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   Posted 6/15/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
During the last month of my dog Vesta's life she couldn't get to the door fast enough and and my family room rug is 'ripe' with doggie poo and urine smell.  I have bought every enzyme 'guarenteed eliminate the smell and stain'.  I saturated the rug with it, probably five times.  I still smell it, although the hubby doesn't and it's just my over sensitivity to smell. But this is a man who can't smell a fried egg buring to a fart on the stove.  My grand children are coming in two weeks and one of them is crawling.  I am having the carpet steamed cleaned next week but when I talked to the carpet cleaner he said it would disinfect the rug but it doesn't eliminate the odor.  We are replacing the rug in the fall even though it is only four years old...those of you with pets...have any ideas that are 'natural' that might absorb the odor?  Or a product that won't hurt a crawling baby?  I also have tried all the products with baking soda in it.  Help!  On a hot day it smells like the ditches of Bombay in here!
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   Posted 6/15/2009 8:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't know Donna if it soaked clear through there may not be anything you can do but replace it. My sister had a 17 yr old cat that had lost control quite awhile before his life ended and he had one place in her dining room he went and she had to replace the carpet and pad. Getting it professionally cleaned might help a lot and get you through til fall.
I had a big area rug between the dining room and kitchen that had been used as a pee pad so I cleaned it with my carpet cleaner the other day and then had Ken carry it outside and I rinsed it with the hose and let it dry. It doesn't look like it ruined it but it's not going back down til my house is pee and poo free, if that ever happens.
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   Posted 6/15/2009 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   

Get "Nature's Miracle".  You can get it at PetSmart.  My 18 years old cat used my dining room as his litter pan the last two years of his life.  The carpet was stained and the smell.....That's the first thing one would smell as they entered my home.  I got the Nature's Miracle and also a stain remover by Lindhaus (I got mine at a vacuum cleaner/janitor supply business but you can get it online, too.)  Anyway, these cleaned up my carpeting really good.  I did use a steam cleaner on it, too.  It took several applications over several months but my carpeting looks great and there is no odor.  *They do have a Nature's Miracle for cats, too and this also works...even when a cat sprays!


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   Posted 6/15/2009 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Donna, I don't know of any product that works completely.  I used the Petzyme from Petsmart when my last golden was old and had her accidents but that only happened a few times.   My husband and I owned apartments for years and we had to replace the pad and carpet if we couldn't get rid of the smell in some of the worse cases.  I think a few times if we had the carpet cleaned and it was newer we just replaced the pad.  The urine soaks into the pad.  However, my husband and sons knew how to take a wall to wall up and relay it.
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   Posted 6/15/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Natures Mircale works Great! I have a cat, she stays inside but the ones that wonder around the neighborhood know she is there and they will spray my front and back door. When we open the door to let in air, I can smell it a mile away. I use Natures Miracle and I don't notice the smell anymore, plus Natures M. doesn't have a strong odor itself.

Give it a try, but I think getting your carpets cleaned b/4 the little ones is a good idea.

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   Posted 6/15/2009 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   


I have used dry tide laundry soap before and that helped a lot.  

Also, I did this before fibro and could not do it today, but maybe you can get help.  It would get rid of the smell until you can put in new carpet, but is a lot of work.  And it depends on what floor you have under your carpet.  We have concrete floors.  In my home office I just pulled the whole thing out: carpet, pad and all and threw it away.  I cleaned the floor with bleach heavily diluted with water.  Then got some inexpensive concrete paint and painted the floor.  I used the kind that you put in one of those pump sprayers that sprays insecticides and stuff.  You spray one color on then when that is dry, use a spray bottle to put on splotches of another color.  Then seal it really good if you want it to last.  If it is only temporary, you might not have to seal it.  Then put an area rug down.

Best of luck!


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   Posted 6/15/2009 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I actually haven't been impressed with Nature's Miracle for cat indescretions. You might try a water and vinegar solution, or Oxy Clean. I found an Oxy/baking soda cleaner at PetSmart called Fresh 'n Clean. White bottle purple label in the cat section. It does pretty well at eliminating the odor, but it makes A LOT of suds. It choked my steam vac several times before I got it all up. There's also a good enzymatic odor eliminator from Simple Solution with live bio-cultures that works quite well. Also from PetSmart's cat isle, a clear plastic bottle with an old fashioned looking brown label. It is a squeeze bottle rather than a spray, so it can get down into the carpet pad better.

I hope you find something that works for you. My husband can't smell the stuff either. Sometimes I wonder if I'm imagining the odor because I'm so paranoid about my house smelling like cat pee. Thanks for reminding me that we fibromites are more sensitive to such stimuli!


