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We have some cats in our basement that sometimes use the litter box but also like to pee all over the carpet down there, especially against the baseboards. As most people know, cleaning up pee against the baseboards is a mess. I have 2 Bissell Carpet cleaners (big upright one and the smaller one) and cleaning up against the walls is hard but also the urine spreads towards the wall as well. My workaround for the moment is placing large strips of silicone on the baseboards so the pee will get on that and be easier to clean. And our long term plan is to switch the basement to sealed concrete.

Does anyone have any tips for cleaning or prevention in the meantime, until we can switch to sealed concrete? And by prevention I mean baseboard covers or something. I am not asking for any advice on the cats.

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    The simple solution is to get rid of the cats, but nobody seems to like that one...
    – FreeMan
    Nov 27, 2023 at 19:19
  • I’m voting to close this question because it isn't about home improvement, but pet management.
    – isherwood
    Nov 27, 2023 at 19:48
  • I'm happy to report that I don't know what it's like to clean up pee against baseboards. I can imagine, though, which is why I don't keep cats.
    – isherwood
    Nov 27, 2023 at 19:49
  • Funny enough, I already posted this on the pets site and they suggested I take it over here. pets.stackexchange.com/questions/38217/… Nov 27, 2023 at 19:58
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    @DanCsharpster, what matters is how other people see it. A democratic voting system is in place. I have renamed the topic, to hopefully stop it from being closed. Nov 28, 2023 at 1:51

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I assume you want to keep the cats either way. What I would suggest is a three-pronged solution

  1. Remove the carpet. It's just going to be easier to clean going forward. Sealed concrete is good, but maybe consider a good quality vinyl plank floorboard. The good stuff is good enough to stop leaks from seeping through, and it's easier to clean up.
  2. Paint your walls with semi-gloss paint. Keeps the liquids out of the drywall.
  3. PVC baseboards. They're pricey, but I wouldn't risk pine or MDF, where the urine might puddle at the bottom and soak into the wood.. Then I would caulk the bottom to your non-carpet floor before laying PVC quarter round.

That should allow you easy cleanup of any urine going forward.

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  • Would it still be a good idea to seal the concrete before putting down the floorboard? Nov 27, 2023 at 20:33
  • It can't hurt (concrete is porous), but if the urine seeps down to the concrete beneath then you'll have other issues eventually
    – Machavity
    Nov 27, 2023 at 20:54
  • Basically, it'd be trapped between 2 waterproof materials at that point, right? Not ideal but better than letting it soak in, I would imagine. Nov 27, 2023 at 20:56
  • Yeah, that's about it. I don't know either option is preferable
    – Machavity
    Nov 27, 2023 at 20:57

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