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We have nearly no money. We just bought a house. We have a 5.5 month old baby who is scooting and almost crawling. Our house has carpet. The carpet was drenched in dog piss by the previous owners' dogs. It absolutely reeks. It is so disgusting that I can barely stand to be here. Under the carpet pad is rolled vinyl flooring, so the subfloor is probably mostly okay, except around the edges.<br><br>
We don't have the money to replace it. I KNOW it's thoroughly in the pad, too. Can I soak the whole floor thoroughly with Nature's Miracle (enzyme cleaner) to make it smell better?<br><br>
Should I suck it up and hire a carpet cleaning service, then keep Jett off the floor for a while? Would that even get it clean?<br><br>
Do I have to just put new flooring on my credit card to save my sanity?<br><br>
Any advice is truly appreciated. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Oh lord, I have been there. Not with a baby, though, which puts you in a special situation. The enzyme remedies are not going to work on a large amount of carpet. If it were me, I would do something about getting new flooring. A lot of new flooring places in our area are offering financing deals. Could you do that?<br><br>
We tried many enzyme products on our carpet, including Nature's Miracle. That stuff does not work unless you do it many times and it smells horrible the whole time it is drying. It is ok for small accidents that you catch asap. I tried dousing a large, old smelly stain and just made a horrible smell that was so bad all we could do was tear the carpet out and toss it in the garage. We lived with a zillion carpet tacks from the last 80 years on the floor for two weeks while we figured out what to do about replacing it. It cost more money than we wanted to, but we also invested in a Hoover carpet steamer and we have had no smell problems since. It was worth it, as far as I was concerned. If I had a baby, I would do it in a minute.<br><br>
By the way, if you just bought the house, could you get the former owners to help pay for this since it is their mess?
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> That sucks! I hope whatever you chose to do works.
 

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Pull up the carpet ASAP. You will be happier with just the vinyl flooring underneath. It can't be worse than what you have.<br><br>
If you feel the need for carpet, you can pick up those 5x8 rolls at a local home store for about $15 each. Stick them down with double-stick carpet tape and you have an easy to vacuum surface that it cheap and temporary.<br><br>
A couple of dump trips to get rid of the carpet, some tape, and 5 or 6 rugs will be about $120. You could easily spend that on cleaning or Nature's miracle.
 

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Yes, this is big - literally & figuratively. It sounds like you are not going to be comfortable until you get rid of the carpet. I'd pull it up and see if you can live w/the floor underneath. It might be OK for now, certainly better than the carpet. I'd check out the financing for flooring suggestion too.
 

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It's funny, I really really hate carpet. But, I'm even less fond of the alternatives in my price range. We've always had wood floors, but just can't swing that right now.<br><br>
I am thinking about pine boards, plain. Then just varnish them. It would work for a few years, I would think.
 

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My MIL put down pine floor boards at her place a few years ago. It looks good and has worn well. Mind you, her youngest is 21 and no longer bangs things on the floor. She did her kitchen and dining area, then covered it with a good floor paint/sealer.<br><br>
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