seepage, you could put the container in the fridge to keep it really cold.

I really hope you manage to save it.
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2011 01:58:56 PM »

Gah!!!  Damn cat!!!  I have two very elderly cats, one who is very territorial and marks her territory in the basement with pee.   Angry

I hope Alexus' vinegar method works!!  My favorite remedy involves hydrogen peroxide, so wouldn't be good for your lovely dyed wool.

If the vinegar doesn't work, maybe a soak in Nature's Miracle or Anti-Icky Poo would work.

Good luck!!  I really hope you can save it!!!
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2011 09:38:11 PM »

effin' cats... Sigh.. Okay so I've dealt with my share of evil cat pee.  What works for me is soaking the item in mostly (here's the important part) APPLE CIDER vinegar (none of the 1:5 ratio, go more like 1:1)   Then rinse it.  Then stick it out in the sun for a few days.  Even better if it get's rained on.  And the temp be above 30' C (which is probably 90?)  I can no longer smell the cat pee on my Valco Stroller (damn cat.  That's a bloody expensive stroller.)  Hope that works for you!!
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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2011 03:13:35 AM »

oh no jexxican! As an owner of a cat that likes to pee everywhere and on everything, I would highly recommend using Nature's Miracle or some other enzyme based cleaning product. It really gets the smell out.

I hope you find something that works and that you can salvage your wonderful shawl.
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« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2011 06:06:50 AM »

The only down side to an enzyme cleanser on wool is it could likely destroy it.  So I would test on a piece of yarn before I sprayed a finished item.   Then when it's dry,  take the two ends of the piece and pull hard close to your ear.  If it doesn't sound springy, then it probably wrecked the yarn.
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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2011 06:25:27 AM »

The only down side to an enzyme cleanser on wool is it could likely destroy it.  So I would test on a piece of yarn before I sprayed a finished item.   Then when it's dry,  take the two ends of the piece and pull hard close to your ear.  If it doesn't sound springy, then it probably wrecked the yarn.

ohh I didn't even think about the enzyme cleaner harming the wool. I would definitely do a test first.
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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2011 01:11:02 PM »

Thanks for the words of wisdom everyone. I bought some Apple Cider Vinegar today and it's soaking right now. Don't know the ratio I used: I put the shawl in the sink, poured water on it, squished it around a little, then poured the vinegar right on top, all over it. I'll let you know how it works.
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« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2011 12:49:06 PM »

UPDATE
I did the Apple cider vinegar thing. The corner still smells a little like cat pee, but you really have to stick your face in there breath really deep to smell it. But it also took out some of the purple where the vinegar had direct contact with it: turned it more blue. I think it's because I just had the shawl in the water already, wet and everything, then dumped the vinegar right on top of the shawl and let it sit. Funny thing is it only turned it on one side. Well, both sides but that was where it was twisted.  So part is blue on one side and purple on the other and the other part is vice versa. Thought you guys might want to know about that. My man doesn't think it looks too bad, but it still changed it. Funny: I originally wanted it pink and white and now it's more blue and white. Bah!
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« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2011 01:59:17 PM »

oooh. bummer to that!  good to know though.
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« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2011 08:03:51 AM »

I was going to recommend that you try soaking it in a little baking soda, or maybe even in a little oxyclean. Should take the odor out and any stain but also leave the colors the way they should be.
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