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Calling the a.t Coffee Klatch! - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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Calling the a.t Coffee Klatch!
Michael was in England all last week.

Sometime during that week, his snake died.

The resulting cleanup on Saturday morning was something I hope never to experience again.

My question: How the heck am I going to get the "dead snake" smell out of his apartment? Anything related to the snake has been removed, including the wooden cage top. I scrubbed the terrarium once with bleach and twice with PineSol. It's been airing out (all the windows and such open) for 36 hours now. It's still not livable.


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acelightning From: acelightning Date: August 8th, 2004 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
well, first of all, "airing out" will only work if there's a fairly brisk exchange of air. put fans in as many windows as possible; have them blowing outward on the downwind side of the building, and inward on the upwind side.

there is an air freshener called Ozium, well known to potheads; you may find it in smoke shops, head shops, auto-accessory stores (like Strauss or Pep Boys), or drugstores (because it was originally intended to remove odors in sickrooms and hospitals). if anything will get rid of the lingering aroma of dead snake, Ozium will.

finally, you can get bags of "mineral crystals" that are supposed to absorb odors in basements, closets, etc. - they sell these in Linens 'N' Things, among other places. this will take a while to work, but it will continue to work for a long time.

or Michael could move, of course ;-)

skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: August 8th, 2004 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
or Michael could move, of course ;-)

*laugh* He got home Friday night. He mentioned to me over dinner that there was "a smell" in his apartment. I walked up with him after dinner, and halfway up the stairs the smell was nearly enough to knock me over.

I knew exactly what the smell was - he had no clue anything had happened to Feather. It was late, and I knew from a quick look it wasn't going to be any worse in the morning, so we opened the windows and left.

Halfway back to my place, I'm chattering about how I'm going to tackle the cleanup. He says, "You know, my lease is up at the end of the month. I could just move." I explained that this was not the correct response to the problem. :)

Thank you - I know where to get Ozium. I'll pick some up tomorrow and we'll try it out.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: August 8th, 2004 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
doesn't sound as if he was all that upset about the snake... or was he?
From: ex_inviolet697 Date: August 9th, 2004 07:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Torch the place and then call the insurance company.

Note: this solution will also correct any defects or stains in your carpet and furniture.

alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: August 10th, 2004 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)

When he's in England...

...You must get him to give me an email/call or something. Depending on what bit of England he is in, I might be able to drop in in the Grumman. It's only 60 miles over open water for me :-!
From: ex_inviolet697 Date: August 22nd, 2004 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Air ionizers are good at neutralizing smells because they grab hold of reactive molecules. Some HEPA filters even have built-in ionizers. Whenever my closet smells, I set my filter/ionizer inside and let it run all day, and by evening the smell is gone.
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