Carpet Disaster

Seriously…I can do dog throw up, dog poop, but dog pee is a whole different ball game. This is not what I wanted to come IMG_3977downstairs to after sleeping for only 5 hours on Reagan’s floor, my right arm through a crib slat with her foot on top of my hand- if I moved my hand, she woke up…ugh.  Dog pee smell sticks, in my opinion it NEVER goes away.  It’s one of those things that you can always smell, especially when the weather gets warmer. It stinks, it’s repulsive and it’s a rug ruiner.

The Bissell Little Green Machine has been a huge help with many rug clean ups over the years, it removes the stains, but unfortunately- in my opinion, the urine smell hangs around…YUCK!

IMG_3989This is the third machine that we have had in ten years.  There are two issues that I have with this machine.  #1- My husband believes that I am burning out the motor by continuing to attempt to spray the cleaning mixture when there is none left in the tank- hey, I’m watching the rug, not the darn tank.


#2- It is IMPOSSIBLE to clean the head of the vacuum. Dog hair gets stuck along the sides of the head and since the head cannot be removed there is no way to clean it…gross, I know.

After attacking the spot with the Bissell, I put a towel under the rug and one over it -so Colby (the dog) wouldn’t pee there again.  Here’s what I came back to after leaving the house for a little over an hour for a preschool tour.


The spot is still visible, still damp and still stinky, ugh!  I put a new towel under the rug and a new one over (As I sit on the couch, five feet away from the ‘spot’,  I can smell urine and I want to cry). I walked on the towel a bit and left it for another few hours.

Day 2: Maybe it’s just me, but the spot where the pee stain looks cleaner than the rest of the rug.  We just had the rugsprofessionally cleaned less than 5 months ago and this is not a high traffic area, huh? Anyway, there is still a faint smell of urine…SHOCKER! I’m going to leave the towels off the area for now to let the spot completely dry and then see what happens.


This is what I’m left with.  I currently cannot smell the urine unless I put my nose super close to the rug.  Since the rug is wool, it’s probably still somewhat damp within the carpet somewhere.  So until I can smell the urine when sitting next to it, walking by it, or until my brutally honest family mentions it…I will leave it alone.  The rug’s over 15 years old, maybe its time for a new one…hint, hint, to my loving husband of mine.


Oh, just in case you were wondering…here’s a picture of the totally guilty dog.  How could anyone be angry at a face like that?



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