Dog had his first accident yesterday while nobody was home. He's
pretty well house-trained, but it looks like he got sick this time-
there was puke, diarrhea and urine all over in a bedroom. It's not
really his fault, so there's no getting mad at him, and fortunately we
have (recently installed :-/ ) Stainmaster-guarded carpet.
All the solids came up ok, and most of the liquids were still beaded up
on the surface and easy to soak up with a paper towel. I didn't have
anything else to use, and knowing time is of the essence, i used
alternating moist "swiffer" pads and paper towels. It all cleaned up
pretty good- there is no visual indication anything happened. The room
aired out pretty good and the smell of rank dog feces doesn't knock you
over when you first walk into it.
However, if you get down close to the floor you can still smell it in a
few spots. I'm pretty sure that the trace amounts of anything that
would remain is going to be in the upper 1/4" of the carpet fibers (the
carpet itself is some pretty thick stuff- probably 1.5").
Suggestions? Is it possible to completely remove all the trace amounts
and have the carpet "good as new" again?
At first I thought of steam cleaning, but won't that just blast it all
down deeper, possibly into the pad?
Thanks for any and all.
(I assume this isn't too off topic for 'home repair') ;)
Woolite makes a pump spray spot carpet cleaner for pet stains. They also
sell an aerosol which consists of 2 cans attached to each other. I use the
pump spray, let it sit for a few minutes, and the blot it up. After it
dries I repeat with the aerosol. It is usually cleaner than the rest of the
carpet when I am done.
I have cat/dog here. Dogdie doos are easier to clean. Cat's is much
worse. Steam cleaning works fine after picking them up as much as you
can. Don't squeeze just
gently pick them up as much as you can then steam clean with enzyme
I've had good results with Resolve Dual Power (?) carpet cleaner (the
two part that mixes) and Spot Shot aerosol. 3 big bottles or cans at
Costco are about $9 - varies on which brand they carry at any given
:>> Dog had his first accident yesterday while nobody was home.
admittedly, i'm not the accident cleaning expert in our home, that's a
Patty question... but when she's gone, i first wait. Let the droolies
soak and with help of cardboard & walmart baggy, i skoop. Avoiding my
own regurgs, i wait awhile. Then bravely take the carpet-cleaner do the
area several times... paper towels to speed drying... then close down
and forget about it. Two Irish setters & a calico can keep you busy,
you are right... it is *not* their fault... no rubbing of noses or
that kinda stuff... let them out... if any one of them goes when i
see them, don't wait, toss them *out* immediately... otherwise, live
with it, it's part of the pet course...
I'm told the same thing, except it's two parts water and one part
vinegar. Also to never use a sudsy/detergent type product as you
never really get the soap out.
"My doctor says I have a malformed public-duty gland
and a natural deficiency in moral fiber, and that I am therefore
excused from saving Universes."
Since you state you have recently bought new Carpeting, and that this
was a Stainmaster Carpet, no doubt it probably cost you a good penny to
have put in.
If you have quite a bit of it in the house, a good recommendation I
suggest, is to buy yourself a 1/2 way decent Carpet Steamer. Something
like a Bissel Pro Heat upright Steam Cleaner will fit the bill nicely,
and are easily gotten from places like Best Buy, and even Wally World.
The machine over a short time will pay for itself, as you won't have to
ever call the carpet cleaning boys, and be at their mercy ($$$) for
generally a horrible job that they do anyway.
Ever notice how these guys (Stanley Steamer, and the like) are in, and
out in under an hour, the carpet is soaken wet for two days, and doesn't
look any cleaner?
I honestly don't think any of these companies use solution, they just
water to clean to cut their overhead costs. Then how they always seem
to tack on their extra little "charges"? (Pre-treat, Spot Clean,
Deodorize, StainBlocker, etc)
The only thing they are experts at, is sweet talking you out of your
hard earned money, and "professionally" twisting you arm, turning a low
"estimated" cost job into a much more expensive one.
These upright Bissel Steam Heat Extraction Machines work very good, and
IMO, are the best method for cleaning (Versus spraying something on a
carpet, and then just rubbing it in).
The self heated automatically mixed "solution-hot water" they produce
that is sprayed down is virtually immediately picked up as you go, the
carpets are dry in 2-4 hours, you do them at your convenience, and do
them when, and as often as you like.
Have another emergency-accident? No problem, out comes the machine, it's
up, and running in 5 minutes, and done a short time later.
For what you've invested in carpet, I say spring another $200 for a
machine. I really like mine, and from doing a few friend's carpets with
them, the machine has easily paid for itself.
They'll also serve double duty, with the Upholstery Attachments for
cleaning couches, etc, and also great for doing your vehicle's interior
I second the upright carpet cleaner. I have a Bissel Pro Heat and it
comes in handy. Usually there is already solution in the machine, so I
just have to add some hot water and go. I do use the spot shot or
resolve first, then use the cleaner to make sure the area is well
rinsed and soak up any liquid left over. If you don't have one, might
not be a good idea to go over the area with a shop vac to get out as
much liquid as possible.
Spray well with Febreeze, and immediately absorb (wipe up with
towels, using plenty of agitatation), followed with a lifht
spraying of "Nature's Miracle" Skunk Odor Remover formula, brushing
lighly, and allowing to dry.
I use this for cat puke (mainly hairball remnanats) all teh time, and
it works well.
In extreme cases, or for repeatedly soiles areas, steam cleaning may
be necessary to prevent permanent staining. There is an additive
called "Kitten 88" which works well in teh traffic lane cleaner.
A newer product, calle "EX-IT", put out by "Big D Industries, is a
good after-spray deodorant, if purchased in aerosol form, but it
leaves a residual smell reminiscent of bubble gum. EX-IT can be
obtained from your local dry cleaners or janitorial supply company.
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