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Old house completely gutted smells

I'm not sure what your smell is, but every old wood framed building that I've been in that has been demo'ed down to the studs & subfloor has its own particular smell. Not particuarly pleasant, but not terrible usually. I wonder if the rot is causing the smell.

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Removing the carpets will do a lot, and using a primer or cutting out drywall that is stained will take care of those areas. A duct cleaning may be in order to get the dander out of the HVAC system.

One thing that I've heard of with subfloors is to paint them with a primer such as Kilz that will help seal and lock in the odors. I don't think bleach will do much on the subfloor, but a bioactive digesting cleaner may help. Worst case, you can always cut out the subfloor (presuming it's wood).

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