Would You Haul a $750 Sofa to the Dump or Spend $50 to Fix It?

Try to imagine this scenario: You spend $750 for a new sofa and chair—not on a whim, but after saving and shopping; comparing and scrutinizing. Finally these beautiful pieces you’ve waited for arrive. The room looks better than you could have possibly imagined. Even your beloved cat seems to approve. Yes, I said cat.


Before the newness has worn off, the unthinkable happens. The cat becomes stressed (presidential politics, no doubt) and does what many cats do under stress—“sprays” both the sofa and chair. Argh!

Does any of this ring a bell? It was the subject of a recent post, “Some Smelly Situations Require Extra Toil and Patience.”  This little story is reality for Linda who wrote for help in getting rid of the smell of cat urine on her furniture—the kind of odor that brings tears to your eyes. She’d already given Nok-Out a noble try by spraying it on the affected areas, but the smell remained. 

Knowing we needed to get this right and soon, I asked Nok-Out’s owner Ted Price (1-866-551-1927), to weigh in on this painful situation. You may also recall that in that post we got a science lesson. Nok-Out, explained Ted, is an oxidizer. It neutralizes even the worst  odor on contact. But it must come into contact with the source of the offending odor, not merely spray around it. Ted explained exactly how Linda should re-treat both pieces of furniture with Nok-Out to completely eliminate this offensive odor. And sure enough, within a couple of weeks, we heard back from Linda with this follow up:

DEAR MARY AND TED: I’m happy to let you know that it worked! With Ted’s tutorial in mind, I poured another gallon of Nok-Out on the arms of the furniture allowing it to really soak in and then allowed it to dry over a number of days. This time it finished the job! No more odor. Thank you. You have an awesome product! Linda

I know what you’re thinking: An entire gallon of Nok-Out? That’s a lot of liquid! And it’s not exactly cheap (but reasonable with discount code DPL). And keep this in mind: You can actually dilute Nok-Out in a 4:1 ratio (4 parts water to 1 part Nok-Out) to save money and achieve the same results. Nok-Out is quite strong when used full strength, so this dilution, according to Ted, maintains well the effectiveness of Nok-Out.

Let’s think this through: Would you haul a $750 sofa and chair to the dump because you refuse to spend $50 to fix the problem? Probably not. I know Linda wouldn’t. Attacking the odor with that much Nok-Out allowed it to soak into that upholstery and all the stuffing too, so that it came in contact with every smidgen of what the cat deposited. That allowed the entirety of the odor to be oxidized. And since Nok-Out is as harmless as water, it did not affect the upholstery in any way. It dried just as if it’d been treated with water.

Nok-Out is non-toxic, completely safe around pets and kids, looks like water and contains no perfumes or chemicals. Yet it neutralizes one of nature’s most difficult odors—eliminating it permanently.

DEAR MARY: I’ve been reading your column for only about a year or so, but have really enjoyed it and have learned a lot. The question you received about mold in a basement together with your answer about using Nok-Out is an issue that I’m very interested in. My related question is: Do you have a recommendation for a vaporizer as recommended in that post? I think that the symptoms my husband is exhibiting might be due to mold (constant cough, short of breath, exhaustion, dizziness). Even if mold isn’t causing his symptoms (we are exploring other causes), I think that using Nok-Out in a vaporizer can’t hurt—can only be a good thing. Again, thank you for all you do! Dee

DEAR DEE: Either a room humidifier or vaporizer will work for this application, provided that it produces cool mist (Nok-Out should not be heated to or near the boiling point), and has a capacity sufficient to allow it to hold enough Nok-Out to run for a number of hours between refills. When using Nok-Out in a vaporizer or humidifier, use it full strength—and don’t forget to use code DPL to save 10% off your order.

URPOWER Cool Mist Humidifier has a capacity of 4 liters and can run for 15 hours between refills.
Good luck with your project!

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  1. mjb5167
    mjb5167 says:

    In regards to the second letter from Dee, if mold were the problem, wouldn’t a dehumidifier be better to use rather than a vaporizer that puts more moisture into the air?


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