Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Pet Odors: Flooring and Carpets

We all love our pets. However, it is inevitable that somewhere along the line there will be an accident. I remember I had a cat that used to like my wood stove...during the summer when the stove wasn't hot. Late in August, I noticed the living room started smelling a little funky and realized, for some odd reason, the cat was urinating on the bricks behind the wood stove. Had I not known about EM1, I don't think I would have ever gotten rid of the urine. And, cat urine has a horrible smell!!!

I soaked the bricks with some Activated EM1 mixed with water (about 1 cup in a gallon of water). I let it dry to see if that did the trick. It was not 100%, so I did the same thing the next day. There was absolutely no smell after it dried and the cat never peed there again.

Recently we have had a few phone calls about the use of EM1 for pet odors. One person is trying to get the smell out of carpet where her cat urinated. The urine had soaked through the carpet into the floor and sub-floor. The carpet was also stained. Now, if you don't already know, EM1 is brown because it is made with molasses. We instructed her to soak the flooring, let it dry, and see if she needed to reapply.

This seems to have done the trick, but there is still the issue with the stain on the carpet. She washed the carpet with some EM1 and Water (1:20 or 5 ounces per gallon). The stain is being eaten by the microbes in the EM1 and decreasing in size. But, it is still there. Our suggestion was to get a carpet steam cleaner and use EM1 in the water, not the soap/detergent they sell. She is going to add 1/2 cup to the wash water and let us know how it did on the carpet. I plan to report later.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

That happened with me, too, and my cats. The were using the fireplace in the summer. I used a very dilute amount of Activated EM1 and it went away immediately. It is so effective!

For white carpets I would try a solution so dilute that it wouldn't stain, and I'd do it for several weeks running.

Unknown said...

Cat urine is very tough to clean. I'm glad that you found a product that can effectively remove the smell completely. Unfortunately, our cats damaged our carpet badly. That's why we opted for a professional carpet cleaner, Seattle-based. We tried a lot of products that we found in the market to solve the odor problem. Along the process of removing the odor, we stained the carpet with some chemicals. The carpet cleaners in Seattle effectively resolved our problem by using a natural technique of removing odor and stains.

Hope you would be able to solve the discoloration problem. Thanks for sharing!

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Unknown said...

Does anyone have a suggestion for a urine stained wood subfloor. I've sprayed it down with a 1:10 solution of em-1 already. Would it be ok to use a heavy solution and give the floor a good soaking with a spray bottle?

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James Flaukner said...

Thanks for the suggestion i will get the carpet steam cleaner for carpet cleaning and use EM1 in the water.

Kevin Scott said...

I suggest everyone to get a carpet steam cleaner and use EM1 in the water, and if you can't buy it ask carpet cleaning expert to do cleaning for you.

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Nabil said...

Ugh, there's nothing I detest more than the smell of cat wee!

I used to have such an issue with my cats back in the times of living alone with them. You wouldn't accept the commotion they caused! Truly!

One of my 2 cats (both neutered guys) had taken to painting the majority of my dividers, furniture, and whatever else he could reach. I was alarmed when I got an UV light. He never did that in the majority of the 9 years I've had him and didn't when I got him a mate (they cherish one another and did so immediately) however when a weird dark cat fired appearing outside both of my cats went crazy and the more seasoned one (9) began his divider painting, just as the window ornaments out in the kitty room. I couldn't stay aware of it.

My cats are indoor cats so dislike the stray is really going to get in here yet the two of them detest him (and he is weird...my neighbor's cats loathe him as well). I've taken a stab at cleaning with a pet pee compound and afterward spraying some "No More Spraying" however that hasn't worked. He's a tricky little bugger as well; he holds up until he believes I'm not looking and afterward does it. He's discovered that the moment I see him backing his butt looking for trouble he gets shouted at.

It wasn't until I found "NoMoreCatPee" that I had the option to at long last dispose of this tedious conduct.

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