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   Posted 6/15/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I grew up with 10 cats and 4 dogs, I have 2 cats and a dog now, and live in the same house I grew up in. My mother's a nurse and taught me how to make a stain and smell remover. It uses dish soap, peroxide and water, and takes out oily stains as well as organic.
When your dish soap bottle has an inch of soap left, pour in one inch of peroxide and fill the rest of the way with water. It works best with the $1 bottle of Dawn from Dollar General, but I've used other dish soaps in the same size bottle and they work well too. It can be put in a spray bottle as well, but sometimes the peroxide can kill the interior metal workings.
As soon as I find a spot, I soak up the urine with a towel, then spray with the mixture, let sit for 10 minutes and then soak it up with a towel. I've also used 1/2 cup of it in my shampooer. It was originally intended as a laundry stain remover which it is awesome at, even removing old blood stains that have been washed and dried.

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   Posted 6/15/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmm..not sure about "natural" remedies for this. When we first got our Jack Russell, we had a terrible time finding the right food that wouldn't give him the runs, so we had a LOT of accidents. I would just shampoo the area, then spray it all over with Lyesol disinfectant to kill any bacteria, then spray a bunch of Fabreeze. (Like TONS of Fabreeze lol) Seemed to work pretty good..I don't think my house smells too much like dog accidents now. Don't know if any of that would be safe for a little baby to crawl around on, though.
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   Posted 6/15/2009 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   

I have used Nature's Miracle for years and for me it really worked, even on carpeting with padding. The only thing is, you need to let it sit for about two weeks and then reapply it. They have this black light you can get from the pet store, not buy it, just use it and it will show you where you have missed spots. I have had cats and dogs for over 25 years and plenty of them have had their share of accidents. I had a Bichon with an attitude that would pee in the house "just because" and he'd do it in our bedroom which was carpeted. Since he's been gone, I had the carpeting replaced and wondered about the floor beneath which is wood and there was absolutely no smell in it. My nose is super sensitive, I know I'd smell it if there was a smell there. I was buying it by the gallons, but you have to use it several times, especially if you have padding underneath the carpeting. As far as the kids, I don't know if it is safe or not. I would think the safest thing to do with small children would be to replace the carpeting or try to keep them out of those rooms, which I know would be really tough.

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   Posted 6/16/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I always used Natures Miracle too. As Miriam said it does need to dry out - and the odor can actually be worse after you soak it. I used to work in property management years ago and sometimes we couldn't smell the pet odor until after the carpets were cleaned. I think when the pad got wet during cleaning it kicked up the odor. We would ask the carpet cleaners to "pet treat" the carpet - I don't know what they used, but it saved a lot of carpet. It might be worth asking the carpet cleaner about.

Enjoy your visit with your grandchildren!
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   Posted 6/16/2009 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Pet odors like that never really go away. We may get to the point where we humans can't smell it, but other animals can. I would suggest going ahead with the steam cleaning, but, if there is still some staining, try some OxyClean. That stuff is AMAZING! It's not just for clothes. It is for carpet, upholstery, everything like that. It works wonders. Make sure that you go with the steam cleaning. The main thing you want to do is make sure that it is sanitized. The odor may remain, but as long as the actual harmful stuff is gone, then there really won't be a problem for the little one who crawls. The only thing to do to get rid of the entire odor, though, is to get a new rug. Sorry to say, but it's true.
We had a cat once, and he would get mad and pee or poop on the carpet right in front of his litter box. When we got more cats in the house, they would smell that, even though the carpet had been thoroughly cleaned and we couldn't smell anything, and they would pee or poop in the same spot. It was crazy. We got them out of that habit, but, every once in a while, one of them would pee in that spot. So, you don't ever really get rid of the odor. Sorry. I hope this helps at least a little bit.
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   Posted 6/16/2009 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried white vinegar? It's pretty good for removing odors, plus it's safe to be around.

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   Posted 6/17/2009 1:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I am a certified Cat Pee in Carpet expert. Allow me to present my credentials! :) When I was taking care of my Mom, who was senile, she used to open the front door and invite (or carry) every cat in the neighborhood into the house because she would mistake them for our own two cats. It would be like a free for all. I'd come home and strange tom cats would be asleep on my bed after eating a ton of food! So, these stranger cats would "mark"/spray on my cats' stuff. I got so stressed about it... until I found organic apple cider vinegar. It has to be organic and it has to be apple cider vinegar- there is an amino acid from the apples in the vinegar and it is THAT amino acid that neutralizes the cat pee. If I'm not too late posting, rent one of those steamers that looks like a vacuum and steam your carpet with organic apple cider vinegar and hot water (1 to 1 ratio). After the vinegar the smell may not be completely gone- that will be taken care of by the professional clean after the vinegar. Good luck! I'm so proud to share my cat pee expertise....!

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   Posted 6/17/2009 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   

thanks, guys for all your help.  I have heard about the vinegar-thing and will try that today.  I live so far away from any Pet Smart or big pet store chain that I have had to use whatever enzyme Walmart carries.  I am going to see if I can call a few stores in Syracuse and see if they have the Natures Miracle and the other things mentioned.  I bought some Oxi clean pet and stain remover yesterday.  The hubby doesn't teach enough classes over the summer to consider a new rug right now, but that is in our plan for the fall.  We only have the one rug in the house...the rest is hardwood and Kid's and Pet's enzyme removed all the odor and stain off the wood.

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