Asked on Aug 17, 2014

carpet smell

by Ire305444
What is the best product to use to get urine smell out of carpet? I read so many suggestions but nothing seems to work.
  21 answers
  • Julie Moyna Julie Moyna on Aug 17, 2014
    NOTHING THAT I HAVE FOUND...:( If you find out, please tag me! Although, my new house has no carpet!!! (happy dance)

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Aug 17, 2014
    I LOVE carpet, but with pets, kids and mud, it can get very expensive to keep replacing. We have little left...went to wood in some places and laminate in others starting in 2005...LOVE IT! If the problem is in padding and down to subfloor, your only solution is to rip it out, Kilz the subfloor and put in a hard surface.

  • Claire Claire on Aug 17, 2014
    I believe it's called natures away it's found at petsmart

  • Darla Darla on Aug 17, 2014
    I use "nature's Miracle", an enzyme product from PetCo. There are several good enzyme products out there, but it's almost impossible to get all the urine out after it's soaked into the carpet padding.

  • Cheryl Clark Cheryl Clark on Aug 17, 2014

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    • Shari Shari on Aug 17, 2014
      @ LOL. That's one I haven't tried. We can sip and clean all at the same time! Or are you suggesting if we drink enough vodka we won't care that "Fluffy" had an accident? ;)

  • Kathie Nemes Kathie Nemes on Aug 17, 2014
    all u need is a spray bottle , white vinegar,and 2 tablespoons baking soda and water i use half and half most people use 3 to 1 but i want it to work,be careful when mixing this as it will foam up as it is also used a drain cleaner----- it also works when washing clothes when your have a little one still pees the bed i put in washer the liquid soap as washer requires for 1/2 load size i use 2 tablespoons baking soda and 1/4 cup white vinegar it brakes down the pee enzyme in the sheets and or clothing and also makes the soap work better but leaves no soap residue in the clothing , if you look in the washer you wont see soap suds but the water will look dark cause it is breaking down all the enzymes and getting all the yuks out of the fabrics

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    • Priscilla Crigger Priscilla Crigger on Feb 21, 2016
      @Kathie Nemes be very careful using baking soda I use white vinegar water I cup of vinegar to a spray bottle . finish out with water tepid not hot spray so it will go deep and fold paper towel ( must be white) in a big thickness l place something heavy such as a cinder block , must be completely flal and cover the entire sprayed area and after about 30 mins . remove the wet towels and replace with new ones . keep doing this until the carpet is dry to the touch . great way toclean any kind of stain . I tried the steamer on stains and you suction until you don't get any of the water back but when the carpet dries it has the outline of the stain . and always use a 1/2 cup of vinegar in the cleaning water tank .learned this from a lady that spent her career in the flooring business cost ; rollor so of bounty towels an white vinegar ,generic is fine !!!

  • I agree Natures Miracle. But simply spraying all over the place will not work. You need to identify exactly where the action has taken place. To do so, you need to go back to the 60's and get yourself a black light. The ones that make those pictures glow. That same light will make any urine glow a bright green color. yuk, But that is exactly where you will need to spray to rid yourself of these odors. The stuff works. Do this in a dark room to get the best results using the light. You will be amazed where all the glowing is coming from. Once the cleaning is done, the green will go away. So will the smell.

  • Shari Shari on Aug 17, 2014
    I, too, have tried a lot of different things, including commercial products and homemade concoctions containing various things like white vinegar, baking soda, Listerine, etc., and have only had marginal success. I recently read about a product that is getting good reviews and I am anxious to try it because it seems to have potential. It's called Anti-Icky Poo. There are 3 products in their line that work in conjunction with each other for treating pet accidents and when I first started reading about it I wondered why it was necessary to buy the pre-treatment solution ("P-Bath") and not just the main solution. Then I read if you have already tried to treat the affected area(s) with other products (I have) , you need to first remove the residue other products leave behind. They say that other products will encapsulate the odor and prevent the enzymes in the main Anti-Icky-Poo formula that destroy the cause of the smell to reach the area where the odor is. Then the spot and stain remover is designed to help remove stains without affecting Anti-Icky-Poo's odor removers. Okay. So I now know I probably should have all 3 products: the pre-treatment, the main Anti-Icky-Poo formula, and the spot remover. I researched and it can be purchased from the company's website or Amazon but the best price for all three products seems to be on eBay here: I'm also checking into getting a black light to detect urine, as Woodbridge mentioned.

  • Shari Shari on Aug 17, 2014
    I also meant to mention the Anti-Icky-Poo company makes a needle and syringe that can be used to inject the formulas down into the carpet padding but, as I recall, it's about $10. I know I can buy a large gauge needle and syringe at Tractor Supply for much cheaper than $10 (or for those with no feed/farm stores nearby, your pet's vet may give or sell you one for a minimal fee).

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    • Shari Shari on Aug 18, 2014
      @Jeanette S You're absolutely right, Jeanette, I don't know what her sub-flooring is. I was merely sharing info and she will have to decide whether that info will work for her, or not...much like your suggestion of using Kilz on the sub-floor is not going to be appropriate for everyone. I had terrazzo floors underneath the carpet in my former home and I would never have used Kilz on them--it would be needless, plus it would have ruined them. I'm not even sure it would be wise to use Kilz on the concrete slab sub-floors I have in my current house. Anyway, if any of the suggestions here work for Iren, great! If they don't, maybe something suggested here will work for someone else who comes along and reads these comments....since the purpose of this site IS to share information and ideas.

