Any clean freaks out there? Help me!

  1. Ok, ever since the new addition, my carpets look sort of like a train wreck happened on them.
    I do own a carpet cleaner (one of those lil green steaming machines) but have never used it.
    My question is... what do you use to get stains/odors out of the carpet? How effective is steam cleaning? How long does it take?
    I generally use carpet fresh (although I know its bad, I've seen that it ends up on the floor underneath the pad), Bounce to freshen up the carpeting, and an odor neutralizer (and Lysol spray on trouble spots), but it seems that I'm just covering up the scent and not getting rid of it altogether.
    Any suggestions?
    I've gone to the petsmart website and they have lots of enzymatic cleansers and stuff that's supposed to break down the protein in the urine and get rid of the smell completely, but I have no experience with them.
    The thing is, although Mercy is good about going outside when she's outside, she's never going to stop going inside until I can get ALL the smell out of the carpet.
    And, before you all think my house is disgusting, I can't smell it at all, but I know she can.
    I've tried rinsing the carpet with white vinegar, I've tried baking soda, I've tried all the remedies I've heard of, but it doesn't seem like its working.
    Help!
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  2. 31 Comments

  3. by   LasVegasRN
    When I had my schnauzer, he just could not hold his bladder until I got home.
    I've used the enzymatic cleaners at Petsmart, but the problem is, they do break down the enyzmes but they RELEASE the urine smells back into the air. Having a male dog, they think, oh gee, time to mark that spot again! Didn't have good results there.
    Ended up having the carpet shampooed by a professional cleaner. After the carpet was cleaned, using baking soda kept out the smells completely.
  4. by   delirium
    Eww yuck.... professional means forking over lots of cash. I have a carpet cleaner neighbor across the street and he gave me a 'friendly' estimate which was just ridiculous.
    I could replace the carpet for less than that. Well, I'm exaggerating, but we don't have a lot of money while I'm in school and I'd rather do it myself, if that's at all possible.
    So tomorrow on my day off, I guess I'll steam clean the carpet.
  5. by   LasVegasRN
    Yeah, that would be your best bet. I have a guy from church that cleans my beige carpet every 6 months, he only charges $40. My Rottie hasn't messed in the house for 8 years (he's 13) so it's just foot traffic and doggie paw traffic.
  6. by   delirium
    My carpet is beige too... the most evil color for carpet to be, in my opinion.
    What I wouldn't give for a forest green or midnight blue carpet right about now.
  7. by   jevans
    Although I have both forrest green and midnight blue carpets and boy oh boy does dog hair show up real nice

    Just my 2pence worth

    :kiss
    j
  8. by   LasVegasRN
    MsPurp, I used to have pastel blue. I must have been on crack when I made that carpet color decision. That was the worst!!
  9. by   jevans
    I thought I would open up our parquet floor:chuckle

    Thought muddy foot prints - NO PROBLEM:chuckle :chuckle

    Spend my life on hands and knees- POLISHING

    Now I think NO MORE DOGS OR SKATE BOARDING 15yo's:roll :roll
  10. by   kittyw
    I use hot shot (but not the carpet cleaner hot shot just the regular old hot shot) ... it works great!! Depends on the size area you need to clean as it comes in a spray can. My little one threw up on my carpet - which is also that wonderful color.... BEIGE ... and you can't even tell it now.

    As for professional cleaners ... $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. I tried it once ... got an estimate then he wanted $$$ for stain removal and $$$ for this and $$$$ for that .... way, way too expensive for this budget!!
  11. by   Love-A-Nurse
    depending on the size of the area, try shave cream to remove it. i have hard wood floors, except kitchen and bath and don't need to worry about carpets.
  12. by   Cowgirl
    MsPurp,

    There is a cleaner called "Tuff Stuff", and it works wonders! It is in a yellow spray can and you can find it in automotive. I use it on the house carpet, in our Jeep and our trucks. It really works very very good! I have a light baby blue carpet and I'll get make up on the floor some how all the time and it comes right up!!!!!!!!! It works on any color or kind of carpet!
  13. by   delirium
    Ok, so Tuff Stuff and Hot Shot.... (making mental note here)
    Shaving cream? I've never heard of that.

    My plan for the future is to move in to a southwestern adobe-style home with mud floors. Doesn't matter how much soda/beer/whatever drops on the floor.
  14. by   delirium
    Ok, before I get corrected here, I should specify that I HAVE heard of shaving cream, I even use it occasionally, although I do prefer Skintimates shaving gel and 'Coochy' brand shave cream (for those more, uh, sensitive areas).

    What I meant to say is that I had never heard of using shaving cream for removing carpet stains.

    Alrighty then.

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