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I'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
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).
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.
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!
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!