Saturday, September 22, 2012

How To Get Rid of Urine Odor from Carpet

So lately I've had some pee pee trouble. For a multitude of reasons my potty trained 5 year old daughter started to pee in her room. Her reasons ranged from being lazy, upset, and she left a shirt full of food on the bathroom floor that ended up covered in ants so she didn't want to go in there. Mind, we have two bathrooms in the house. Mostly, I think it's because she's upset at me and jealous of her two younger siblings. To top off my pee pee troubles my cat started to pee in her room too. And anyone one who owns a cat knows that cat urine is extremely difficult to get rid of and most commercial products don't nearly work as claimed.
So here is how to get rid of urine and the odor from carpet:
Since once the pee enters the carpet it actually spreads deep into the padding under neither the carpet so hand held sprays won't work. Both techniques will work for spot treatments, but if you can't pin point the smell then do the entire carpet. I personally use and recommend using both starting with the vinegar first then the baking soda the next day.
Vinegar Mix Cleaner:
  • In a large bucket mix a 1 to 1 ratio of vinegar and water (boiling hot water is recommend for very stinky carpet.)

  • Liberally soak the carpet and let sit for about 10 minutes.

  • *Optional* Add any carpet cleaner of you choice (I like to use one with a strong floral smell) using a carpet shampooer. This helps mask the vinegar smell.

  • Pick up as much of the mixture as you can with either a carpet shampooer or a wet/dry shop vac.

  • Let the room air out. Once the carpet is dry the vinegar smell will go away.
Baking Soda/ Hydrogen Peroxide Mix
  • Spread baking soda over the entire carpet generously. Break up any clumps by hand and sprinkle over the floor.
  • Work into fibers with a cleaning brush
  • Let it sit over night.
  • Mix 1 teaspoon dish soap (non-bleach) for every 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide
  • Spray or pour over baking soda (you don't need to soak the carpet like with the vinegar mix)
  • Work it into the carpet using a cleaning brush or toothbrush.
  • Let it completely dry
  • Vacuum it up with the upholstery attachment.
  • *Optional* After I like to spray a light layer of Fabreez for a nice floral sent.

*Warning!* I have no idea why but if you have a roach problem (even a mild one) they might be attracted to the baking soda & hydrogen peroxide mix. So spray the out side of the house completely with a roach repellent so they don't get in. I don't know if it was a one time thing but this did happen once to me when I left a window open over night (I actually saw them crawling through the window to get in!) However, this never before or after. Maybe the neighbors were fumigating? I don't know but I though I should warn you anyway.
Using this really helped. My daughter's room smelled really bad since she would pee at different spots and not say anything. The cat didn't help either.
I recommend buying the vinegar, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide in bulk at either Sam's Club, Costco, or Smart & Final (this one doesn't require membership).

No comments:

Post a Comment