At odds about what to do with a pet that uses your hallway as a bathroom? Well nothing beats professional treatment and extraction but there are ways to handle the odor and attempt to treat the smell on your own. Let me start by saying that some of the help articles written on the internet work in the short term, what they don’t do is explain what happens a month later with the various products used. take this link from a dog chat forum for example. Pet Urine Damage Link – Click Me We have vinegar, dish soap, baking soda and peroxide. Well, at least they are 25-50% correct. The problem with using ANY dish soap is the amount of dirt that it attracts from being left in the carpet. Here at Mountain View Carpet Care we use industrial level truck mount extraction equipment and we wouldn’t even use dish soap.
It takes gallons of water to rinse that stuff all out. Vinegar also attracts dirt. What you do want to use is the peroxide, a shop vac, and odorcide. Odorcide is a smell blocking deodorizer that can be purchased on amazon and or home depot has a version of it called odoban. The Brown bottle peroxide will kill live bacteria and the odoban will help with residual smell.
The process i would suggest is this
Add hydrogen peroxide to the affected area. If you get the foaming castle use your shop vac to suck what you added out, then add more, then suck, repeat until the fizzing stops.
Next flush the area with plain water. Be liberal with the water as your shop vac and towels will pull up most of it. Half a gallon to a gallon of water is a common amount. Make sure to shop vac up as much as possible in a rinse/suck repeat style.
Now it’s time to add your odoban. Follow the directions on the bottle for dilution rate and add it the same way you did the water rinse. Let the odoban set around 5 minutes before you shop vac it out.
Lastly mix up a batch of very light odoban, if you use the stuff that’s 32oz gallon full strength, mix a batch with 2-4oz/gallon, this is your final rinse agent and needs to be mostly water. If you have strong odors you can leave it be with the heavier mix but it can attract soil again faster than if you rinse it. rinse and repeat with the light mixture adding then shop vaccing until it feels like there is no slippery residue left. Use a plain bath towel to blot up as much liquid as you can and finally keep that area warm. A small space heater would be ideal to speed your dry time. When water dries it evaporates up and can carry soil to the top of the carpet fiber.
Curious where finished quotes often fall?
Our Residential Carpet Cleaning page has a MUCH more thorough walk through of the cleaning process.
The below quotes are from finished jobs. With any luck it will give you a ballpark idea before you call. Our main prices page can also be found at our main prices page click here
• 1450sq/ft Beaverton townhouse, aprox 70% or 1000sq/ft carpet, low-avg dirt & grime on Scholls Ferry, came out like new $200
• 4000sq/ft home in Lake Oswego, aprox 60% carpet or 2300sq/ft, heavy grime in areas, like new in others, red stain removal & pet damage $480
• 1300sq/ft ranch home in Hillsboro, aprox 70% carpet or 800sq/ft in good condition, light to moderate soil and one small pet area $170
• 790sq/ft 1bd 1st floor apartment in Tansborne, aprox 60-70% carpet light to moderate soil $99
• 1600sq/ft home in West Linn, aprox 80% carpet with heavy grime, pet damage and a LOT of soil, couch and chair also cleaned $350
• 2100sq/ft home in Hillsboro, aprox 70% carpet, fair to good condition, 2 level, 3bd, hall, living, dining $240
• 1700sq 2lv home in hillsboro, aprox 1000sq of carpet with 2 rooms needs heavy detergent and spotting $240
• 1400sq townhome, just the living room area and 1 set of stairs. $119 base for room + stairs + $30 for 3 urine spots created by small-ish dog