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The way it happened is inconsequential. The point of the story is I came downstairs to load my guitar up to take to church on sunday morning after the worst saturday of my life and found my cat to have filled my Les Paul case with urine. So, how do you clean a guitar case? I never even thought of it before, cause, hey, guitar cases don't need cleaning. It's on both the flap, and the interior. I took it to a dry cleaners and they were not helpful. Any ideas?
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Originally posted by Squirrel Pirates:

The way it happened is inconsequential. The point of the story is I came downstairs to load my guitar up to take to church on sunday morning after the worst saturday of my life and found my cat to have filled my Les Paul case with urine. So, how do you clean a guitar case? I never even thought of it before, cause, hey, guitar cases don't need cleaning. It's on both the flap, and the interior. I took it to a dry cleaners and they were not helpful. Any ideas?

Read this thread . The cat is being a cat. I know, it sucks. Don't leave anything like that on the floor. I learned.

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Great entrance :D

 

Cat urine is pretty toxic stuff and my guess is that it will screw up the foam padding with time.

 

I've rebuilt several old LP cases so my take on this might not be for you but don't under estimate your talents.

 

Everything that's material is either covering thin foam or a thin backing material and can easily be pulled apart, cleaned and put back together with contact cement.

 

I've gutted cases and you'd never know they were stripped. You'll need the following.

 

Those large black paper clips, staple gun with short staples, contact cement, small paint brush & contact cement reducer.

 

I'd pull the lining, clean it carefully and replace it. Sounds like a monster of a job... it's nothing compared to replacing that piping and stitching crap.

 

Without properly cleaning this you will never get rid of that smell. To bad it didn't crap in there. It's much easier to deal with :D

 

If this is too much... don't take it to a guitar shop! Find an upholstery shop and have them do it but leave specific instructions about the dimensions of the padding so it doesn't get screwed up.

I still think guitars are like shoes, but louder.

 

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Originally posted by Squirrel Pirates:

The way it happened is inconsequential. The point of the story is I came downstairs to load my guitar up to take to church on sunday morning after the worst saturday of my life and found my cat to have filled my Les Paul case with urine. So, how do you clean a guitar case? I never even thought of it before, cause, hey, guitar cases don't need cleaning. It's on both the flap, and the interior. I took it to a dry cleaners and they were not helpful. Any ideas?

I'm sure your cat is sorry and grief stricken about the 'accident'. Take your cat to the pet psychologist ... and be sure to use the proper transportation device for safety!

 

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Nature\'s Miracle

 

Anyone with animal urine problems will worship the ground I walk on for showing you this--

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OK---maybe that's a stretch, but this IS the best cat piss odor killer I've ever seen---you can find it at almost every pet store out there, or order it online if you can't find it in a store.

 

You have to use it liberally--as in a lot of the liquid to saturate the stain area, but I'll be damned if it doesn't work--- I've gotten odors out of a couch, carpet, and clothes with this stuff guys-- it works for cats and dogs alike.

 

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I don't want to sound like an expert on this expert forum, but I actually used to have to work on pet urine deposits in peoples homes. Why? Because I used to own a cleaning and restoration company. What people go through to pay the bills.

Pet urine smell can be tricky. You did not say if the pet was male or female. That makes a considerable difference in the amount of treatment necessary.

Urine does not go away when it dries. It crystalizes. You have to neutralize it. You can treat it with topical products, such as found in a pet store or with home remedies such as Ani suggests, but they may or may not work, depending on how good the remedy is and how well the product made contact with the urine crystals. Make sure any stained area is treated. If you need to inject the treatment into the pad, get a syringe and do that. If you don't treat every bit of the urine deposit, the smell will not go away. A cleaning company could probably treat that case for you, but that might cost you the price of a new case. If it were my case, I would throw it out, but you could also tear out the lining and pad, treat the case itself with a pet urine treatment and then install a new pad and liner. A local pet store would probably have a product designed especially for cat urine and that would really be your best bet, but remember, you have to find it all. I wouldn't want my guitar in that case.

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Nature's Miracle and Febreze... don't spare a drop! :rolleyes:

 

I've never taken a Gibson case apart, but if the padding is foam you may be able to first throw it in your wash on hot cycle. Delicates setting, preferably. Then treat and rinse with either NM or Febreze and let stand for at least 10 minutes before attempting to rinse the padding. As for the velour... Just soak it in the NM or Febreze. I don't think you can put it in the washer.

 

Again, like someone else mentioned, you may want to buy a new or used case for all the cost and trouble you'll go to cleaning this case.

 

Sorry to hear it. I have 6 cats and one keeps crapping and peeing everywhere. It gets to be grating on ones nerves. I don't leave anything of value on or near the floor that can't be easily cleaned. :mad:

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I haven't used the Nature's Miracle brand, but yeah, these non toxic enzyme products are incredible for all kinds of stuff. I've used them for pet accidents and they just literally eat the stuff up and make it disappear.

