I’ve been cleaning carpets a long time and these are my observations when it comes to pet odors in your carpet and three possible solution.
Urine, pee, spray, Feces!
100% of all my customers assume the smells they are smelling are from urine, male spray and feces in their carpets.
Not so. . . but from whence doth it come then Charley? The answer might surprise you for a moment, but then it will all make perfect sense-
The animal smells in your carpet come from the animal’s Hair Follicles. . .
Yeck, gross and way smellier than urine in my opinion.
- Feces we can plainly see, it is mostly on the surface, we scrape it up and do a little detergent cleaning.
- Urine we can see, we treat it and if the area is kept dry the biological activity will eventually die off.
- Hair follicles we vacuum out. . . right? WRONG!
So wrong. . . wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong! I have found dog and cat hair woven deep into the cleanest of homes carpets. People who have $25 an hour house cleaners have gobs of animal hair in their carpets. GOBS & GOBS!
Because animal hair gets deep into our carpets, is not visible and because people THINK their super-duper vacuum vacuums it out- the animal hair builds up and it’s a biological mess!
- Your vacuum isn’t getting it out.
- Your Hot Extraction Cleaner isn’t “extracting” it out.
So you are going to have to do it yourself or hire someone who can.
Food For Thought & Dust-mites :(
Hair follicles are accompanied by decaying, but not dead, skin tissue and body oils. . . Hello! This is a build up kind of smell.
Now add some hot water, a pinch of salt :) and keep these follicles in a warm,moist and dark place (like deep down in your damp carpet AFTER hot steam cleaning). . .
Voila! Biological Activity and Smells. Like reconstituting dried jerky. . .
How to get Animal Smells out of your Carpet
Step #1 You must get a vacuum with good brushes or buy a good “brushroll” for the one you have.
Step #2 Spay your carpet lightly with a very weak detergent spray.
- Just enough to lubricate the Hair Follicles- not much!
- Or a non-aggressive natural cleaner
Remember, except for wool’s and cottons (read your label), most carpet is made out of the same stuff as your linoleum floors and counter tops!
Harsh chemicals are not needed- let the brushes do the work. Don’t spay anything on your carpet that you would not clean a spoon with on a camping trip to eat with.
How do I know if my carpet is wool or cotton?
- People who have cotton carpets know they have cotton carpets.
- Burn a thread and wool will smell like burnt hair.
- Pull back the corner of your throw rug and read the label.
- Synthetic will smell like plastic and curl up like singeing the end of a nylon rope.
- Most wool carpets do not get this kind of dirty, but a little clean water spray could lubricate enough for some progress.
- Wool absorbs whatever is sprayed on it and sucks it right up. Careful.
Step #3 Vacuum and spray a little as you go, check your brushes for build up. . . and good luck!
We have big brushes on our machines and so you can see why we are so effective at getting animal hair out of our customer’s carpets.
Step #4 Would be to skip steps 1 – 3 and call a professional True Dry Carpet Cleaner with brushes like the ones on our machines.
Where’s The Beef? – Where’s The Brushes?
The average Hot Extraction cleaner does not have brushes on their extractor. . . they spray and suck with very little agitation. You should look for,
- Low Moisture
- Big Brushes
- And the Animal Hair Gone!