I have 4 hours to de-stink a carpet and medium sized apartment
October 25, 2013 1:19 PM Subscribe
If you had 3 hours, how would you de-stink an apartment with SEVERE pet odor?
posted by anonymousme to home & garden (28 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
The owners of this apartment have a lot of pets who have had a lot of "accidents" on the carpet. To their credit they do their best to clean up right away, but it has taken a pretty strong toll anyway.
The carpet is regularly cleaned with a carpet-steaming machine, but that has never seemed to do much good.
Here's the current situation: I just found out I am going to have an unexpected guest in the house for about 20 minutes. Please assume for the sake of my question that there is nothing I can do to stop this.
I need to do my best to get rid of and/or mask the smell as much as I can before then. I have 3 hours to work with.
Here's what I have for carpet cleaning/odor covering:
*The carpet cleaning machine
*Many different kinds of soaps
*A baking soda carpet powder
*Regular baking soda
I also have all the usual different kinds of cleaning products, including both green and chemical products.
I was also thinking I could use something else to mask the odor too when I've done all the cleaning I could do, so I could use ideas for odors that are very masking. But all I could think of though is coffee. I don't have incense. I am more going for a fresh smell than a heavy incense smell, but I'm open to what works at this point.
Last year I was at a holiday party where there was a very stong, nice holiday, autumn smell coming a concoction boiling on the stove. It looked like apple cider but the host told us that it wasn't drinkable, it was only there for the smell. If anyone has any idea what that could have been, the ingredients that might have gone into it, please let me know.
I have time for a quick shopping trip to the grocery store or another kind of store. I'm near to a few shopping centers.
That's everything I can think of. Right now I'm going to go prepare the carpet cleaning machine, and I will be checking back for answers regularly. Thank you so much.