Category Archives: Cleaning up pet stains

It all makes sense … ultimately

OK! After attacking all the bad smelling stains in my studio I have reassembled it and moved back in. It’s a much more pleasant space to work in now.

In order to avoid actually working on music, I spent a week experimenting with overclocking my PC. I can’t afford new computers right now. Cats are too expensive.

I got my home built PC with a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Quad CPU overclocked and running stably at 3.2 GHz. That’s like buying a newer computer for free.

The next step is for me to clean up this site. The design that I thought was so nice 5 years ago is badly out of date now, and needs to be streamlined. But maybe even more important than that, I want to at least make sure that the sample tracks on other pages at least play correctly.

It’s all on the schedule to be done before I die! Stay tuned…


“My Pet Peed!” pet stain remover experiences…(and Rocco & Roxie)

[Update Jun 2017] “My Pet Peed” actually worked so well that for years I had no need to buy refills! The cleanup was so thorough that the boys and girls NEVER inappropriately urinated, and I only needed it to clean up a (very rare) accidental or hairball mess.

I kept reading good reviews about Rocco and Roxie’s solution, so I decided to buy a small (1 qt) spray bottle of it to clean up a couple recent accidents. In a nutshell I like its convenience and effectiveness but don’t know how well it would work on large fresh urine or feces stains.

My few uses of it yield the following observations:

  • When first applied it has a very strong smell. It’s sort of “chemically/incensy”. I wouldn’t stick my nose right into it and take a deep whiff. HOWEVER, once applied correctly the smell goes away in a day or so and what’s left is extremely light, almost undetectable.
  • It works VERY WELL on OLD urine stains.
  • I REALLY LIKE THE CONVENIENCE. You spray directly on the stain (I rub it into the carpet a bit to get the chemical down deep). I put an old small clean cloth on it while it dries, and take the cloth up in a couple days. (I notice that the cloth picks up a urine smell sometimes which I regard as indicating the solution is working well.)
  • No rinsing is needed (per the instructions)

Overall I definitely will keep using R&R, but read the following anyway, since MPP is a better solution if you can’t stand the smell of R&R.

[Original Post from 2015 follows] You may wonder: why a page on removing cat urine from carpet on a music site? Well, it’s because my studio finally became unusable due to the noxious buildup of urine from several cats. I tried half-heartedly to clean it up but in the warm weather last month I finally got fed up.

(Note the following is strictly my experience and I do not wish to misrepresent My Pet Peed’s product or company. They are very friendly and professional to deal with. If I have made mistakes below and they correct me I will fix this page as practicable!)

As you’ll read below, after much research I decided to try “My Pet Peed”. The name obviously wasn’t what clinched it!

The quick summary of what I learned was:

  1. Regular cleaning solutions do not work on pet urine stains in wall to wall carpet. They mask/appear to work for a while but the smell comes back, always as bad and sometimes worse that before. I have seen where this could take a week or two. I can envision someone hiring a professional carpet cleaner, thinking they had the problem solved, but when the smell came back blaming the animals for staining in the previous places. That wouldn’t necessarily be the case.
  2. You need a special cleaner that attacks the complex chemistry of animal urine. There’s a good website that explains that in detail.
  3. The upshot is: most people recommend the so-called “enzyme” type cleaners. Whatever the formula is, it’s understandably not published since after all it is the company’s intellectual property. I only tried two, and they worked only on the lightest stains.
  4. Heavy stains may need multiple treatments as is explained in the video and information on My Pet Peed’s site. Long established odors may actually embed into carpet in layers that have to be dissolved over several treatments.
  5. My Pet Peed’s formula is also secret, but from the way it foams up on stained areas it looks exactly like the way Hydrogen peroxide foams up on blood. It may be some kind of oxidizing agent but it’s not H2O2 since it doesn’t seem to bleach and it leaves almost no smell. The clincher also is that it has NO FRAGRANCES ADDED (!!) and none if its own. (It also leaves almost no residue but I am considering running a carpet shampooer over it with water only since it seems logical that there must be some kind of residue left after treating extremely stained areas.)
  6. I’ve used two different UV lights to try to find the worst stains. It may be the lights I have but they show the floor covered with stains, some of which have no smell at all. So unfortunately I actually needed to get on my hands and knees to really identify the extent of the stains. I show a photo that makes the carpet look like a complete loss but in this photo only one area had an odor.
  7. My Pet Peed knocked out 90% of the stains the other cleaners struggled and / or failed on. There was one spot that was much worse than others (I have a theory that the urine soaked under something heavy that was on the floor there. It took direct application…actually tking the lid off the spray bottle wetting the area with the solution several times to finally get rid of the problem.

The final analysis is that this stuff works; I have used it as well on fresh hairball, animal diarrhea and cat vomit and it cleans it up like a whistle.

2015 03 03 Update 2

I finally got the shipment and went to my last problem area. In order to find the extent I had to treat, I used a measuring cup with a lip and poured a thin stream on the carpet along parallel 2 foot long lines. The MPP solution foamed up where the problem was as you can see in the photo below. I then took a simple bathroom scrub brush (also shown) and “mashed” the solution down into the carpet, without scrubbing back and forth. My logic was to try to get the solution as deeply into the carpet and pad as possible.

The simple scrub brush I used, with relatively stiff polyester bristles

The simple scrub brush I used, with relatively stiff polyester bristles

I ran four parallel 2 foot streams of MPP; this shows the area that is reacting

I ran four parallel 2 foot lines of MPP; this shows the area that is reacting

Here's what I see under UV: only the area in the top center smells even though the carpet looks like a disaster

Here’s the same areas as above under UV light: only the area in the top center has an odor even though the carpet looks like a disaster

2015 03 03 Update 1

I actually ordered an entire gallon of MPP from the manufacturer. It took quite a bit of treatment but now I’m down to one spot on the carpet that still has a acidic/ammonia smell, but it’s improving. Oddly, this was a place that had a metal power extension box sitting directly on the carpet. I have a completely unscientific theory that the cat urine reacted with the metal and caused some kind of horrible combination that is proving difficult to remove.

I still recommend MPP 100%. The areas I’ve already treated smell brand new, but with absolutely zero scents or fragrance.

I had a couple fresh “accidents” (hairballs) to clean up in the past few weeks, MPP worked perfectly on both; one on concrete and one on carpet.

2015 02 20 Original post

Quick comments…I had to clean up a large carpeted room with old cat urine stains that were badly set and smelled terrible. Regular cleaners either did nothing or appeared to work for a while until they dried up…then the smell returned sometimes worse than ever.

I have used many cleaners including the supposed high power enzyme cleaners for animal urine and poop stains, but this works totally different than they do and appears very promising…more details when I get time to add them. But before I go I have to point out that the fluffy white stuff is foam like you see when you mix baking soda and vinegar, but in this case it’s the MPP solution when poured directly on the stain (rather than using the spray bottle as is recommended for normal stains.)