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A dog urinated on my guitar, what to do?

Asked by Kokoro (1424points) February 21st, 2010
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Any tips? It smells now… it peed in the inside of it.

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Axemusica's avatar

~cringing~ it’s screwed. It will always smell like pee. ack

candide's avatar

clean it up – is it an acoustic guitar or an electric one? If it is wooden acoustic it will be easy enough to clean. I had a violin once that had been neglected and had a mouse family living in it, but it was fine after some care. yours will be too.

chyna's avatar

Don’t be mad at the dog. It didn’t mean to pee in your guitar.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

He is a very mean-spirited music critic.I would launch the guitar into the garbage.

ucme's avatar

Throw it apoostick.Aside from that, the guitar is plucked,get rid.

gemiwing's avatar

Put Nature’s Miracle on a sponge/towel and go over the inside- be careful to use a little bit at a time to hopefully keep warping out of the picture. Give it a passover, let it dry out for a few days, then pass over it again. Could take a while.

Saving that- salvage parts you can and ditch the rest. Or use it as an art piece somehow.

candide's avatar

look, if it’s acoustic, take the strings off of it, clean the wood inside and out with a damp cloth, not wet, and give it a spray of Glan20/lysol/dettol, whatever disinfectant you have. There should be no problem with it

JeanPaulSartre's avatar

D: How long until you found the “problem”? If it soaked in, I’d use nature’s miracle as @gemiwing said, and then take it to a guitar tech to make sure there’s no warping issues. Good luck!

fathippo's avatar

track down this vile dog, and then pee on him =)

TheLoneMonk's avatar

While my guitar gently pees…

Rarebear's avatar

Dog peed in my banjo case once. Fortunately my banjo wasn’t in it.

YoH's avatar

Teach him to play.

babaji's avatar

Start playing the piano, don’t think your dog likes guitar.

juniper's avatar

Seriously, nothing can totally erase the smell of a dog’s urine—especially on a surface as porous as wood. Ugh. Time for a new instrument.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

Write a country song about it.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Follow @candide ‘s suggestion first. If some urine smell remains, try sprinkling baking soda inside the soundbox (body) and distribute it around well. Leave it for a few hours. Empty and repeat if necessary!

I hope that helps.

faye's avatar

I second the use and reuse of baking soda, may take days. I discovered too late that an old cat of mine was peeing down a hot air register!!! vinegar and baking soda and charcoal chunks worked.

Rufus_T_Firefly's avatar

Many fire restoration companies have ozone rooms that can remove varying offensive odors from certain household items after a fire. If the guitar was valuable, it might be something worth thinking about. It won’t be free, but it shouldn’t be too expensive.

Russell_D_SpacePoet's avatar

Get rid of the dog…

tb1570's avatar

Sounds like a Frank Zappa song…...

Aster's avatar

You’re lucky. Ours peed in a big tape recorder. no more male dogs for me

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