Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County)

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Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I would suggest trying ozone treatment.  However, it is possible that the smell still comes from the carpet.  When it was professionally cleaned, was it pet treated as well?

Oct 16, 2019 10:01 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Sounds like the smell has gotten "into" the surroundings. If the obvious, cleaning & airing it out, doesn't work I would start thinking about priming & painting & removing anything porous that is in there. You'll be smelling like fresh baked Oatmeal Cookies in no time!

Oct 16, 2019 09:51 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Trash the carpet and seal the flooring before installing new carpet.

Oct 16, 2019 10:31 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

You might need to replace carpeting... and make sure that the subfloor has not been damage. Ozone treatment can help if you're certain it's not in the carpet.

Oct 16, 2019 10:54 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Likely not a home or do-it-yourself remedy, time to contact professionals. 

Oct 16, 2019 10:17 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I agree with others, urine must have soaked through to sub floor. Trash the carpets, then seal wood floor before installing the new carpets.

Oct 16, 2019 10:42 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Remove the carpet work on subfloor contaminated area. Clean with hot water. Dry  aprinke baking powder and lemon cleaner. The dog smell was there, is still detectable and will  be smelled in a hot day with windows closed. People have demand to replace the laminate floor due to dog urine.

Oct 16, 2019 10:00 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Do you have COIT in your area? They are so affordable and do an amazing job, Mike.

If it's just dog odor and not dog urine odor, you may be able just to use an ionizer. But, for your time, COIT would be worth it either way!

Oct 16, 2019 01:30 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

I don't believe any cleaning will help. 

A big job - remove, clean ( see answers above) and put new flooring. 


Oct 16, 2019 12:29 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Dog smell or urine smell Mike Frazier , BIG difference! If it's urine its under the carpet and the carpet padding, and maybe even the subfloor will need to be replaced to truly get rid of the smell. If it's dog smell then a through washing of the walls is in order. I have purchased several products that are either stand alone or work with carpet cleaners to get rid of pet smells (which they do) but nothing gets rid of urine without removing the items mentioned above.

Oct 16, 2019 11:02 AM
Dario Ferreira
Attleboro, MA
Internet Marketing & SEO

The smell origin is probably from the carpet padding - it's like a sponge.

Oct 16, 2019 10:49 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Under the carpet and under the laminate, you may need to remove both of these.  Cleaning the carpet does nothing when the urine is below the carpet.

Oct 16, 2019 07:01 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

You have some great suggestions here.  I would remove the carpets and the pad - treat the subfloor and isolate other sources where the smell may be coming from, like window coverings, etc. and remove them. 

Oct 16, 2019 02:11 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

A de-ionizer should do the trick ... or just replace the padding and carpeting

Oct 16, 2019 12:25 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

You can buy an ozonator on amazon.  They work great for odors in just a few days.

Oct 16, 2019 11:17 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Is the smell emanating from the window coverings? If so, replace them.

Oct 16, 2019 10:37 AM
Brian DeYoung
also affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Heritage Realty - Ithaca, NY
The Realtor with personal investment background

find an enzyme cleaner. unsure whch room you smell the dog less in.

get carpets cleaned.

enzyme cleaner the laminate.


Oct 16, 2019 10:37 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Remove the flooring, disinfect, install new flooring. :(

Oct 16, 2019 10:24 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

The flooring may need to be replaced as urine will staurate and find it's lowest point in the padding of the carpet or underneath the laminate material.

Oct 16, 2019 06:33 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Time for an expert opinion.

Oct 16, 2019 03:37 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I assume the laminate has been cleaned.  Getting the AC unit cleaned as well as the registers will usually help.  If you have to paint, use something like Bin Zinzer on the walls first.

Oct 16, 2019 02:02 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Everything the dog sits on needs to be washed or cleaned. Actually, the biggest help is that the dog needs a bath once a week!

Washing everything should be a big help. There are ozone machines you can borrow from other agents or rent.

