Pet Urine Smell After Using a Carpet Cleaning Machine?

February 22, 2007

Close up of carpet shampooer removing suds from carpetI've cleaned my carpets beautifully with a machine and now I've got strong pet urine smell all over my living room. Help.

Kimberly from San Diego, CA



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February 22, 20070 found this helpful
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If this a rental it means that there was at sometime an animal using the carpet as their toilet, when cleaning the enzymes are activated again. The only thing that really works is an enzyme cleaner that kills all the ickies, deep down, sometimes the urine goes to the subfloor and then that is really a problem. When we moved into our condo the owner had the floors cleaned and I could smell where a dog had used the carpets for months! I am so freaked out about having them cleaned again! But someone at my church runs a carpet cleaning business and has promised me that he won't let the smell come back. Maybe you want to contact a good reputable carpet cleaning place and ask them what to do, you might be able to find some good industrial strength stuff at Lowes or Home Depot (even the pet stores).


Good luck!

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By Jean (Guest Post)
February 23, 20071 found this helpful
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This may not be a preferred method but it is tried and proven to be true. Spray the area with a mixture of white vinegar and water and let dry then follow up with sprinkling baking soda over the area. Let that set for awhile then vacuum up. The smell will be gone for good. I tried it myself and it really works.

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By Molissa (Guest Post)
February 23, 20070 found this helpful
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The best thing to get urine smell out is Oxiclean. My cat peed on me in the car when he had a urinary infection and I could not get the smell out to save my life. The Oxiclean worked, I never smelled it again. That stuff is awesome!

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November 22, 20130 found this helpful
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Hi there I am new to this site but I already loving all the helpful tips I am seeing on here.

So I have battlted with this same problem a countless number of times. I just recently learned that most importantly the newer carpet cleaners have a built in heat function and/or if it doesn't. If you are like me I always used the hottest water possible. The heat from the carpet cleaner actually embeds the urine smell and stain into the carpet, thus making it worse.


Also never use vinegar or anything with ammonia. This will only make it worse. Only a select number of carpets out there do require these ingredients to work. Anyway, that is my two cents, once I began treating the spot with peroxide & water and using a special shampoo found at Petco, turning off the heat function on my cleaner it was like brand new in about 6 months!

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February 22, 20070 found this helpful

It's probably the ammonia in the cleaner. Maybe you should rinse the carpet again.

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May 13, 20160 found this helpful

This actually really does work! I tried this and let the baking soda sit for one day then vacuum!

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May 13, 20160 found this helpful

What kind of smell is it? Maybe vinegar and a little bleach might help.

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September 25, 20160 found this helpful

I don't understand why everyone is suggesting you BLEACH your carpet. You all do understand that unless the carpet is white, you are BLEACHING a big hello/white patch into your carpet???

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March 24, 20180 found this helpful

Can you tell me what the cleaner is from petco

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September 19, 20180 found this helpful

What carpet shampoo did you find at PetCo to use on your carpet. We need to find something to ride the cat urine smell. It's starting to permeate the entire house.

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December 30, 20180 found this helpful

what was the shampoo at Petco?

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