Step by Step Recovery of Urine Contaminated Carpeting
Recovering urine contaminated carpeting is the most complex odor elimination problem real estate investors and rehabbers and home owners are likely to face. Taking a step by step approach is by far the best.
The steps include:
Determine if the carpet is worth saving. If replacing the carpet, padding and installation is worth less than the materials, recovery time and effort, and the lost rent to remove the odor, trash the carpet, padding and tack strips, decontaminate the flooring and install new padding and carpet so you can move on with the rehab. New carpet will make the property easier to rent or sell and in the case of rental, could encourage the tenant to take better care of your property and stay longer.
Assuming the carpet is worth saving, clean the carpet with a good quality carpet machine or have the carpet cleaned professionally. If you clean it yourself, you can add 2 or 3 ounces of OdorXit to each batch of carpet shampoo. If you have it professionally cleaned, most pros will not let you add anything to their shampoo machine. In that case, just come in with your own machine and apply OdorXit mixed with Hoover or Sears carpet cleaner while the carpet is still damp.
The next day, air out the treated area to flush any remaining OdorXit or carpet shampoo smells then close the area. Check for urine smell especially in the corners for cats, in the middle of the carpet for dog urine. If there is a slight odor, retreat just the area with OdorXit and water 2-3 oz per gallon. If the odor is stronger or persists, go to step 4.
With heavier carpet contamination it will be necessary to inspect the back of the carpet in the areas that continue to smell like urine. The problem area can be identified easily from the back because there will be a yellow to dark brown patch of stain on the back of the carpet. Cut out the padding plus 6 to 12 inches that match the stain on the carpet. Wash the floor and spray it and the back of the carpet thoroughly with a solution of OdorXit and water (4 ounces per gallon of water). Do not allow the carpet to lay on the wet flooring. It will soak up the OdorXit that should be seeping into the nooks and crannies in the flooring.
The next day, air out the treated area again and check for urine smells. Often you will find new spots as the overall level of contamination falls. If new areas are found go to step 4. If the area seems to be free of odor, close the area and check it the next day. If the weather is cool or cold, heat the area to at least 65 degrees F in order to promote the creation of odor if it has not all been eliminated. Again go to step 4 if more areas are found.
Now that you have successfully eliminated the odor, cut out new pieces of compatible carpet padding and tape it into place with 2 inch duct tape. Put the carpet back and stretch it over the tack stripping.