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Any way to avoid replacing a smelly carpet?

Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by Thread, 9th May, 2016.

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  1. Thread

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    I've just moved into a soon to be IP. The plan is a quick cheap reno, buy a new place and rent this one out in the next 4-6 months.

    I have a tight budget and don't want to do any work I can avoid that won't convert into extra rent (or make it more rentable).

    The 160m2 house is carpeted throughout and the carpet looks in good condition.

    However, the lounge room carpet STINKS. I've had it professionally cleaned and have got damp-rid containers all around the room. I think it's cats wee. And it's really strong and quite over powering.

    I want to rip the whole carpet out immediately for the sake of my nose, but as all the rooms come off the lounge the chances of finding a matching carpet are slim. But I don't want to recarpet the whole house.

    What would you do?
     
  2. EN710

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    @Thread i would change the living room with floating floor or laminate if within budget
     
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    Maybe get some cheap carpet installed from bunnings? Doesn't have to cost a lot.
     
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    Hard one!!! Once urine seeps into the carpet underlay, then floorboards if you have them, you cannot get to those areas to clean, and if this has been going on for awhile, there may be litres under there.Bite the bullet and totally replace.
     
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    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Have you tried an Ozone machine? We've used these for getting cultural food smells out of carpet.

    Alternatively, look into changing just that area... either with different carpet or with perhaps a different product altogether.
     
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    Yep. If you have floorboards underneath, you could remove only the lounge room carpet and polish the floorboards. Hard wearing and a nice feature.
     
  7. Agent99

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    Your carpet cleaner would have simply brought a lot of urine by product to the surface and didnt know how to treat it. 1 clean is nowhere near enough and wont cut it. You need to rinse very heavily, spray with a professional urine product ( Not the ones from the vet ) , let dwell for 20-30 mins and heavily rinse again and fan dry with couple of airmovers, About 24 hours ventilate room and should be good to go.
    Around $300-350 for a room with extreme pet odour. Pick someone who does high end flood damage jobs they should know the drill.
     
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    Eeeeewww litres!
     
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    Burn the house down - only sure fire way of getting rid of the smell ;)
     
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    Recently had the same issue.
    Carpet cleaning products used liberally, windows left open 24 hours a day for 6 months and still couldn't get rid of smell.
    New carpet and underlay worked fine
     
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    Ah yeah there is a bit of a trick to it, the right product and the right knowledge helps :D Sadly carpet cleaning products will be of no use, you need specialist urine products.
     
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    I think you can put the cheap laminate flooring down for under $400 if you DIY