In 2007, we rescued a little
terrier mix named Rocky who turned out to have some pretty serious health
issues (eyes, heart, brain and more). His latest challenge is kidney disease, which is what's been
contributing to house-soiling behavior lately. We clean up as we go
(or as he does, actually), but recently I felt it was time to do a thorough
cleaning of the carpet in one of the bedrooms where he spends some of his
I fired up one of our professional, portable carpet extractors (the EDIC
Bravo, shown below), which is known in the carpet
cleaning industry as a "spotter," meaning that it's not made for cleaning
entire rooms...just spots or upholstery. The unit uses a 3" wand and
only provides suction, not the agitation some consumer-grade carpet cleaning
machines provide with their rotary bristles. (Agitation gets out a lot
more than suction alone does.)
While our machine is pretty powerful, it's a small little thing that's meant
to be carried from room to room, so it doesn't have nearly the oomph that a
larger portable extractor or a truck-mount machine would have. Still, the results I achieved
in our spare bedroom with less than two gallons of RTU DooDoo Voodoo and a
couple hours' time were fantastic.
In addition to the little portable extractor shown above, I also used two of our
subsurface extraction devices, which are
designed to much more thoroughly flush contamination out of your carpet,
backing, pad and subfloor than a conventional carpet cleaning could ever do.
([NOTE: Just so you're not confused by
the subsurface tools shown in the photos below, let me explain that they're a
professional brand that we own a number of and used for years, but they pre-date our having been appointed a distributor
of the SOS subsurface extraction tools, which we now use and sell and which
function identically to the professional tools shown in the photos, but cost up to
hundreds less. We are proud to be an SOS distributor and highly
recommend their subsurface tools, which are the only ones we now use.)
The SOS subsurface
extraction tools start at only $47.99
shipping, which is unbelievably affordable given the awesome job they do at
eradicating stains and odors from your carpet, backing, pad and subfloor!
Here are the two SOS subsurface extractors
I now use --- and you can, too:
I'll tell you the process I went through
and show you some photos in a moment, but first I want to mention two
One interesting thing to note was that when
I assessed the area, both under normal light and blacklight, I saw no poop
stains. But once I flooded the area with DooDoo Voodoo and began using
the subsurface tools...BAM!...here came a terrible brown stain, emanating up from
the backing, pad and subfloor. It was amazing! I kept subsurface
extracting the area and applying more DooDoo Voodoo, but the stain kept
coming...and actually grew to be inches across in both directions. But
the DooDoo Voodoo neutralized the stain and the subsurface tools successfully
pulled all the organic contamination out. How do I know this?
Because I never saw any more stain...and even now that months have passed,
no further stain has wicked up to the surface. (The photo that shows
the poop stain was taken immediately when the stain began to appear.
Imagine my horror...especially when it kept growing and growing and getting
darker and darker. But I ultimately triumphed, as I knew I would.)
I first did spot cleanup and subsurface extraction, then went over the whole room with one of our
self-contained professional carpet cleaning machines (the blue EDIC Fivestar,
shown in the last photo). The recovery (waste) water I was flushing down the toilet
after doing the subsurface extraction was really, really yucky, but it
didn't stink at all, thanks to DooDoo Voodoo. But then, after I began
cleaning the whole room with the EDIC Fivestar shown in the
last photo, BOY did I pull a lot of junk out of the carpet. You'd be
amazed how dirty your seemingly clean carpet may actually be.
Let's Get Down To Work
Here's the process I went through to
eradicate all the dog urine, vomit and feces from the bedroom carpet:
I assessed the carpet with a DooDoo
Voodoo Blacklight, which you can learn more and
I applied DooDoo Voodoo by bucket to the
areas most affected. This may seem extreme, but I knew I needed the
areas totally saturated so the DooDoo Voodoo could come in contact with all
the organic contamination and so the subsurface tools would work properly.
You have to be careful if you're going to flood an area, as you want it
saturated, but not so much that you've got standing water.
I put on my blue disposable shoe covers
and tamped down the areas I'd flooded with DooDoo Voodoo. When you do
this, you want to hear the squishing sound, which means that DooDoo Voodoo
is being drawn into the cells of your carpet pad, and to see the foaming
such as what you see in the photos.
I let the DooDoo Voodoo dwell for about a
half hour so I could be sure that it was re-liquifying all the organic
I then used the professional subsurface
tools, one of which
is a hands-&-knees device and one of which you stand on, to thoroughly flush
the DooDoo Voodoo out of the carpet. We now use and sell the
Next, I flooded the same areas with
clean, warm water and went over them with the subsurface tools again. The
clean water is shown in the green bucket on the right; the remaining DooDoo
Voodoo I mixed up is in the bucket on the left.
I then used the
upholstery tool (which we call the Claw Tool) shown in the photos to go back over the
areas. This gets rid of the subsurface tools' surface waffling, which is from
the sculpted bottom surface, and extracts even more
moisture from the carpet. Once finished, I dumped the extracted yucky
water down the toilet, then stuck the orange upholstery tool down in a
bucket of clean, warm water and sucked it through the extractor to flush everything
out. I then dumped the extractor's recovery tank contents down the toilet and let
the extractor air dry. I also rinsed out the subsurface tools in our mop
After this, I cleaned the whole room with
the EDIC Fivestar, which uses bristle agitation to really give a deep
cleaning action. The last photo below was taken before I used the
Fivestar for whole-room cleaning.
Last (but not photographed), I used one
of our carpet
rakes to groom the carpet and make the fibers stand straight
up. This allows them to dry in a neutral, vertical position and helps
the carpet dry both better and faster. It also provides a nice
finished appearance to the carpet fibers after cleaning.
The green bucket shown holds 3 gallons up
to the level shown in the first photo. But as you might be able to see
in a couple of the pictures, I didn't even use all 3 gallons to do this job,
which included not only the two areas circled in red, but also another 9
square foot area in front of the door to the bedroom. This was an
amazingly successful job that only required part of a quart of DooDoo Voodoo
Concentrate to make a couple gallons of RTU. Very affordable!
We hope you'll be impressed by
these photos and will purchase some DooDoo Voodoo for yourself today.
Remember: your purchase helps provide lifelong care for the
special-needs animals in our rescue facility, along with all our other
animal-related charity activities.
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Note: Since your stains and
environment are totally beyond our control,
no guarantee is offered or should
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