I bought a used rug recently that smells. The seller eventually told us
that there had been a dog around that may have done his business on it. The
rug is clean and I have since tried those sprays that are meant to
neutralize old urine smells. The smell still won't go away. It *MAY* have
diminished slightly but I'm not sure. Should I continue with doses of these
sprays or is it a lost cause?
If it's truly an old urine smell the dog must have pissed all over it every
day for months.
Leave it out in the rain and wind for a couple of months. Viz.
Inherited an antique cabinet one time that had been 'stored' behind a horse
in a barn for years. Needless to say it smelt.
Rain treatment and refinishing took care of it and today it resides a dish
cabinet in the dining room.
An even better idea. Not the same problem but I had a thermal blanket
that a roommate let stay wet for weeks and it was very mildewed. I
washed it in a automatic washer, and it smelled just as bad as ever.
Then I dried it in rather hot dryer and it smelled great. Never
smelled bad again.
So, rain and wind, and if necessary follow with a healthy doze of hot
OK Doug, I'll take the bait! Hook, line, float and sinker.
You seem to be fishing around for something to carp about?
I had first written 'smelled' then changed it to 'smelt'.
Possibly that is not the correct past tense of smell.
Perhaps I should have written 'smolt'?
Anyway while not about to fly off the reel this line of discussion is
something of troll, in my opinion, to perhaps float a discussion and lure
someone who flounders with his spelling .
Gee whiz better stop now; running out of allusions which have any scale of
comparison to reality.
Weight a minute; "Me old trout", as old some old time fishermen here might
say. Don't get trapped in a net; land the darn fish!
That sounds good. I had a friend who worked for a traveling carpet
cleaner, and when a visiting dog peed on my carpet, he gave me a
bottle (I think it cost 10 dollars 20 years ago, but this kind of
company had a tremndous markup.) of stuff meant just for dog pee, or
I think it worked, but there hadn't been much pee.
If there is a product that works, I don't know why they wouldn't also
sell it in regualr stores, but others may understand this issue better
Still, if it smells bad all over the rug, and you've already tried
some things, maybe you shouldn't get your hopes up. My carpet was
nailed down. Tthis you can just throw away.
There are enzyme cleaners formulated to remove organic odors. Check
in the pet supplies at your local department store. Some carpets may
shrink during the cleaning process (not sure if yours is wool or
nylon.) A deep pile carpet will be much more difficult than a
burber. If you'd like to try a home solution, sprinkle a box of
baking soda evenly over the carpet, tamp it in with a broom stick,
allow this to set for several days, then vacuum. Depending of the
type/cost of the carpet you may want to hire a professional service.
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