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.
I had some pet-urine smell problems on the carpet when I first moved
into my apartment. I heard enzyme treatments were supposed to be good,
and possibly available from pet stores, but I had good luck with a
cheaper method (if you have access to a wet vac/steam carpet cleaner):
1. Heavy sprinkling of baking soda, brush/agitate into carpet, another
2. Vaccuum thoroughly.
3. Weak vinegar (maybe 1/5 strength) solution in steam carpet cleaner,
I read somewhere that this combination works because pet urine has both
basic and acidic components, and although I don't really understand how
that is possible, the treatment took care of the smell.
On 5 Mar 2006 22:29:10 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
What is the rug made out of? Wool? Polypropelyne?
Nylon? Do you have a yard that you can stake
the thing out in, or are you limited to the cleaning
you can do in an apartment?
The first thing to do, if you can,
is hang the thing outside for a
couple days, let the sun and air at it,
and beat the crap out of it.
What you do after that depends on what
it's made out of. You probably
don't want to put peroxide on a wool
rug, for instance.
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