Toilet Overflowed on Carpet?


My daughter had a friend over who went to the restroom in both bathrooms and overflowed them both. Then he went back and peed again in one and overflowed it again.

I've tried everything including soaking it up with a wet vac then cleaning it with a steam cleaner. Nothing works; the stench is now a flowery nasty stench even after trying so many things. How do I get it out of my carpet?

By Sasi T from Crandall, TX

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September 4, 20100 found this helpful

First things first, I hope your daughter never has that so-called "friend" over again!
Now. The best advice I could give is to get the carpet cleaner that's made to get up pet odors. That should get it up. It may take 2-3 times of cleaning it this way but eventually it should take it up. I'd get the kind that your steam cleaner.
But it's going to take the special enzymes that the pet odor prodocts contain to get the stench up.
Once it's up and the carpet is completeely dry all the way to the floor underneath, then you could get a fresh scented something to put down. I use a outdoorsy smelling fabric softener. I mix a little in with the water in my steam cleaner and it leaves the room smelling fresh and clean.

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September 4, 20100 found this helpful

You might even have to have it professionally cleaned by somebody that specifys that they remove pet odors. Also if the moisture soaked through to the sub floor, the whole foor might have to be replaced or at least the part that was in the particular area.

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September 8, 20100 found this helpful

He might be your daughter's friend but he isn't yours. Don't let him come over or if you do tell him he has to "go" elsewhere. That might sound crude but so is cleaning up after him.

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September 8, 20100 found this helpful

First of all. Maybe the friend is like my friends child and has large bathroom habits (to put it nice). They need to have a knife by the toilet at all times to chop up the habits. Not the child's fault. Embarrassing yes. Should he have told you rather then go in both bathroom, yes. I am sorry about your carpet. Just wanted people to know that comment that sometimes people overflow toilets and don't do it on purpose and not to defriend them.

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September 11, 20100 found this helpful

Carpet in the bathroom is an "accident waiting to happen". With all the cleaners, bleach, and other things going on it's not a good idea to have carpet for your flooring. Perhaps it's time to make a change your bathroom?

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February 2, 20150 found this helpful

I have children with chronic constipation issues. The toilets overflowed monthly and the kids usually didn't tell us. The walls, floors, baseboards, even carpet outside of the bathrooms were soaked on a regular basis.

Some things that worked for us:
**Always wear gloves - the smell does not come off your hands for days!
** Use washable towels to clean up as much of the water as possible. Wet/ dry vacs can help too.

**Purchase and keep a "snake" on hand (which goes down the pipe and breaks things up).
**Replace caulking around the toilet (and surrounding plumbing fixtures) on a regular basis.

We tried everything to clean the carpets. To get the stains out we usually did this:
1. Soak up the urine stain using paper towels or a cotton cloth. Press firmly into the stain using an old shoe or something disposable. This will help absorb as much urine as possible from the carpet.

2. Using white vinegar and water, mix a solution in a bowl (50% vinegar, 50% water). Youll want to mix enough of the solution so that it can reach deep down into the carpets fibers.
Pour the solution onto the urine stain. Using a scrubbing brush, work all of it deeply into the carpet, scrubbing vigorously. The vinegar should help to neutralize the ammonia in the urine.

3. Blot the urine stain using a paper towel, pressing firmly into it.
When that section of the carpet is dry, take one to two handfuls of baking soda (depending on the size of the urine stain) and sprinkle it onto the stain.

4. Mix one-half cup of three percent hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent and apply to the stain. You can use the scrubbing brush again to thoroughly clean the carpet.
5. Once dry, vacuum the area. "

Nothing got the smell of poo out, until we discovered Arm&Hammer Cat Litter Deodorizer

We applied it to the effected areas used a brush to work it in, and then left it overnight. Then we vacuumed up the powder and the carpet smelled a LOT better. We'll still rip out the carpet eventually, but until it stops happening there's not much point in doing it now.

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September 3, 2010

What can I do to clean up the bacteria from overflowed toilet and sewer water on carpet?

Joyce from Pasadena TX


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Rent a heavy-duty steam cleaner. The steam is a natural killer of bacteria. I even have a hand-held steamer that I love. It not only removes stains, dirt, and grease, but kills bacteria. (09/01/2006)

By Linda Valentine - Spokane WA

Toilet Overflowed on Carpet

I would use one of those enzyme cleaners that break up organic matter, like Nature's Miracle or Bac Out. Maybe use that with a steam cleaner. (09/01/2006)

By Katrina

Toilet Overflowed on Carpet

Rug Doctor will extract alone, if needed, after scrubbing with brush and old towels by hand, using a weaker liquid antibacterial hand soap/hot water solution, nearest to the carpet's color, (wearing long rubber gloves). Then go over it several times using hottest tap water which is close to steam. Caution: Some backing on carpet may shrink or separate from it's own backing or shrink when wet/hot, so do whatever you do with the Rug Doctor do lightly and quickly. It works better than you think. Before walking on it, allow it to fully dry (and brush it up before drying). Good luck and God bless you. (09/03/2006)


By Lynda

Toilet Overflowed on Carpet

Plain peroxide will do wonders. Pour it on the stain and use a wet vac to clean it up after it has had a few minutes to really soak in. Use a fan to dry after you have sucked up as much liquid as possible. Good luck. (09/05/2006)

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