  • Ire305444 Ire305444 on Aug 17, 2014

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Aug 17, 2014
    I tried everything when my cat decided to use my new carpet as a potty. What finally worked was removing the carpet pad as far as it was stained and soaking the carpet with vinegar (the enzyme products just weren't working for me). Now, mine is light colored carpet so I don't know what vinegar would do to a darker carpet. Not only did it work with some scrubbing (I scrubbed the back and top of the carpet on my hands and knees as well as the subfloor under it with hot water and vinegar), but, the cat never went back there. The carpet pad was my guide for how far to take the cleaning, as the stained part was easy to see.. It took several days to dry and I used repeated applications of dollar store puppy pads to soak up excess moisture, as well as the suction on my rug cleaner, plus I rolled back the carpet so the back would dry completely. Then I cleaned the carpet really well again and replaced the ruined pad. I think the pad was the key, too. I won't lie - it was time consuming and a lot of work. But, it saved the carpet and again - no repeats.

    • @Cynthia H your correct on the padding issue. There are different types of padding from rubber to wool. And it all soaks up liquids like a sponge. If the topical treatments do not work, it may be time to pull carpet and replace the pad. In the mold clean up business we oftentimes need to remove the carpet padding to remove molds. Every time someone has their carpet cleaned the padding gets wet. While the carpet may feel dry after a few short hours, the padding remains damp for several days. This is where a lot of mold develops. People are fooled into thinking that everything is fine once the stains and carpet appears fresh and clean. Fact is the carpet is the dirtiest area of a home.

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Aug 18, 2014
    If it's a good area rug, send it out to be professionally cleaned. They will wash it (wool or not) using product designed to get rid of odours. You may have to clean the underlay or replace it. If it's wall-to-wall, you may have to peel it back. Sometimes the urine soaks, not only into the underlay (which you may have to replace in spots), but right into the subfloor. Good luck.

  • Gail--My Repurposed Life Gail--My Repurposed Life on Aug 18, 2014
    one of my favorite products is Odo Ban. It smells nice, but really does remove odors. Another product that works great is UrineOut. It's a white power that you sprinkle on, and somehow it "eats" the urine, and turns yellow, then you vacuum it up. Even works on old stains. Odo Ban is available at Home Depot, but Urine Out is only available online (at least I've never seen it in stores)

  • Sylvia Cole Sylvia Cole on Aug 18, 2014
    Odo Ban is the best for so many uses. Comes in lots of scents. And you can buy a concentrated gallon of it at Home Depot for around 10 bucks. Lasts me a long time.

  • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Aug 18, 2014
    It really depends how long the problem has been going on and if you treat it as soon as it happens. We had a dog that wander into the dining room when we were at work, went on for quite some time. When we saw a wet spot we treated it right away but eventually the spots we didn't discover caught up to us and the only solution was to replace the carpet and under padding. But before the new carpet was installed we did treat the sub-flooring. That seemed to work for us, now we have gates into the living room and dining room as well as mechanisms to block all other entrances to carpeted areas.

  • Pamela H Pamela H on Aug 28, 2014

  • Polly Zieper Polly Zieper on Oct 12, 2014
    The best thingsI've found were1. sprinkling baking soda-powder????(arm&Hammer..).into the rug/carpet, then going over the areas with a slightly damp mop to get the arm&Hammers to trickle down deep into the fibers, then vacuum.2. Veterinarians also sell commercial liquid and powder products that deodorize rugs/carpets, but I always try to use stuff I have in the house first( plus, dollar tree baking soda is cheaper than the professional stuff! Oh, yes, if there is a pad under the rug, you need to separate the two layers and clean first, before putting both down on the floor again.

  • Chris Ashby Chris Ashby on Oct 14, 2014
    tea tree oil

  • Tish Tish on Jun 09, 2015
    Crushed moth balls ground into smelly areas, then vacuum up. Great for cat urine smell

  • Susan Susan on Jun 09, 2015
    A bissell steam cleaner sucks up the water you put down. Costs about 70.00 dollars. For dirt you go over the spot until you see clean water come back up. I tried fabric softner on my linoleum floors to see if it would give them a shine, it did. Sence then I have put fabric softner in the steam cleaner after regular detergent(not bissell stuff). So that the softner would pull up what ever remained, like detergent and any remaking dirt. I think you would get the results you want. Bissell has different cleaners(detergents) like for pet smells. The rug is clean and is so soft.

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    • Susan Susan on Jun 12, 2015
      I'm sorry I wanted justice instead of giving you mercy.

  • Shari Shari on Jun 09, 2015
    Even though this is a very old thread, I thought since it is active again, I would give a follow up report on the Anti Icky Poo products I mentioned in my earlier comments. I did treat the cat urine stains with the Pre-Treatment step and then the Anti-Icky Poo. In addition to liberally treating the top surface of the carpet, I used a large needle and syringe from Tractor Supply to inject the liquid down into the carpet pad. I had to treat multiple times over the period of about a month but it did take care of about 98% of the odor. I can only smell it ever-so-slightly if I put my nose right down to the carpet and sniff hard. I have no doubt if I pulled the carpet and padding back and treated the padding and concrete sub-floor more thoroughly, I could probably get rid of the remaining smell but since the cat has not tried to return to those spots and I can't smell it when I walk in the room, I'm calling the treatment "good enough" and a success. Oh, one other thing...I was not impressed with the Anti Icky Poo spot remover so I would not recommend that. I think the Woolite Oxy Pet spot remover I've been using for years does a far better job of removing surface stains.