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Spot cleaning carpet!

chico2
July 2nd, 2004, 08:29 AM
As I've told before,my tabby Rocky(neutered) sprays on occasion,especially if he sees a cat outside.
I know where he's been going and need to clean his"spots"with something that really cleans and removes the odor,any ideas?
I've heard about a mix of baking-soda and something...but don't remember what :confused:
I only have carpeting in the livingroom,so cleaning it won't be a big job...but it will if left,eventually be a big nasty smell :D

theplainsjane
July 2nd, 2004, 09:19 AM
There are some enzyme cleaners out. You rather soak the carpet with it and it "eats" the stains and stinkies. You can buy a gallon for about $25US or a spray bottle for about $8US. I've also had luck just putting down baking soda, leaving it for a bit and the vacuuming it up.

Good luck. :)

Lucky Rescue
July 2nd, 2004, 11:05 AM
I've never used anything myself, as I have no carpets, but from what I hear, "Nature"s Miracle" is great for this!

chico2
July 2nd, 2004, 05:13 PM
Thank's for the help!! Lucky it was actually because of the cats we had to put carpet in the livingroom.We were going to refinish the wood floor,but were not able too because of the cats,too much noise and it would take too long.The rest of my house is wood-floors and tiles.
I will look for"Natures Miracle",Rocky has completly ruined the bottom of a Chinese cabinet I have in there,it's not a big deal,but it's his fave place to spray against :mad:
It seems to happen in spurts(in more ways than one!!)he can go weeks without spraying and then he does it again.
Both him and Chico spray when we are outside,which is ok...I just wish he would not do it inside. If I catch him and say a firm NO Rocky,he scampers away,so he knows he is not supposed to spray.
Oh well,not the end of the world,but I have company coming and they don't even like cats,maybe I'll set up a tent for them outside :D

Luba
July 2nd, 2004, 10:50 PM
Vinegar will neutralize the toxicity and the baking soda should help get rid of the el stinko lol

WOODY
July 3rd, 2004, 07:25 PM
Cats odor is easily removed with peroxide sprayed on and then absorbed into a paper towel.

Luba
July 3rd, 2004, 08:21 PM
Really? Wow thats neat to know! ;)

chico2
July 3rd, 2004, 10:33 PM
Thank's everyone,I am going to try the peroxide tomorrow since I have it at home,the carpet does not smell like"cat-pee"does not have an ammonia smell,but we can detect a faint smell of regular pee,which is not very nice while you have guests munching on munchies.... :D

glasslass
July 4th, 2004, 12:58 AM
Dumb question, but just curious - does peroxide have a bleaching action on the carpet. Or is this different from hair product peroxide? :confused:

WOODY
July 4th, 2004, 07:18 AM
Peroxide is generally safe and does not bleach out the color as would chlorine bleach (which is how you get white spots on blue jeans).
3% Hydrogen Peroxide is cheap and sold in most drug stores and grocery stores.
WOODY

chico2
July 4th, 2004, 08:27 AM
Thank's again Woody,I was thinking of the bleaching thing too,but at 3% it would not do any damage.Also the carpet is a very light gray,so some "lighter"spots would not bother me as long as the smell is gone..

WOODY
July 4th, 2004, 08:59 AM
One of the main problems is is getting to all of the odor creating pee. It not only soaks into the carpet it goes into the pad and sometimes onto the floor below.
Most of the other ideas using baking soda have one big drawback and that is the baking soda crystals - while you can vacumn up some of them - some remain and while it soaks up odor if the vac leaves any behind the animals will find it and pee on it again.....
we generally sporay an area with peroxide -really saturate it - then soak it out with paper towels then spray it again and blot again.- you will also be surprised how much dirt comes out too.
The peroxide can penetrate the backing of the carpet and the pad. While you won't be able to blot it all out what remains will continue to kill odor.
Peroxide does not mask odor, it removes what is causing it.
WOODY :D

chico2
July 4th, 2004, 09:32 AM
Woody,since it is from spraying,not peeing,I can clearly see the many little spots in a few areas....one thing for sure,cat pee is strong stuff,strong enough to curdle the laquer on one of my cabinets :confused:
Don't worry if anyone thinks I would ever get rid of Rocky because of this,it's a BIG NO....Rocky stays :D

WOODY
July 4th, 2004, 09:02 PM
If your cat is spraying on the walls and there is a residual odor it is most likely due to the urine crystals which will adhere to the surfaces. I have found it best to wipe the area with a warm to hot cloth then use a product called "Simple Solution Stain and Odor Remover". It is manufactured by the Bramton in Dallas Texas and distributed by Pet Supplies Plus - in the states.
I have no idea if or who would sell it to our Northern neighbors...LOL
It has a wonderful odor and does actually remove stains and odor instead of masking it. But when you finish the wall will not only be clean it will smell very nice...
Woody :D

chico2
July 5th, 2004, 06:49 AM
Woody,thank's for your advice,I think I am doing ok with walls,mostly he goes up against furniture and except for my chinese cabinet,I've managed to keep everything else from being damaged.
He does not spray every day,only when he gets excited or stressed,he's otherwise a big lump of sweetness and if I catch him starting to spray,he responds to a firm NO and runs away.
I don't know if we have the product you mention,but I am going to check out the stores and see what's available. Thank's again!