08-06-2009 09:35 PM
08-06-2009 09:51 PM
08-06-2009 10:41 PM
Take a florescent light bulb and shine it on the carpet. I picked one up at Wal Mart. I am certain that it is going to horrify you.
After I looked at my carpet under the lamp, I paid $700 to have one of those carpet cleaner companies really soak my carpet with the urine removal solution. I didn't smell it anymore after they did that, but the florescent light still showed the stain. So I didn’t know if I got ripped off or if it worked. But the thing is, when you stop smelling it, you wonder if it is because the smell is gone or because you got used to the odor. The safest thing to do is get new padding.
My true opinion of carpet is that is can hide a plethora of unsightly sins. My rule is, I never live in a house without a dishwasher, I never buy a used sofa and I never live on someone else’s carpet. My vote is to remove and replace!
08-07-2009 12:37 AM
Blacklight works to highlight pet urine and other organic matter. And it will light up those velvet posters from the 70's with the tiger or whatever on them.
Nature's Miracle works great. Get the GALLON size from Target or Walmart or a PetCo/Smart/etc. Find the source of the odor and soak it. Put a fan nearby to help with drying.
Is it one room? Is it upstairs or down?
cat's often pee in corners, so check each corner and carefully pull up the carpet to see what it looks like on the back side. If the pee is in the corner, consider replacing a section of pad and treating the carpet with Nature's Miracle.
If upstairs, it may have soaked into the plywood subfloor - but Nature's Miracle (or similar enzyme solution) should work.
08-07-2009 12:38 AM
I had two cats (down to one) and I had to completely recarpet my condo when I sold it. I took the carpet out a few days before the crew came to install so I could treat the subfloors that smelled the worst. After that, you couldn't tell there had ever been a cat in the place.
08-07-2009 01:07 AM
Other posters are correct that once the odor gets into the padding, you have to replace. It doesn't matter how much you clean the carpet above.
Sometimes the smell also gets into furniture, drapes and even walls. For walls, prime + paint should seal it in.
08-07-2009 08:00 AM
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08-07-2009 10:51 AM
we had that issue, cleaned the carpet and eventually changed the carpet..turned out it was in the drywall from cats peeing in the corner(this is speculation on my part)..so we ended up cutting out and replacing pieces of drywall behind the baseboards..a pain in the butt..