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
- 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.
Step by Step Recovery of Urine Contaminated Wood Flooring
Recovering wood flooring under contaminated carpet padding can be very profitable