I'm considering buying an older house that has some noticeable dog odor.
I assume I could get rid of it by pulling up all the carpeting, is that
The carpeting is otherwise in good shape. Could a professional steam
cleaning be expected to eliminate the odor?
Carpets, underpad and sometimes subfloor removal is needed. Steam cleaning
only gets the surface. I just went through this, though the home was only
8 years old. Previous owner had a sick dog and I had to rip everything out
to get the smell out. Fortunately, the dog was too sick to climb stairs
and only messed up the first floor.
Sometimes it gets rid of it and sometimes steam cleaning makes it a
smell. If you do, do that, put vinegar in the water (assuming
there's no bleach
in the cleaner). Vinegar tends to get rid of smells.
Problem is, it has often
times gone into the wood underneath. In which
case you will need to pull the
carpet and paint the wood with a smell
Is it dogs smell or dog urine smell? Big difference. If it's just the
smell of dogs then a good carpet cleaning could clean that up, but if
it's urine, then you probably have to replace the carpet. Urine smell
is pretty obvious and you'd probably also see stains, it you don't
think it's urine, I'd give a good cleaning a try, then wait a few
days and see if the smell comes back.
I knew if we went long enough, there would be something we'd agree on.
Yes, if it is that bad and recovery costs are that high, pass on it. The OP
ain't gonna know until all the carpet and padding is pulled up as to just
what they are dealing with. It could be far worse, and layers deeper than
they suspect. Get the recovery costs before making a bid, if you choose to
bid at all after you have all the facts. Might be a cheap fix, might be
buying a nightmare.
If all other proposed remedies fail, a next-to-last option might be an Ozone
generator. These are used to recondition REALLY bad organic-caused odors,
like the smells that emanate from very dead things.
Caution: Commercial Ozone generators can create fumes that, when breathed in
sufficient quantity for sufficient time, have been found to not be
compatible with life. [I put this warning in to appease those who worry a
lot about dunderheads operating anything more complicated than a spoon.]
I'd start there after a good shampooing. Do a room at a time and
crank the thing all the way up when you're not in the room.
Don't buy any old piece of junk- get a used Alpine Air on ebay for $75
or so. The XL-15 is worth the $250 or so they go for new-- but a
couple used ones can be moved around to do more than one area at a
My son uses them at a car dealership to kill the odors of pets,
spilled milk & rotted meat that they find in the used cars.
[oh- and a cheeseburger that a salesman left in a new one.<g.]
Also supposed to be bad for rubber things. I suppose I would use
Maybe a sig?
"Learn more about Moronism"
Still, the hand-wringers DO have a point. Earlier this week I saw a news
story about an observer doing a ride-along in a military jet. He tried to
adjust his seat...
The ejection mechanism blew his ass through the canopy and 300 feet into the
Not completely. What is the sub floor (wood / concrete)? I would wash
/ rinse all the walls with a TSP solution and fresh paint. Trash the
carpet and pad. My house had two dogs from the first owner. I even
pulled all the base board out. Granted I had time to do this work over
six months, so the house was vacant, windows open and fans running.
I'm sure the old appliances had odor in the them ( replaced).
Pull the carpet away from a wall corner - see how many pet stains
odor can be elkminated 100%:)
you do what the fire restoration industry does.
remove ALL carpeting and padding!!!
discard, its not worth the hassle and cost to clean, plus it shrinks
if you send it out, for power washing at a speciality carpet cleaner.
just toss it all, get the color and style you want.
scrub all walls, floors etc.
lightly sand floors, then coat with OUTDOOR POLYURETHANE, multiple
coats. it doesnt have to look good, urine stained areas on hardwood
will be black, but if your covering with carpet it doesnt matter.
paint all walls with BIN or KILZ primer sealer. 2 coats, then regular
you cant remove urine and pet odor or even tobacco smoke stench.
all you can do is seal it in so you cant smell it anymore.
done like this the odor will NEVER RETURN:)
any attempted scrubbing or other odor masking will come back every
time the weather is moist:(
this is what fre restoration companies do after home fires, another
hard to remove odor.
tell the sellers you must have a discount to cover this cost.
been there done all this, its not hard just grunt work
I did. the carpet was just a few months old and very urine soaked.
we pulled it up and took the smelly mess, to the one shop in
pittsburgh that has the equiptement usually used to clean oriental
multiple immersion baths, in shampoo, bristle brushes, sprayed on foam
and anti odorant. it cost near 1/2 the cost of the carpet new.
but it was worth it, except the cleaning made it shrink. which caused
company had to do it 3 times to get the odor out. thankfully they
didnt charge extra.
my mom, step dad and 3 dogs were all incontenient.
house turned out great, but was a LOT of work.
Now you have to look at all the other parts of the house and see just how
much you like the place over all. Sounds to me if they let that part go,
they probably let everything else go to seed, too. Roof, AC, plumbing,
gutters, it could turn into a money hole real quick.
I see red flags here.
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