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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-12-2005, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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Carpet Steamer chemicals

I heard that the smell of the chemicals used in the carpet steamers you rent is similar to cat urine. My mother has three cats and a dog and has used these steamers in the past to clean the carpet and has found that the cats will pee on the carpet right after. The whole point of her using the steamer is to get out the cat urine and stains. Does anyone know if this is true? and if so, if there is an alternate product to use in the steamer?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-12-2005, 07:05 PM
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I use my Hoover Steam Cleaner all of the time, like every other week. I use a product called Zep purchased at Home Depot. The girls in work told me about it. I think it works better than anything yet. Ig your Mom trys the ZEP, make sure she buys the low foam Zep. I just reread your post. You can also use the Zep in the cleaners you rent and you don't necessarily need the low foam.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-13-2005, 02:56 AM
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Not sure of the chemicals but I do know that carpet cleaning will bring up things out of the carpet to the surface and if it isn't cleaned well enough it may be leaving it at the surface and not getting it all the way out.
I know that is why sometimes stains will appear after the carpets have been cleaned - just means they didn't clean it well enough.
Maybe that is what is happening with your mother??
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-13-2005, 03:15 AM
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The thing is, carpet steamers do just that, they steam the carpet. If there is urine in the carpet, it will wet it, and cause the smell to emerge.

Go for a deep cleaner rather than a steamer. Deep cleaners wet the carpet, then suck the water (and dirt) out of the carpet fibers. I usually do 2-3 passes with the deep cleaner and everything smells so nice!
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-13-2005, 09:02 AM
 
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I agree with Lenore!

Make sure you clean it well enough.
When I get a cleaner, I don't use the shampoo you buy because of the chemicals. I usually use 1/2C ammonia, 2T dishsoap to 1gal water.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-13-2005, 02:12 PM
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The thing is, carpet steamers do just that, they steam the carpet. Go for a deep cleaner rather than a steamer. Deep cleaners wet the carpet, then suck the water (and dirt) out of the carpet fibers. !
These days I think most of the models that say steam cleaners do suck up the water otherwise there wouldn't much use for it.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-13-2005, 05:17 PM
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Yes they do suck up the water, you are right there. I suppose I should be a but more specific.

The difference lies in what happens between water going in and it being sucked up.
A standard steam machine wets the carpet and the sucks it up.

A deep-cleaner (sometimes called deep cleaning steam machine) has scrubbing brushes (some rotary, some not) that agitate the soiled areas and allow what's in the fibers to be loosened and removed.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-14-2005, 09:06 PM
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A deep-cleaner (sometimes called deep cleaning steam machine) has scrubbing brushes (some rotary, some not) that agitate the soiled areas and allow what's in the fibers to be loosened and removed.
Yep that is what I have, best purchase I've ever made, used it yesterday in fact.

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