Oct 16, 2019 01:41 PM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

replace the smell with a more powerful odor,  

Oct 16, 2019 12:43 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

There are two sources of 'dog smell' that you must be aware.

Source 1: Various excrements. Cleaning and sanitizing everything within the 'doggie hike'  zone (it could involve replacement if saturation and drying has occurred) should eleminate the excrement smell.

Source 2: Parafin, a natural product of dog fur that will be rubbed onto any surface a dog has access. Becuase this is a waxy water repelling substance, more elbow effort may be required. But the zone to clean is the lower half of the room(s) and there is no SATURATION consideration. This can air out, but I suggest a wipe down and encapsulating with a good paint job.

Doggie smell is one of the easiest to resolve.

The good news is the smell is NOT cat or nicotine.

Oct 16, 2019 10:34 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

Dog smell in carpet will always be there...spray the carpets down with cat urine deodorizer...

Keep the A/C turned on to keep it cool.



Oct 16, 2019 10:21 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I agree with getting rid of the pad and carpet. In the past, I've used an ozone generator.

Oct 17, 2019 06:02 AM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

Unfortunately the urine goes through the carpet onto the sub floor.  In most cases the carpet is removed and a blocker is done to the sub floors. 

The walls may have to have a blocker as well since a dog may hike and spray.

I have seen this personally in many foreclosures and rent property. It may be in the duct work and vents.  I have seen vents rusted from this and also the trunk line if it is metal.

Oct 17, 2019 05:37 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Have it professionally cleaned.  If that does not resolve the issue, replace.

Oct 17, 2019 05:33 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

The urine can get through the carpet, into the pad and into the floor. You may need to pull it. If there is urine in the laminate, it can get under that too. Just as well walls and ceilings may need to be painted

Oct 17, 2019 05:26 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

You might try ozonators. If that doesn't work, the Talking Head song, "Burnin' Down the House" comes to mind

Oct 17, 2019 04:32 AM
Derrick Guevremont
Counselor Realty of Rochester - Rochester, MN
Rochester MN Homes for Sale

Just had this problem on a listing this summer. Professionals came and cleaned the carpet twice. Two different companies. Homeowner and her friend tried doing it themselves twice with two different machines. Finally broke down and replaced all of the carpet and it sold in under a week. The old carpet wasn’t physically worn out, but the smell was down into the padding and floor. New carpet was installed over freshly chemically cleaned cement. Carpet company took payment at closing.

I could still smell the pet odor but not nearly so bad. Walls needed to be painted and furniture needed to be replaced for it to be fixed.

That pet odor cost the seller about $25,000 in sale price as well. Was very frustrating and hard to tell someone their house stinks. Good luck.

Oct 16, 2019 08:54 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

It needs to be fixed not covered up.  Sounds like dog urine in the floors. Definitely get a professional and then DISCLOSE it was remediated.

Oct 16, 2019 04:15 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


nothing to add, you have great answers here.

Oct 16, 2019 03:36 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

new flooring, new paint, new curtains, new blinds.  

Oct 16, 2019 02:31 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

get rid of the carpet and carpet padding.... seal the subfloor.... install new padding and carpet.... NO PETS!!!

Oct 16, 2019 01:38 PM
Steven Nickens
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

You might consider replacing the laminate.

Oct 16, 2019 12:05 PM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC


Oct 16, 2019 11:53 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Remove all padding. Then bleach the foors. You are dealing with bacteria

Oct 16, 2019 11:29 AM
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

You have received great suggestions.

Oct 17, 2019 07:47 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have heard the ozone machine will work.

Oct 27, 2019 09:27 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

New carpeting put down kills then new carpet.  Follow other suggestion on the laminate.


Oct 18, 2019 09:35 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

you have many great answers here.  Best of luck

Oct 17, 2019 07:45 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Consult with a professional.

Oct 17, 2019 04:47 PM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

I have been airing out the house for 3 days now and plan to remop the laminate floor with something like pinesol,. I also ordered a ozone machine and will set that in there for a while.

Oct 17, 2019 01:21 PM