Adele from Belford, New Jersey
I have had good results with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of 20 mule-team borax and a tablespoon of oxy-type stain remover. mix with hot water and then put into a spray bottle and use as needed. The borax takes out the urine smell and the Oxy gets the stain. (07/16/2007)
My husband, myself and our two children just sold our home, and have decided to rent for a while. This lady is a nightmare that rented the house to us. Apparently, the previous owner, and probably previous owners before that, had pets. Cats, dogs, who knows. I can't rip out the carpet, and I'm sure that the urine is in the carpet, pad, and floor boards. We didn't notice the smell until we cleaned them ourselves - and now... wow! To make matters worse, we have pets of our own. They were perfectly potty trained, but now they smell the odors. I've tried vinegar, carpet sprays, professional steam cleaning. I can't find the exact spot either. It's like the animals previously peed everywhere. I have air fresheners in the house, but they are only temporary fixes, and give us all headaches. This is awful. Oxi Clean is a bad idea though. We did this to our old house. We thought it was great, but when we steamed cleaned when we moved out - the spots we treated were discolored. Please help us!
Editor's Note: A black light will help you find the spots that are "dirty". (07/29/2007)
We inherited my father's house, and his senile wife had cats (no cat box) and dogs inside as well as an occasional rabbit. The wall to wall carpeting was in good shape prior to them moving in, but went south in a hurry! When we got it, I bought a Rug Doctor steam cleaner on e-bay, because I knew it would get a work out. Since entire rooms were polluted, we chose the worst and started in. I wet vacuumed the worst spots using the nose to find them. We had a black light and it showed urine everywhere. Commercial cleaners will do nothing as they hit it only once (been there, done that twice!). I hit the bad spots repeatedly for about a 6 week period, until the waste water came out almost clear. I soaked the carpet clear down to the floor boards and then sucked it up repeatedly. I used about 500 gallons of fresh hot water on one room. When I was done, some smell remained, so while the carpets were still wet, I mixed 1 gallon Petzyme (cheapest enzyme available at Petsmart) with 4 gallons water and saturated an area until it "squished" under foot. Leave it like that for 12 hours or more so the enzyme can work. Then wet vacuumed with clean water, let dry. Vacuum. Sprinkle with baking soda based odor control powder; let it remain for a day, and then vacuum again. Now they don't smell like urine anymore! (08/10/2007)
By Ray K.
Use vinegar by itself and poor it on your rug. The rug and or house will smell for a day or two but the smell of urine goes away! Do not be afraid to use a lot. Also i do not know if this works on wool rugs. (09/13/2007)
My son who is 2years old has to run away and pee on the carpet and I found that 1/4 part regular white vinegar and 1 part water is good enough to remove the smell completely.
1. Make the mixture enough to fully cover the area
2. Fully soak the area to cover the pee area with the solution or rub it in for a couple minutes
3. Pat or rub dry with a towel.
Your spot will smell of vinegar for about 1/2 hr after but after its dried its like it never happened!
Dear all frustrated people. I have been cleaning carpet for over 9 years now. Urine is very tricky. Dog urine is different that cat urine. For the lady with the couch, you are treating and retreating the outside of the couch. Don't forget there is fabric on the inside that you are not able to treat. Typically vinegar is suggested remedy because it is of a low ph. If you get the stain fresh (Good luck with that) then it should do the trick. Please throw away all resolve cleaners, it will cost you more in the long run. Oxy clean usually is only safe on Olephan (or plastic carpet) Ive heard recently that natures miracle with citrus oxy clean works. My client swears by it and I don't smell anything when I clean her past effected areas. Use at your own risk though. I hope this helped. Please remember that anything you put down chemical wise you must neutralize it. This is why when you clean a stain it goes away but then the stain comes back faster, you are leaving a residue that attracts dirt. Any questions feel free to contact my email Wres4life43 AT hotmail.com make sure you reference carpet. Good luck to all. (12/27/2007)
I just used a vinegar/water, hydrogen peroxide/dish soap solution I found online, with baking soda on 2 dog urine spots on my brand new berber carpet. Brain surgeon me did not test a small spot first, and my carpet looks bleached out! I think I am going to throw up seeing my carpet is only 5 or 6 months old. And if thats not bad enough, the spots are right in my formal as you come in my front door! There is now way you could miss them! Guess I really screwed up this time! (01/27/2008)
First Lesson:neutralize then clean. Vinegar has become a staple shelf product in my house. Goodbye Bleach, Hello Vinegar! When I was preparing to move in I thought I could wipe EVERYTHING down with a mild bleach and water solution. That's when I learned the neutralize first trick. Cleaners mask but don't remove scent. So it began with a mixture of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle (50/50). It got better, only on still or rainy days or if the windows had to be closed there was a slight scent lingering. Big guns came out, went to straight white vinegar in the spray bottle. Gone! Goodbye bleach, hello vinegar.
My husband and I bought a house from an estate sale. The house was un-occupied for three winters in NE that I know of and the previous owners were a couple who tended to Ferrel cats. After he was taken out, the estate didn't know how long, how many or how they accessed the run of the house, perhaps through a cellar window. Even after the estate removed the obviously damaged furniture, and anything of value from 1920 era house, the walls showed spots of the animals. It took me nearly two years to rid the house of the scent completely. (03/30/2008)
Help! I had a couple of spots show up on the carpet where our elderly beagle must have peed and then it dried. Nature's Miracle works when I find the wet spot. I soaked the spots with NM and let them dry. Then I rented a Rug Doctor to steam clean using just water. Now it smells worse than before -- there must have been another stain I didn't know about. I've spread the smell over a larger area with the carpet cleaner - ugh. Any suggestions? Vinegar in the carpet cleaner? (04/20/2008)
I am a pro at urine removal. Most of the things on the internet sites are wrong. The vinegar myth is one of the biggest myths. Vinegar only lowers the ph of the urine, not remove the odor. Bleach or hydrogen peroxide will bleach out most carpets to the point most have to be repaired or dyed to remove the white spots. Urine odor is mostly a complex chemical odor that has a high ph level. That does not mean a home owner can't remove it sometimes. However try this method: if it doesn't work, call a pro and have it removed.
Treat the area with vinegar and water mix 50-50 mix. Blot the area to remove most of the liquid, then apply simple solution odor eliminator,mfg by brampton, available in most pet stores, Walmart, Target, Kmart, pet departments, etc. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ON THE BOTTLE. Repeat these steps if the odor returns. (05/05/2008)
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