reclaiming the pet deposit (cleaning a house that reeks of dog urine)
June 5, 2013 9:35 PM Subscribe
A week before my former roommate moved out her dog came into heat, resulting in my own ankle biter marking everything he could hike his little leg at. Apparently in his haze of lust he decided that bathing the house in stink would boost his chances of getting a bit of action. Defiled items include the back of my couch, my box spring and the linoleum in the kitchen (where I keep him penned up when I'm out). Also some bedding and other small items I'm comfortable throwing away instead of trying to clean.
Next week I'm moving to another property under the same management and hoping to get back most of my deposits (as well as keeping in the landlord's good grace) by getting the house as minty fresh as possible before I turn in the key.
I'm looking for some low budget recommendations on getting the stench out. I would prefer they be methods that you've used with success, so if I have further questions I can actually discuss it with someone who has experience with the specific method.
posted by myShanon to Pets & Animals (16 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I own a carpet cleaner, but not the kind that comes with attachments. It works on flat surfaces, and I'm likely to injure myself trying to make the couch balance in a way that allows me to use it there... If necessary I can rent a steamer to get it, but first I'd like to see what other options might be workable. I found one suggestion of mixing peroxide and white vinegar and letting it soak in (repeatedly, if necessary, until smell is gone). Has anyone tried that? I never heard of it before finding it on one site today.
I've tried mopping the linoleum down with white vinegar in the water, so far it hasn't work. Today I tried bleach water, also with limited success. In fact, afterward the dog seemed to deliberately target the area. I plan to buy a new mop head in case that might make a difference, and go over the area repeatedly. Is there something else I should be using that would help more?
When I first brought the dog home he started marking the box spring, I tried Nature's Miracle to get the smell out and remove the scent markers... I started locking him out of the bedroom shortly afterward, so can't say how successful that was... but there were other places in the house that he went back to repeatedly in spite of Nature's Miracle being used... so I'm not sold on that being a worthwhile product. I do still have part of the bottle left and can try that.
I also have amonia, bleach, white vinegar... all bought previously in attempt to wash out bedding that had been marked. The blankets were eventually tossed as I couldn't get rid of the smell even after several trips to the laundromat.
My budget for cleaning supplies is around $20. I can possibly stretch up to $50, but since it means cutting out of my food budget with payday still almost 2 weeks away, I'd prefer to do that only if absolutely necessary.