For Using DooDoo Voodoo
Carpet Cleaning Machine
(In addition to this
page, you might
also be interested in checking out our
page and our
Salvaging Pee-Soaked Subfloor page.)
The following instructions are
applicable whether you have a consumer upright (shown to the right), a
professional portable (see first picture below), a professional
self-contained unit (second photo below) or a "spotter" (a little
portable extractor such as the EDIC Bravo shown in the third photo below),
and whether your machine offers heat or not.
Many users simply apply their DooDoo Voodoo by pouring, wiping or spraying, then
they let it air dry and they're finished. Some of us, though, have urine
problems that are more widespread and that may benefit from a little extra work
with a carpet cleaning machine.
I Put DooDoo Voodoo In My Machine?
One option is to put DooDoo Voodoo Concentrate and water in your machine
in lieu of your regular cleaning solution. If you
desire to use our product in this way, we suggest that you add 1/2 ounce
or 1 ounce of DooDoo Voodoo per gallon of warm/hot water, though your needs may
vary based on your machine and your level of contamination. You can
either add the Concentrate to the supply tank of your machine (once you
verify your tank's capacity and do the math) or you can mix DooDoo Voodoo Concentrate
with water in a bucket, then pour the mixture into your supply tank.
Be sure to run clear water through your machine when finished, and allow
the machine to fully air dry.
(Our phenomenal EDIC
Galaxy2000SX extractor is shown to the upper left. We're
factory-authorized distributors of EDIC carpet cleaning equipment.
Learn more about the EDIC equipment we use and sell
Click on the thumbnail photos to see larger versions.)
If you have specific areas
that have been soiled, as verified by smelling them or using a
Blacklight, treat them first per our usual instructions.
Then you have two options: clean your entire carpet right away or
wait until the treated areas are odor-free and fully dry, then do your whole-room
cleaning. It's preferable to let the
spot-treated areas dry fully so as to get the maximum odor-killing
action, but I understand that some of you will be in a hurry to get your
The Foam To Protect Your Machine
Like many solutions used for carpet cleaning, DooDoo Voodoo's chemistry can yield some foam (suds), so you may
want to use less DooDoo Voodoo or add a little defoamer, which is a type of
product designed to cut down on suds in a carpet cleaning machine's recovery
tank so as to not damage the motor. Defoamer is either added
directly to the waste water (recovery) tank of the
carpet cleaning machine or you can suck some up with your machine. In
either event, the purpose is to cut down on suds in the recovery tank because excessive foaming can
damage the vacuum motor in your carpet cleaning machine. We're likely to
have our own defoamer for sale soon, but for now you can purchase defoamer online and
at stores where they
rent carpet cleaning equipment (ACE Hardware, Lowe's, Home Depot, etc.).
(Our EDIC FiveStar
self-contained carpet cleaning machine is shown to the above right.
Our EDIC Bravo portable extractor is shown below left. Learn more
about the EDIC equipment we use and sell
Tips On Applying DooDoo Voodoo
If you have a large area to
treat and desire to apply DooDoo Voodoo and let it dwell (stay on the carpet
for awhile before using your machine to extract it), we have found that an easy
and quick way to apply a large amount of DooDoo Voodoo is as
we'll explain in a moment. This is a perfect method for those of
you who want to thoroughly soak the carpet, pad and subfloor (such as
you would if doing subsurface extraction, which we talk about
Now, if you only have isolated spots where an animal has urinated, or if
you're concerned about protecting your subfloor, or if you're above the
ground floor and are concerned about seepage through the subfloor, this method may not be for you.
In addition, you also may not need to
soak the area quite as much as we do when we employ this method. In those
cases, we recommend simply using your DooDoo Voodoo spray bottle or
using a pump-up sprayer, not the method I'll explain next. We'll
leave it up to you to determine if the following
method is appropriate for your situation and environment. We assume no
We use a 5-gallon bucket & lid we
bought at a home improvement store, a 32-ounce plastic measuring cup (such as
you might have in your kitchen) and a gardener's sprinkling can (shown below
with our measuring cup).
We fill the bucket with hot water almost
to the top, then add DooDoo Voodoo Concentrate at a rate of up to two ounces per
gallon of water. In this example, we added 10 ounces of DooDoo Voodoo
Concentrate to our almost-full 5-gallon bucket 'cause we were dealing with
extreme pee in carpet, pad and subfloor, but you can likely use less
If you use this method, you'll find that if you
fill the bucket with water first, then add your DooDoo Voodoo Concentrate,
you'll get a lot less foaming than you would if you put your DooDoo Voodoo
Concentrate in the bucket first, then added the hot water.
