LESLIE: Gil in Maryland’s up next who finds The Money Pit on WJFK. And what’s going on with your pets?
GIL: Well, we just moved into a new home; have new carpeting throughout the home. And I have a miniature schnauzer that has picked a spot to urinate on.
TOM: (overlapping voices) Ew! (laughing)
GIL: Got rid of the smell – yeah, ew. I agree. Got rid of the smell but the stain is still there. It is a lighter colored carpet; it is a cream colored carpeting. I’m looking to see what might I be able to use that won’t destroy the carpeting that’ll get rid of the stain.
LESLIE: I’ve got two options for you, Gil. One of them is called 1-2-3 Odor Free. It’s from a company called Just Rite out of the Midwest. And it’s a series …
GIL: 1-2-3 Odor Free?
LESLIE: Odor Free, yep. And it’s from Justrite.com and it’s R-i-t-e. And there’s several products that work together to get rid of the odor that may cause your pet to go back to the same spot. There’s another product that gets rid of the yellowing and another product that gets rid of the bacteria that grows under the rug. So it’s a series of steps but it really does work.
If the spot is super-duper stubborn, Bissell has a product called the SpotBot. I don’t know; you might have this or you might have seen one somewhere at a store. And it’s basically a miniature robot that uses a cleaning fluid and you just put it down on top of the stain and within five minutes, it’s made the stain disappear.
So one or two of those or both are really going to make your stain go away.
TOM: The other thing I want to give you a heads-up about, Gil, is that sometimes, when you’re dealing with pet stains like that, part of what’s down there is ureatic acid and that can react with some carpet dyes and make it lighter. And it could look like a stain but it actually could be that some of the carpet is sort of dyed out. And then, if that’s the situation, then, unfortunately it’s permanently stained and – or permanently discolored and you would have to replace that.
So give these products a shot but don’t be surprised if you have a situation where – especially if it sat there for a long time – it could be that the pets’ urine reacted with the carpet and that acid just lightened up the whole thing.
GIL: OK, I appreciate the information. I will give these items a try.
TOM: Alright, Gil. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.