Don’t get excited. I have not discovered a magic cure for what ails those of us afflicted with pet odors.
I can only imagine how many odor elimination products you have collectively tried over the years for cleaning up after your pets. Some of you may have real issues with pet urine in the carpet, floor boards, etc, etc. So, like me you go to the Internet and do a search which brings up a plethora of products making all kinds of amazing claims. Perhaps many of you have found a product that you swear by. There are those that tell you the product MUST have an enzyme in it to get the urine odor out, while others say no, that’s not necessary. Most seem to agree that the odor eliminating product must come in contact with the organic elements causing the odor. This can be a problem with urine in carpets. Consequently several companies now have elaborate injection tools and whatnot to get the product into the carpet and the pad below.
Over the past few years since Simba Kahn started his studly spraying, I’ve tired many of these products. To name a few: Zero Odor, Anti-ickypoo, Nature’s Miracle, and more. I don’t know which one the culprit was but it, or maybe several, succeeded in ruining my carpet by bleaching out great areas of it. Of course all of them warn you to test for color fastness first, but what they don’t tell you is that it doesn’t always bleach right away, but several days or weeks later, there it is! Eventually I gave up on all of the products and switched to vinegar and water – approximately a 50/50 solution, often adding a few drops of my favorite perfumed oil.
I had new carpeting put in last year and swore I’d never use anything other than vinegar and water on it unless it was thoroughly tested first — over time — for color fastness. This may be a bit over cautious since I put in carpet that you can use bleach on over a water proof pad. In any case the vinegar has worked well for me — granted that my odor problems are not as bad as some are dealing with. For stains the don’t respond to the vinegar, I use a surfactant product I’ve had success with for years called Folex.
Now that you are all thoroughly bored, I’m finally getting to the crux of the story. Sorry it took so long. Here it is: I went a bit crazy for no good reason this past week and decided to try one more product that I’ve been watching for a couple of years. Like all the rest it makes interesting claims but in addition, it offered to send you a “test” kit. Well, how could I resist that? The kit contained 32 oz of the product (SCOE 10x), rubber gloves, a tiny vial of pure skunk oil, and a tiny vial containing a solution of animal urine and feces. EWWWWWW! That’s an understatement. When the UPS man handed me the package he said, “what is in this? It stank up my entire truck!” It was RANK!! The samples were in the vials in small plastic bags and then in a larger plastic bag and I could still smell them. GAG!! I didn’t even bring it in the house.
I girded my loins, clothespinned my nose, then laid out my little experiment in the garage. A sample piece of my new carpet was used. On it I placed equal amounts of the skunk oil in two places and equal amounts of the other stuff in two places … carefully labeled due to my short term memory getting shorter every day. I then treated each type of noxious odor with my vinegar solution on one side and SCOE 10x on the other. I poured it into the carpet — did not spray.
The results according to my nose, which was likely numb by now are as follows. First application: both vinegar and the SCOE 10x virtually eliminated the urine/feces solution odor. Skunk odor was still evident for both. I then applied more odor eliminating solution of each kind to the skunk oil several times over about an hour. I could still smell the skunk odor in the carpet for both vinegar and SCOE 10x. It was MAYBE slightly less pungent with the SCOE 10x. Of course the entire garage reeks and I’m nauseous.
Conclusion: The SCOE 10x is likely a good product, but it does caution that you use it in a ventilated area and gives you directions on what to do if you get it in your eyes. Also when I spray it, I can feel the chemicals in my lungs … if you know what I mean? Despite this, the company does say it’s perfectly safe to use around family and pets. Regardless, I think I’ll stick with the vinegar solution for safety and economy. I don’t know yet how SCOE 10x will affect the carpet over time, but obviously that will have to be another experiment because the current test piece will need to be quadruple bagged and thrown out. 😀