Question about using vinegar and baking soda on subfloor - won't hurt subfloor?

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    LNE

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    Question about particle board subfloor and pet urine.

    Was told to spray enzymatic pet urine cleaner and let it dry, then spray white vinegar (undiluted), let it dry, then spritz with baking soda dissolved in water and let it dry.

    Then I'm supposed to apply Kilz paint.

    Well I've done all except the paint, but the bakingsoda-water left a pale film when it dried. It doesn't brush away or vacuum up. Should I do an extra rinse with water? Or will it be fine since the paint is going on over it?

    And I'm also now wondering if the vinegar or baking soda will cause any structural damage to the particle board, even though it's all dried?

    Thoughts? TIA.
     
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    Welcome.

    The particle board isn't structural, in and of itself, and should have been a substrate for a finished product. So as long as you are using an oil based KILZ or another, you should be fine.
     
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    I had similar problems in the house we are at with the previous owners and pets. The only thing that worked for me after cleaning and letting dry was to apply good old time oil based varnish over everything. The oil Kilz may do the same I’m not sure but the idea is the same to seal it off.


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    Thank you.
    The mold remediation specialist said it would be ok to use the Kilz 3 which is water based, and the flooring installer said to give it 24 hours to dry before they install the vinyl flooring. We did half of a room a few weeks ago with 1 coat of the Kilz 3 water-based paint on the subfloor and there hasn't seemed to be any problem. The can says it's ok to be used on wood. We're not painting the entire floor, just the spots we treated for urine, which in some rooms is all along the baseboards, but other rooms, just splotches in the middle of the floor. Have you had any bad experiences using water-based Kilz 3?
     
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    Thank you. The mold remediation person said that water-based Kilz 3 would be fine, as it's very low VOC, and we double-checked with our flooring installer who said the water-based Kilz 3 should be ok, but to let it dry 24hrs before they come out to install the vinyl floor over it. The can said it was ok to use for wood, and we painted half a small room's subfloor (lots of dog puke in that room) a few weeks ago with the water-based Kilz 3 and haven't seen any problems, no peeling or puffing, so hopefully that should be ok, we hope.
     
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    UPDATE: I talked it over with my husband and started googling about water-based paints and subfloors and we're not going to paint. We got down and sniffed at what we had treated so far, and since the odor is now gone and we'll have underlayment on top of the subfloor and then the vinyl planks, my husband says we should skip the subfloor paint, even though supposedly according to the mold remediation person, our flooring installer and the guy at Lowes it shouldn't be a problem even with the water-based Kilz. I don't want to use oil-based paint because of the VOCs/odor. And at this point, I'm exhausted. Doing all that floor treatment, ripping out carpet and tackboards, the work I initially put into trying to save the carpet before we found out just how much pet mess was in it in ALL the rooms...Everything's all dry now and we don't think there's likely any danger of more liquids making it to the subfloor once the underlayment and vinyl planking are installed. My husband is doing cheers in the background at getting to skip the kilz altogether. Sigh...there really should be some kind of class offered monthly for new homeowners that real estate agents tell us about. Thank you for the tip about using oil-based kilz.
     

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