 

Spilled some craberry juice I think it was (I remeber it was red anyway) on a white carpet. Sprayed on some "Everyday Stain and Odor Remover" brand enzymes - disappeared in 10 seconds!

 

No excuse for using toxic chemicals anymore - the enzymes reign supreme.

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WalMart sells a product called OUT!, it's an enzyme preparation that kills urine, feces, or vomit odors. First get as much of the urine out of the case as you can; soak it up with paper towels or cloths, use wet cloths(use some sort of cleaning agent, like Resolve, to get the cloths wet) to get to it and dilute it, then soak it up with dry towles or cloths. Or if you can get a carpet shampoo set up with a separate wand to shoot cleaning fluid in and suck it back out, use it. Then saturate the area with OUT!, and it eats the rest. Keep doping it till you can't smell the urine anymore after it drys.

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Originally posted by Squirrel Pirates:

The way it happened is inconsequential. The point of the story is I came downstairs to load my guitar up to take to church on sunday morning after the worst saturday of my life and found my cat to have filled my Les Paul case with urine. So, how do you clean a guitar case? I never even thought of it before, cause, hey, guitar cases don't need cleaning. It's on both the flap, and the interior. I took it to a dry cleaners and they were not helpful. Any ideas?

Before my daughter came along we had 3 dogs and 3 cats. The cats, especially, liked to throw up from time to time. The

best stuff we bought to clean it up came from he pet store, called 'Pet Odor Rmover' or something like that (it's 7:20 am, I'm still half asleep, I also can't remember the name ofthe stuff for the life of me). Another more natural solution is a mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle, cats hate vinegar so it does double duty in keeping them away from wherever they may have done their deed.

 

I believe the stuff may have been Simple Solution Cat Spray & Urine Stain & Odor Remover, I'll check for certain later (ie I'll ask my wife).

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I suggested pulling it out and cleaning it properly and potentially replacing the padding because, like cwfno mentioned, this leaves behind a substance that is potentially more of a problem for your guitar than the smell.

 

Get a gig bag for the short term and peel it. It's not difficult at all.

If you totally screw up (which I doubt will happen) you're buying a new case anyway.

I still think guitars are like shoes, but louder.

 

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Sell the case on eBay and then claim the odor must have occurred during shipping. ;)

 

Then sell your cat on CatBay after beating it to a pulp with a stick for a couple hours and then claim the damage was done in shipping. :eek::freak:

 

Seriously though, I had a cat for about 12 years and although Nature's Miracle worked to a decent degree, it was never perfect because the cat can still smell their scent through the chemicals and due to this, I found the cat then reapplies their "scent" some more to the same area. The only thing that worked for us, was when we replaced the carpet, thoroughly scrubbed and painted the floor (FYI it was in our finished basement) and recarpeted.

 

The odor/remnants will never go away 100% as far as I know and personally I couldn't keep my LP in a once urine soaked case, no matter how clean and fresh it might smell. Plus as much as I wouldn't want a LP smelling like urine, I wouldn't want one smelling like Nature's Miracle or perfume either. Although I liked my cat, I like my LP more. :rolleyes:

 

Conclusion: like the wise BiCster suggested, consider it a loss and buy a new or used (but not urine soaked) case and give the cat a couple kicks for me. :P

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Ummm....

 

If the cat peed in the guitar case it's because you ain't cleaning the litterbox frequently enough. I've had five cats in my lifetime, and not one of 'em has EVER peed outside the box. Two of those cats actually belonged to a roommate. I was the one who cleaned the box - when he got married and moved out, neither he nor his wife cleaned the thing and consequently their house stunk of cat urine.

 

It is NOT the cat's fault. So do yourself and the cat a favor - get a new guitar case and clean the damn litterbox from now on!

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Originally posted by coyote:

Ummm....

 

If the cat peed in the guitar case it's because you ain't cleaning the litterbox frequently enough. I've had five cats in my lifetime, and not one of 'em has EVER peed outside the box. Two of those cats actually belonged to a roommate. I was the one who cleaned the box - when he got married and moved out, neither he nor his wife cleaned the thing and consequently their house stunk of cat urine.

 

It is NOT the cat's fault. So do yourself and the cat a favor - get a new guitar case and clean the damn litterbox from now on!

