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My living room carpet smells strongly of dog urine. I have cleaned it several times. I can't afford new carpet. What else can I do?

The carpet is medium pile and a light beige color. I have tried different cleaners, but nothing seems to do enough good. I have also had it professionally cleaned by Coit and Stanley Steamer. I know the carpet needs replaced but we are talking about a very large room and I don't have the money.

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It may be the padding & flooring beneath that's trapping odors. If so, surface cleaning will never remove it. Try shopping Craig's List, local want ads & calling carpet stores for a very large remnant. Carpet stores always have something they're dying to get rid of, cheap. You don't have to buy anything expensive. You may have to settle for a color or loom you're not crazy about, but it's better than living in a stinky house. For what you paid for cleaning products & two professional cleanings you probably could have bought carpet. Cut your losses & start putting a few bucks away each week for a large remnant roll, if at all possible.

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Good advice, I wish I'd thought of it :)
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You kinda did. : )
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Try a carpet "refresher". It's a powder that you sprinkle on, wait and vacuum up. Arm and Hammer makes one as well as Resolve.

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What MonaSez said, and don't lay down on it! Haha!

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get one of those wet vacs, pour hot water and rubbing alcohol in there and douse that carpet...hopefully it will get rid of the mildew and it will sanitize the f outta your floor. or just throw out the carpet altogether... theres mildew and thats bad for your health

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The pad under the carpet may have urine in it. Can you try pulling up the carpet and cleaning underneath it? Also, you may not be able to afford carpet but if the smell is really terrible maybe you should just rip up the carpet and put cheap flooring down or use a cheap area rug. It's not pretty but it may be better than having a gross smelling room.

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The problem is probably the pad has urine in it. A surface cleaning just won't get that out it needs replaced. The urine could also have soaked into the boards or the concrete that make up the floor and there is little you can do about it. Your best bet is pull up the carpet and clean the pad with vinegar and water, Use alot of vinegar and a shop vac/ wet dry vac. Pull up the pad and take it outside to dry and clean the floor with vinegar and water and the shop vac, scrub the heck out of it with a brush, get the corners really well too. When everything is dry put it back together. Vinegar, as it evaporates will pull the urine and urine smell out, thats why you take the carpet and pad outside to dry. You may have to clean the floor several times, at least I would and then sprinkle Arm and Hammer baking soda to help neutralize the odor as well.

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The cheapest way: Go to The Home Depot and buy a gallon of Odaban, and a turkey baster. Inject the Odaban into the carper where the odor is the strongest.

If you you don't have a Home Depot close, just find a deodorizer that has enzymes in it. The enzymes actually consume the odor causing bacteria.

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even cheaper way:
Fabreeze!

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tried this didnt work
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GENESIS 950 - Totally. You are probably using enzymatic cleaners - which essentially just make it worse because they are live feeders that DIE! - Then you have the dead micro organisms in your carpet. Professional cleaners are looking to make money and water down their solutions to reduce cost, and don't neccessarily have the solution to kill all bacteria. You really need to get Genesis 950 and buy or rent a steam cleaner. Not only will it remove the smell by completely deodorizing your carpets, but it will also kill any germs or bacteria in the carpet. This is key in your situation because if you have old urine in the carpet, it may be encouraging the growth of mold or bacteria. You do not need new carpet, you just need to really clean and destroy what is in there now. You can get info on it at www.amerikalstore.com. I think this will really help you out.

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A sprinkling watering can with a 50/50 vinegar water solution. Sprinkle the worst spots until soaked to the pad. Could add several drops of your favorite essential oil to the solution. Let set for a few minutes for solution to get to the pad. Then use a carpet cleaner to work as much up as possible. Should get down to the pad and neutralize the urine,. I dry with large floor fan.

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