SFR: cat piss on goretex waders

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Jim Speaker, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. Jim Speaker Active Member

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    So, one night I accidentally left my garage door open. I had my waders laying across the back of my boat drying. Some f'ing neighborhood cat came in and marked his territory on my Simms G3 waders, right on the belly of em. When I discovered it in the morning I immediately (cussing) got em into the sink, rinsed, and let em soak all day in the sink with mild dish soap in the water... fishing last weekend I could frickin' smell 'em while I was on the river. So, I just washed them in cold water in the front-load washer, per Simms care instructions, with bleach-free detergent. Can still smell it. I have them in the washer again, round two, this time with a healthy amount of baking soda mixed in with the detergent... I have a bad feeling they are still gonna smell.

    Anyone ever have a stupid cat piss on their goretex waders? If so, ya ever get the smell out, and how?

    I've had these waders for, idk, about 7 years and I love them... a few little aquaseal blobs to patch minor leaks, but they have overall been the best, most leak free waders I've ever owned. They fit perfect, and the articulated knees are awesome. And, man, I don't want to have to drop another $500+ for quality waders, and can't bring myself to go back to a lesser brand. Dan Bailey's bummed me out after I blew out three pairs way quicker than should have happened - got tired of returning them.
  2. Greg Holt Active Member

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    Jim,
    E-how says soak in "white vinegar" first, then baking soda. Musta' been a half dozen articles on the procedure, and the three I read all called for the white vinegar douche.

    Good luck,
    Greg
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  3. Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    'Stupid cat?'

    Who left the garage door open?!

    K
  4. dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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  5. Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

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    Same thing happened to a tent of mine. Simple green took care of it. However, that was female piss. Male piss is really bad.
  6. Bob Triggs Your Preferred Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide

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    I would say stop washing and soaking and call Simms before you do anything else. The odor in cat urine is protein based. They may have a good fix for it. Vinegar may work well, but it is also an acid and may damage gore tex.
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  7. Peyton00 Active Member

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    I had a cat piss issue after an evicted tennant in an apt. I ripped out the carpet, pad and baseboard. I used 6 coats of KILLZ on the floor and walls and i could still smell it when i got down in the corner and huffed away. The new pad, carpet, and fresh paint did help get the new renter in. ;) I feel for ya.
  8. Jim Speaker Active Member

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    SOOOO not funny!

    I mean wth, did the little bastard have expensive taste or what? Why the hell would it perch precariously on the edge of the boat and piss THERE???
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  9. Jim Speaker Active Member

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    I'm drying them now, hang-dry ofc - inside first. Yeah I was concerned with vinegar. I did read a bunch of articles prior to posting this... couldn't find any re goretex specifically though. I think the baking soda helped... odor seemed greatly diminished. Will know more when dry.

    Next step will be calling Simms if not ok.
  10. Peyton00 Active Member

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    Porbably the smell of fish on your waders from holding the fish to take the fly out...is why the cat pissed there
  11. bigdood fishing hack

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    Give mcnett's mirazyme a try
  12. Stew McLeod aka BigMac

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    Try washing them ... in the washer. You Tube has a video from Simms talking about washing them using powder detergent, gentle cycle ... air dry ... inside and out. I was going to try this myself tonight but only have liquid detergent.

    Stew
  13. Jim Speaker Active Member

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    Ok... after the second washing I can't smell it any more. Maybe it was the big dose of baking soda. They smell like Gain detergent now.

    Boy, the Mosquitos are gonna LOVE me on the Sky tribs this weekend! Opposite of when they were ignoring my stinky ass at Lake Crescent...
  14. Brooks Werner Member

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    My washer has a 'heavy duty' cycle that rinses multiple times. It worked for me with a sweatshirt that the same thing happened to and regular detergent. Although I'd use Nikwax Tech Wash for the waders instead of regular detergent. Or just rub a bunch more fish on them and maybe that'll overpower the piss...
  15. Brooks Werner Member

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    Make sure you rinse a couple times if you use regular detergent or it'll leave residue in the fabric and cause them to leak.
  16. Jim Speaker Active Member

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    Hm. The Simms care instructions didn't specify powder vs liquid, just bleach-free. I used liquid gain. I'll sure find out this weekend if any damage was done. There's gonna be a whole lot of wading Saturday and Sunday.
  17. Brooks Werner Member

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    If the fabric seems to be absorbing more water than usual, try rinsing once or twice more in the washer.
    Waterproof/breathable fabrics need to be washed and dried WITH heat a lot more often than people think. I was scared at first but now I wash all my tech clothing as soon as I see water stop beading up or absorbing into the fabric (Patahoochie waders, GTex ski and hunting gear, etc). The dirt and oils allow water in, the heat rejuvenates the fabric. I also use Nikwax Tech Wash instead of detergent and their TX Direct to retreat the DWR coating (its a wash in like detergent). Looks like you're on the right path if the smell seems to be gone!
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  18. Evan Virnoche Guest

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    I accidentally piss on my chest pocket all the times where I hold my chaa. Never once has stopped me from putting a dip in, I could see how cat piss might wired u out tho

    I even crapped on my wader strap once. The only real remedy is river water seems to clean it out thoroughly in my expiriences
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  19. Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Don't know if it can be used on waders, but SCOE10X concentrate kills odors very effectively. I use this in/around Hank's day kennel. Research the site.
  20. Porter Active Member

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    That will be a great test...85-87 degrees, direct sunlight........then that smell, ewh! gets worse as the sun rises higher, quickly the nostrils start to burn, eyes stinging..... Did you check to make sure there were no other sprayings in the garage?
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