MARY T
MARY T
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Asked on May 11, 2013

Flooring

TafCarol FredetteCheryl Arledge
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When we moved into our '78 one floor home, we had the carpeting cleaned well. This had been a rental house and there were many pets in here. Now, the odor is unbearable. The flooring is not hardwood.
We know this will be quite a project throughout the entire house.
My question is can the flooring be treated to totally eliminate the urine odor?
Thank you!
20 answers
  • Use a blacklight to pinpoint the location of the urine. It will glow a bright green wherever the accidents happened. Then use a product called Natures Miracle. This enzyme killing chemical will remove the odor for good. Simply spray or wet the area that glows until it goes away. No glow, no smell.

  • Jeanette S
    on May 11, 2013

    I had a problem once with this. Find the spots as Woodbridge advised. Then use Odo-Ban several times to see if it takes out the odor. You can sometimes find it at WalMart or Sams Club. If not, go on line and order some. You need to keep a gallon of this around any house!

  • MARY T
    on May 11, 2013

    Thank you Wood bridge and Jeanette!!

  • KMS Woodworks
    on May 11, 2013

    How old is this carpet? some of my clients rental get about 8 to 10 years before they replace it. rentals are hard on a home. The bulk of my home is tile and hardwood with only two or the lower bedrooms carpeted. I the hardwood and tile rooms we have large area rugs that can be removed and cleaned more efficiently. http://kmswoodworks.wordpress.com/2011/08/01/why-the-weekends-seem-too-short/

  • MARY T
    on May 11, 2013

    KMS: Same carpet from when the house was built. It is in all the rooms. :-/

  • Mary Insana
    on May 11, 2013

    I don't know if you have pets yourself but if you do this is a hint I was told to do when we got new carpet since we do have cats. After you find where the urine spots were and you treat them with Odor-Ban paint the areas with primer to "seal" the floor. I did this and have never had a problem with the cats peeing in those spots again.

  • MARY T
    on May 11, 2013

    Thanks so much, Mary. I have four dogs: 2 boys who will mark now and then even though they have Ben trained for year and two girls that never go inside.

  • Bonnie Spires
    on May 13, 2013

    i have heard white vinegar takes smells out of carpet, just put in spray bottle and spray.

  • Laurie Lee
    on May 13, 2013

    Oh dear, Mary! Then your house smells like "place to pee Heaven" heaven to them!! Cleaning the carpet didn't get the old soaked in urine out of the carpet underlayment OR the stain on the (probably) plywood floor! I have hardwood floors and use area rugs because I have 3 dogs. Though no one has had an accident involving urine lately, I rely on Nature's Miracle Stain and Odor Remover, like Woodbridge recommended. You have to saturate the spot, so it gets to all those layers, then blot it dry, or use a machine spot cleaner. Otherwise, get rid of the carpet and deal with all the stains on the wood!

  • KMS Woodworks
    on May 13, 2013

    If this carpet is original to 1978 when the home was built..I would start saving for a complete replacement. 30 + years of "who knows what" in the the carpet and the padding below. You could be spot cleaning for another 30 years...rip it out and start fresh. With the carpet and padding removed repeat the black light test to evaluate the sub floor below the padding. Chances are high it is also "contaminated" before new carpet is install a good coat or two of primer can being used to seal these old historical odors

  • Shelley Hier
    on May 13, 2013

    I would also replace the carpets as soon as possible. Vacuuming does not get everything out of carpeting. We pulled a carpet up from the livingroom of the trailer we bought several years ago and there was a layer of silt under it. I have laminated wood floors to cut down on allergens and clean with Murphy's-love the smell and it makes the floors look great. I too have two dogs who sometimes make mistakes. I use a natural cleaner to spot clean.

  • Ellen Knox
    on May 14, 2013

    Some dog odors just will not come out. I had to replace a whole houseful of one year old carpet when tenants with an English Bulldog moved out. I had it professionally cleaned and deodorized twice. It looked brand new, but I could not get rid of the doggy odor and it was not urine, just doggy odor. Good luck. I hope something works for you.

  • Sia@South 47th
    on May 16, 2013

    I'd HIGHLY recommend what KMS Woodworks said. HIGHLY Recommend it~!

  • MARY T
    on May 16, 2013

    Thank you all. There is no doubt all the carpeting needs replacing, but we don't have hardwood flooring underneath and how to treat that before we put anything else down was really the question. I don't want that odor around anymore. Lots of work ahead! :-)

  • KMS Woodworks
    on May 17, 2013

    @MARY T When the carpet and pad are pulled up most likely you will have fine thin layer of silt and sand like residue. I would be surprised if you did not have this. This can easily be vacuumed up leaving the wood sub floor. You can check this flooring with the black light to find trouble areas or just paint the whole she bang with some good primer....a KILZ type or Zinsser BIN primer sealer. I'm a big fan of the Problock prep-rite primer from SW. painting the floor goes fast with a roller. allow to dry properly then have the new pad and carpet installed.

  • Jeanette S
    on May 18, 2013

    If you take up and replace carpet, MAKE SURE YOU SEAL the wood floor underneath to seal out the odor. You may even have to take up the sub floor if it is press board and/or so saturated! Good luck! If you are going to be there a while, you may want to remedy this mess. If not, look for a better place to rent. But do not let anyone come in there and put down new carpet without fixing the floor underneath!

  • Cheryl Arledge
    on May 19, 2013

    Mix equal parts of Borax and baking soda. Place in a grated cheese can and sprinkle on the carpet at night.... vacuum in the morning.

  • Cheryl Arledge
    on May 19, 2013

    If there happen to be dormant flea eggs in the carpet, this will kill them but be safe for children

  • Carol Fredette
    on Oct 23, 2015

    There's a product called Odormute that u mix with water and spray on. Works wonders for animal odors.

  • Taf
    on Oct 26, 2015

    I had a friend who had a similar issues. The carpet was in fairly good shape (besides the odor) so they replaced the carpet padding and cleaned the carpets. No more cat urine smell. Much more cost effective than replacing the carpeting. Good luck with your flooring.

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