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  • Getting pee smell out of car carpet

    So my tripod kitty, when he still was in a cast (pre-tripod) was in his cat carrier in the car, and started to pee, sending urine onto the floor of the passenger seat. Fortunately I had put a plastic garbage bag down just in case, but it didn't cover everything, and it got on the little side wall of the carpet, near the middle of the car. You know, where it rises up and meets the center console? When I got home I immediately went to work on it, but there's still a smell. I can't tell if its a pee smell, or the nasty flowery smell of the carpet cleaner. I've had two people smell my car and they think its the carpet cleaner. However, its been 2 weeks. I doused it with baking soda, and let it sit on there for 24 hrs and vacuumed it up, to no avail. I leave the windows open at night to get airflow, to no avail.

    My husband HATES the smell of air fresheners, he gets a headache, so that's out.

    Is there anything I can do to get it out? I think I can borrow a little green machine, but unfortunately, its not on the floor, as much as the little sides where the carpet goes up the side towards the middle.

  • #2
    Cover it in sweet PDZ; vacuum it all up when the smell is gone. the PDZ will only get the ammonia smell so then at least you'll know what you're dealing with. I use the stuff in the litter boxes in my house and there is no pee smell, at all, ever.
    “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey


    • #3
      You might try Nature's Miracle or any other enzymatic cleaner designed for pet odors.
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      • #4
        Resolve Carpet Cleaner works for me.
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        • #5
          I think the best is stuff called Urine Gone. I buy it at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
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          • #6
            This works best if you do it BEFORE putting anything else on the stain, but it still helps if you've treated the stain with something else:

            Put a layer of newspaper, black and white, not color, on the stain. Put something heavy on the newspaper. It works.

            The Atlanta Police Department used to do this for those pesky whiz and feces that defendants left in the backseat of uniform cars. It also works for blood from defendant's nose bleeds, etc.
            I was amazed as I thought they used some special industrial strength cleaner. They used newspapers, and then for possible AIDS, etc, the police followed up with a germ killer, I forget the name now. The formaldehyde in the newspapers will take the smell out of human and animal whiz and other body fluids.

            The police followed up with a detergent to remove the stain if any was left after the newspaper treatment.


            • #7
              Simple Solution EXTREME stain & odor remover - it's the best enyzmatic cleaner I've tried so far, and I think by now I have probably tried all of them, multiple times over. Be sure to follow the directions, though. I failed to do that the first time I tried it, because I was relying on my memory (bad idea) of the instructions on the back of a similar product (another bad idea). My first try with THIS product was not a great success; the second time around I followed the instructions, was very pleased with the results, and have been using it ever since. Old house, many cats, one very large furry dog... I now buy this stuff by the case.

              This product even worked for a friend who - in the high, horrible heat of the summer - undertook to drive her elderly mother and her mother's elderly cats from Ohio to Colorado. The drive was not fun - the car's air conditioning failed, and then one of the cats got out of its crate, making it impossible for them to open the windows wider than an inch. This was a Very Bad Thing, as the loose cat went to ground under the car seat where it first threw up repeatedly and then procceeded to develop projectile diarrhea. Fortunately they had a bottle of this stuff in the trunk, and were able to use it several times when they stopped for the night (at which point they went to visit a veterinarian recommended by the motel manager - the cat was unhappy and dirty, but otherwise healthy). My friend treated all of the floor mats and accessible carpet flooring in the car that night, and the next morning the car smelled "a little bit air-freshener-y" but otherwise normal. So, long horrible story short, this stuff works well even under extreme field conditions.
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              • #8
                Can you use any of these on cloth or leather? My cat peed on the leather couch, and it ran down between the cushions into the liner underneath. I've done the vinegar/baking soda/fabreeze rout, but eeeevery once in a while you can still smell it.


                • #9
                  apple cider vinegar, spray it on and wet vac it up, then warm water, tiny bit of dish soap and oxyclean, wet vac that, once dry (totally dry) baking soda. Husband's kitty had an accident on his side of the bed, got rid of the smell and the stain as well.


                  • #10
                    I am a fan of Nature's Miracle enzymatic. You can get it at Petco or Petsmart and just about any other pet shop type place. I've been having the opportunity to use it a LOT lately.
                    A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

                    Might be a reason, never an excuse...


                    • #11
                      In order to get urine smell/residue out of carpet,

                      it needs to get applied having an acid remedy for rot the alkaline salt and remains around the carpet. Many cleaning supply or janitorial stores could take suited tannin, caffeine or pee remedy spotters that can perform the job. The substance should then become groomed in the fibres and remained to respond for around Ten minutes.

                      Then, rinse off the spot with hot water and apply using an chemical complex made for pee neutralization remedy. Keep this around the carpet for Fifteen minutes.

                      The last stage is to wash the carpet completely, using the normal carpet cleaning processes. Deep steam cleaning together with truck-mounted machines are the most preferred technique.

                      Hope it helps!


                      • #12
                        You can use a baking soda on it and if it is possible keep it in the sun rays to dry.


                        • #13
                          I have had very good luck getting out old pee smells using Petastic .


                          • #14
                            I've had better luck with plain ol' hydrogen peroxide than any of the enzymatic cleaners out there and it's cheaper. It hasn't faded my carpets but you could do a spot test if you're worried about that.

                            I put it on full strength, blot the excess, then soak it again. Well, that's what I do when it's fresh - if it was an old spot I'd just soak it really heavily, let it dry and repeat if you need to.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by rubygirl1968 View Post
                              I've had better luck with plain ol' hydrogen peroxide than any of the enzymatic cleaners out there and it's cheaper. It hasn't faded my carpets but you could do a spot test if you're worried about that.
                              Flash back to my childhood (so very long ago).
                              I spilled something (do not remember what) on my new bedroom carpet. Did not want to tell mom. Found a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in the bathroom and poured it on and soaked it up. Thought all was well.
                              Well, a couple of days later my dark blue carpet had an ugly white/orange circle where I had poured that peroxide.
                              Not sure why, but it happened. Probably because it was a cheap carpet. Who knows. Just saying be careful pouring peroxide in mass on your carpet, unless you like funky white/orange circles.