Stir the mixture to evenly distribute the DooDoo Voodoo Concentrate.
Pour your bucket's contents in the
sprinkling can or dip the plastic measuring cup in
the 5-gallon bucket, then use the vessel to pour the DooDoo Voodoo on the areas of your
carpet that need spot treatment. Be sure to fully saturate the areas, then
tamp them down with your shoe 'til they squish and foam forms on the surface of
your carpet (more on this in a minute). By
pouring the DooDoo Voodoo in this way, you get a lot less aerosolization than
you would if you sprayed it...plus, it would take a LOT of spraying to fully wet
the carpet, pad and subfloor to the degree that pouring does. It's simply a lot quicker to pour the DooDoo
Voodoo on the affected areas. You can also pour directly from the 5-gallon
If you think the
pour-from-the-bucket-or-measuring-cup method is too aggressive for you,
you can also pretty easily, but not as extensively, soak an area by
spraying DooDoo Voodoo with a pump sprayer. We've used 1-gallon and
2.5-gallon units, with the 1-gallon units being lighter, but needing to be
refilled more often. Be sure to use a sprayer with
chemical-resistant Viton seals (o-rings), which are more sturdy and
impervious to chemicals. Here's a picture of two brands of 1-gallon pump
sprayers I've used, though this is not an endorsement of any particular
Our House...[Was] A Very, Very, Very
Here are two pictures of areas in our living room where we once had repeated urination by
our rescued housecats during the period when they were trying to decide who was
going to get to be the Alpha Cat.
The nose test and blacklight told us that they'd peed in these areas enough
times that we needed to get serious about attacking the odors and stains. These
two pictures were taken after I had
saturated the areas by pouring DooDoo Voodoo with my plastic measuring cup.
(Click on the thumbnail pictures to see larger versions.)
Do A Little Dance...Get
[Deep] Down Tonight
After you pour
enough DooDoo Voodoo to thoroughly soak the areas needing treatment, it's time to gently help
the DooDoo Voodoo spread out in the pad and subfloor by tamping it down with
your foot. This is necessary because carpet pad is a dense material
comprised of millions of tiny cells. By gently pushing your foot down all
over the areas where you poured DooDoo Voodoo, you're helping drive the DooDoo
Voodoo deep into the cellular structure of the carpet pad, as well as helping
force the DooDoo Voodoo down through the pad to the subfloor, which is where
long-term odor-causing urine lingers.
I either wear
synthetic tennis shoes for this tamping or I put on blue, disposable
Here's a wide shot of the same two
areas shown above after I tamped them with my sneaker. Lying on the back
of the couch and supervising my work is Georgette, one of the two guilty
parties. The red machine is a commercial-grade portable carpet "spotter" extractor I used
before I fell in love with
EDIC equipment, which we own a
bunch of and are now distributors for:
Once you've tamped the areas
down with your foot, let the DooDoo Voodoo dwell (remain) on the areas for up to
a half hour before extracting the areas with your carpet cleaning
machine. When you do your extraction, it is a good practice to extract the
areas at least a couple times in alternating directions, which more thoroughly
cleans the fibers. For instance, first extract
parallel to the wall, then extract perpendicular to the wall, then do a final
extraction parallel to the wall again. Here's a picture I shot while I was
doing my second pass with the 4" extraction wand. You can see that my
first pass was parallel to the wall, and that my second pass is perpendicular to
After you do your
final extraction pass, spray the areas with enough DooDoo Voodoo to pretty
thoroughly wet the areas you just cleaned. Here's a picture after I did my
final extraction pass (which you can see was parallel to the wall) and sprayed
the areas (including the walls up to about 18") with DooDoo Voodoo:
While I was in the
process of putting this webpage together, I walked to the living room to see how
the areas were drying and there was no urine odor present at all...just a really
faint scent of DooDoo Voodoo.
Dry As A
The surface of your
carpet will dry first, then it can take 2-4 days for the pad and subfloor to
completely dry, after which time you shouldn't have any odor left. If you
do, one of four things has occurred. 1. Your pad & subfloor haven't fully dried.
2. The DooDoo Voodoo you
poured didn't get to all the areas where the urine was. 3. You didn't use a
strong enough mixture. 4. You may
not have tamped the areas down enough with your foot to drive the DooDoo Voodoo deep enough into the
cells of your carpet pad and through to your subfloor to get to all the urine or
other organic material. As we've noted
elsewhere on this site, based on the physics of odor remediation, what urine or
other organic material DooDoo Voodoo touches, it absolutely eradicates,
so make sure you get DooDoo Voodoo in contact with everything that's
causing odors and stains.
