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Applying OdorXit Concentrate With Carpet Cleaning Machines

OdorXit Concentrate's unique chemistry makes applying it to contaminated carpeting with a carpet cleaning machine a natural match but there is some finesse involved. Unlike most odor control products, OdorXit can be mixed with the carpet shampoo and take benefit from the surfactants (wetting agents) in most shampoo.

Using even with the best and most powerful carpet cleaning machines, only the carpets nap and top of the backing material are affected by the cleaning process. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that applying OdorXit with a carpet cleaning machine will only affect the contaminants in the carpets nap and the top of the backing though most if not all of the backing is actually treated.

We recommend that you start your carpet recovery effort with a carpet cleaning machine to apply OdorXit in combination with the carpet shampoo supplied with the machine (2 to 3 ounces of OdorXit per gallon)

There are two benefits to this method of application:

  1. the carpet gets cleaned, and
  2. the wetting agent in the shampoo helps the OdorXit penetrate more deeply into the carpet nap and backing

The finesse in the process is to spray a final light coat of shampoo and OdorXit Concentrate on the carpet and not vacuum it back out. Do not make this a heavy coat, you are just trying to leave a fresh coat of OdorXit Concentrate on the carpet so that it can soak in to places it has not already gotten to yet.

After the carpet is cleaned (to the extent it will clean up) it will be obvious whether the carpet should be replaces. If it is acceptably clean and odor free, your recovery may be complete though it is unlikely. More often than not, the padding is harboring the bulk of the urine residue and will need to be replaced.

We have used the Hoover Steam & Vac 5 brush home unit and it works very well, but it costs well over $200. We have not used or priced the DirtDevil and search for Upright Extractor or the Bissell upright carpet cleaners, but they too seems to have the right stuff. Renting a cleaning machines is an alternative but most rentals do not have the agitators or beater bars needed to work the OdorXit into the carpet especially when working with Berber carpet.

Both Hoover and Dirt Devil carpet cleaning shampoos have surfactant additives. You will find surfactants listed on the warning label because it is capable of soaking right through you skin. OdorXit is extremely safe to use but I don't think injecting it and carpet shampoo under my skin is something I would want to try. So, when you are using anything containing surfactants, be aware that there can be serious consequences.

Last Updated September, 2006