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Carpet clean up? Please help?


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Our older lab, in her last few months with us, had a hard time holding her water. Needless to say, she had a number of accidents on our basement carpeting.

I promptly soaked up the water with a towel, poured a bit of baking soda water on each spot, and soaked it up again thoroughly. I've shampooed the carpets a couple times, and still can't seem to get the dog urine smell completely out of the carpeting.

Our basement carpeting is in one HUGE piece, and I'm starting to think it's ruined, and will ALL have to come out so we don't have to endure our basement smelling like a kennel.

Please help. Is there anything else I can do to permanently remove the smell from the carpet? It's a deep, thick pile carpet, with what I think is basically a plastic or rubber backing...not the jute (fiber) backing.

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You could try something like Natures Miracle. You can get it at pretty much any big box pet store. Its designed specifically for cleaning up pet urine.

I used it when my dog was a pup and was still working on house training and it seemed to work quite well. I recall its not very expensive either so its worth a try. My only concern is if the stain/smell is too old and too well soaked in. When i used it we would put it on right away and its supposed to nutralize the odor.

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You should still be O.K. to use it effectively, it is an enzyme and breaks down the urine and the proteins in the urine. Works pretty darn good. Follow up with a good steam clean. Should be like new.

Good Luck!


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I've used Nature's Miracle and it works well. But for the most stubborn pet stains, try saturating and I mean saturating the carpet and pad with a blend of half vinegar/half water. Mop it up with an old towel or rag and then let it dry completely. Then wash with clean water and let dry. Then run your carpet cleaner over it. The vinegar neutralizes the ammonia and smell within the pee. In fact, if there ever is a rare accident, that's what I use exclusively now.

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Thanks all. Used Nature's Miracle and it works just fine, but a little on the spendy side.

Had a vet recommend the white vinegar tip above, and that works just as good as the special products, and is way more cost affective!

Still gotta do a carpet shampoo as a follow-up, but with four kids, a dog, and surrounded by gravel roads, dirt gardens, and a huge grass yard, shampooing the carpets is a requirement at least twice per year anyway! smile

Thanks again everyone!

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