If you flood the
area in this way and you have light-colored carpet like we do, you may notice
some yellowing of the carpet over the next week or two. This isnít DooDoo Voodoo
discoloring your carpet; itís wicking (surfacing from below) of the organic
was deep down in your carpet pad or, more likely, subflooring. If this occurs,
you can treat the surface of your carpet with DooDoo Voodoo, then re-extract the
area with your carpet cleaning machine, which is what we did a couple weeks
after the pictures were shot. There was no odor left in the
area; just a bit of yellowing due to wicking from our subfloor. The other
option is to do a subsurface extraction with a Water Claw, which is like running
your carpet, pad and subfloor through a washing machine. Learn more
After you've finished with your carpet cleaning machine, be sure to flush it out with clean
water per the manufacturer's instructions. This is very important.
Leaving solution and residue in contact with the seals inside a machine can dry them out and
cause them to fail. Rinse thoroughly and let air-dry. Wipe
everything down and remove all fibers, hair, fur and residue you see.
1. Leaving an
area dark and moist for too long can encourage mold growth, so use plenty of
ventilation and light. Air movers, box fans, open windows, exhaust fans, HVAC and
ceiling fans are helpful in this regard. Use good judgment and common
sense, as our company assumes no liability. If you're concerned about this
issue, you might be best served to, instead of doing the job yourself, find a
local carpet cleaning company that uses the Water Claw.
It is designed to remove over 90% of moisture from carpet, pad and subfloor,
thus leaving areas a lot drier after cleaning. The manufacturer of the
Water Claw has a webpage where you can look up carpet cleaning equipment & supply
(wholesale only) distributors in your area. By contacting the one closest
to you, you stand a good chance of their being able to refer you to a carpet
cleaning company that is equipped with the Water Claw.
We use multiple Water Claws and have found them to work INCREDIBLY well with DooDoo Voodoo.
A Water Claw gets out WAY more contaminants than a conventional "wand-type"
cleaning ever will. If your urine problems are more than you can handle by
yourself, we highly recommend that you locate a cleaner who uses Water Claws.
You'll be amazed at the results attained as compared to what a regular carpet
cleaning would yield. You can a distributor on their website
Here are two pictures of what a Water Claw can remove from carpet, pad and
subfloor...and the carpet this came out of wasn't even that dirty to the naked
eye. And it was only 34 square feet of carpet!
2. If you desire
to, you can agitate the areas by hand once you've applied the DooDoo
Voodoo. We use (softer than normal) plastic scrub brushes and
horsehair brushes that are designed specifically for carpet cleaners.
If you don't have these or want to spend the money on them, you can also
use a basic plastic scrub brush such as is shown below, but be careful
not to damage your carpet fibers. These brushes are typically
pretty stiff, so be careful.
manufacturers of consumer-grade carpet cleaning machines are now putting
out disclaimers urging people not to use any other brand of cleaning
solution but the manufactures' due to the possibility of damage to the
carpet cleaning machines. We think that the potential for damage to
a machine would be lessened if you only used the machine to extract DooDoo
Voodoo you applied manually (by pouring or spraying) versus using the machine's
solution tank to squirt DooDoo Voodoo into your carpet. All machines
have rubber seals to keep the solutions and waste water (extracted liquid) from
leaking, so we assume that the manufacturers are concerned about other
solutions drying out the rubber seals and causing them to fail. We
have no way of knowing whether this is a legitimate concern or whether the
manufacturers are simply trying to increase sales of their own brands of
cleaning solutions, so we leave it up to you to decide whether DooDoo
Voodoo and your carpet cleaning machine will work well together. We
have used DooDoo Voodoo with our Hoover FloorMate hard-surface cleaning
machine and our professional machines for years and haven't had any problems, but you
can decide for yourself.
own both professional and consumer carpet extractors, including "spotters"
(lightweight portables such as the Bravo and red units shown above). We have a
couple spotters that are sold to the janitorial and hotel industry for use
by housekeepers, but we find them to be virtually useless, as they don't
develop enough suction. The EDICBravo and red unit shown above do
provide enough suction to do a decent job. Don't waste
your money on other less powerful units. Click to learn more about
EDIC Bravo and the other
we distribute and use ourselves.
5. As the
user of DooDoo Voodoo, you assume liability, including but not limited to damage
to carpet cleaning machinery, personnel and personal property. We are not there to
supervise your job or inspect your machinery, so we assume no liability
for direct or consequential damages. You as the user determine suitability
of DooDoo Voodoo and methods described for
any particular application.