I was just going to say that,you must clean the shiter
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it's because you ain't cleaning the litterbox frequently enough.
Actually, you're wrong. The cat defaced my case because she is a hateful, spiteful monster, angry at the way I threw out of the house the nite before when she woke me up at 1am. She has a history of getting her revenge, and it's my bad for leaving the case open. Thanks to all who gave advise, and to all who are sympathetic to my cat... send me your address, and I will mail you a piece of my cat :mad:
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Originally posted by Squirrel Pirates:

The cat defaced my case because she is a hateful, spiteful monster, angry at the way I threw out of the house the nite before when she woke me up at 1am. She has a history of getting her revenge, and it's my bad for leaving the case open. Thanks to all who gave advise, and to all who are sympathetic to my cat... send me your address, and I will mail you a piece of my cat :mad:

I feel for you. I had one of those cats too. Operative word "had". If you didn't feed Saucy when she wanted or if we got home late, she would gnaw on our wood footboard, our wood tables in the living room, wood window frames and/or she'd spray and pee anywhere but her box if she was really hungry. Since she probably weighed almost 30 pounds, we couldn't take her to a vet because she would fight them (and win and one vet actually suggested a mobile vet, which was a service he did not provide) and she was over 12 years old, before we went to Disney a couple years ago, we brought her into a shelter where they probably put her asleep. :bor: Then when we got back, we explained to Sophie that Saucy died. Ten minutes later, Sophie forgot and so did we. I know this sounds mean, but this is a much nicer story than FJ's "Free Cat" picture. :D
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Originally posted by cosmo1313:

Originally posted by Squirrel Pirates:

The cat defaced my case because she is a hateful, spiteful monster, angry at the way I threw out of the house the nite before when she woke me up at 1am. She has a history of getting her revenge, and it's my bad for leaving the case open. Thanks to all who gave advise, and to all who are sympathetic to my cat... send me your address, and I will mail you a piece of my cat :mad:

I feel for you. I had one of those cats too. Operative word "had". If you didn't feed Saucy when she wanted or if we got home late, she would gnaw on our wood footboard, our wood tables in the living room, wood window frames and/or she'd spray and pee anywhere but her box if she was really hungry. Since she probably weighed almost 30 pounds, we couldn't take her to a vet because she would fight them (and win and one vet actually suggested a mobile vet, which was a service he did not provide) and she was over 12 years old, before we went to Disney a couple years ago, we brought her into a shelter where they probably put her asleep. :bor: Then when we got back, we explained to Sophie that Saucy died. Ten minutes later, Sophie forgot and so did we. I know this sounds mean, but this is a much nicer story than FJ's "Free Cat" picture. :D
Got that number to that shelter,I have a male

cat thats was born Easter and is already 30lbs

or more and a pain in the ass.

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Originally posted by Squirrel Pirates:

it's because you ain't cleaning the litterbox frequently enough.
Actually, you're wrong. The cat defaced my case because she is a hateful, spiteful monster, angry at the way I threw out of the house the nite before when she woke me up at 1am.
This is true! I have a cable case that's light blue and about the dimensions of a litter box... and so the ferkin feline crapped in it a few months ago.

Thankfully it was just cords, AC adapters and a couple of stomp boxes that I had My Wife & Kids clean! :thu:

 

I like cats but unfortunately somebody let them think they wouldn't get killed if they shit in my house. I can barely stand the idea of a litter box! What's that!!! Here.. kitty... stay warm and take a crap in this nice little box! How did the dog end up having to go outside! What kind of negociations where done there. What if the dog eats the cat! Can he take a crap in the nice warm house then?

Everyone outside and take yer business with you!

 

The mess is cleaned or the cat is gone.

The mess was cleaned.

No arguments.

I still think guitars are like shoes, but louder.

 

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Originally posted by DARKLAVA:

Got that number to that shelter,I have a male cat thats was born Easter and is already 30lbs or more and a pain in the ass.

1-800-KILLCAT. :D Get out!!!!!!!!! 30+ pounds and barely 6 months old?? What the hell are you feeding him? 12 meals a day of bacon, pizza and ice cream?? Wait, that's my diet... http://webplaza.pt.lu/icaro/Brad%20Pitt.jpg:P
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Originally posted by cosmo1313:

Originally posted by DARKLAVA:

Got that number to that shelter,I have a male cat thats was born Easter and is already 30lbs or more and a pain in the ass.

1-800-KILLCAT. :D Get out!!!!!!!!! 30+ pounds and barely 6 months old?? What the hell are you feeding him? 12 meals a day of bacon, pizza and ice cream?? Wait, that's my diet... http://webplaza.pt.lu/icaro/Brad%20Pitt.jpg:P
Well maybe not 30 lbs but he's a butterball

and yes pizza and anything I can shove in his yap

to shut him up. :wave:

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I like cats but unfortunately somebody let them think they wouldn't get killed if they shit in my house. I can barely stand the idea of a litter box! What's that!!! Here.. kitty... stay warm and take a crap in this nice little box! How did the dog end up having to go outside! What kind of negociations where done there. What if the dog eats the cat! Can he take a crap in the nice warm house then?

Everyone outside and take yer business with you!

Thats funny :D
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