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I think we have the best vacuum cleaner, but I need to remove some urine stains. Steam cleaners are probably best, but I don't feel I can justify the expense. What cleaners under $500 will do the job? Online reviews are worthless. One site will rank a machine first, and another site will rank the same machine way down the list. I figure anyone here that has raised a puppy will have first hand experience.
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I own a rug doctor. I love it.

You can buy natures miracle carpet shampoo and run that through it.

The difference between the ones you rent and the one you buy is the color. Ours is blue. Works great
 

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For product reviews, I usually check Consumer Reports.
I also check customer reviews on sites like Amazon.

Nature's miracle works great, you can also use a mixture of white vinegar and water.

One thing to mention, if you use a cleaning product and decide at a later time to have your carpets professionally cleaned, some of the cleaning products you use will leave a spot on the area you've used it on.
 

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Urine off has more enzymes ppm then any other that I have found. Enzymes literally eat away the urine. Saturate the carpet 3 times wider than the strain is visible on the carpet. Wet down through the carpet pad. Cover with a wet towel to keep from being and let sit 6 hours. If it dries, the engines for of Anna it stops working. The longer it sure the better it works as you have to give it time to eat away the urine. Then uncover and let dry out THEN go over it with a steamer or shampooer.

This method of for ALL enzymatic cleaners and you should always use a good pet enzymatic cleaner or you'll just leave a scent they will pick up later on and just go again usually.
 

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We have a girl with spay incontinence so I'm constantly cleaning up spots on the carpet. A year or so ago we bought a Bissel "Little Green" spot cleaner (https://www.walmart.com/ip/BISSELL-Little-Green-Portable-Spot-and-Stain-Cleaner-1400M/35702152) and it has been a lifesaver for cleaning up spots as they happen. We do also own a large carpet machine (the kind that looks like a giant vacuum cleaner) and I dig that out a couple of times a year to do the whole carpet, but most of the time the Little Green does a fine job.
 

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I too always rely on Consumer Reports for my purchases like this! These ratings are from people who already own the carpet cleaners. Their top 2 models are shown below. Check them out, they both included pet friendly options...

Bissell ProHeat 2X Lift-Off Pet 15651 PRICE $277.68 - $351.54
Hoover PowerDash Pet FH50700 PRICE $99.99 - $146.99
 

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We had great results from Proin on my old dog with her incontinence issues she developed later on.
Thanks, but Proin has a lot of potential side effects so we're holding that as a last resort. We've been working with a holistic vet for years and Moxie is on an blend of Chinese herbs that keep her dry about 95% of the time. So far, I'd rather have to still deal with diapers, bed pads and clean up than to go the Proin route.
 

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Nature's miracle works great, you can also use a mixture of white vinegar and water.
Urine off has more enzymes ppm then any other that I have found. Enzymes literally eat away the urine. Saturate the carpet 3 times wider than the strain is visible on the carpet. Wet down through the carpet pad. Cover with a wet towel to keep from being and let sit 6 hours. If it dries, the engines for of Anna it stops working. The longer it sure the better it works as you have to give it time to eat away the urine. Then uncover and let dry out THEN go over it with a steamer or shampooer.

This method of for ALL enzymatic cleaners and you should always use a good pet enzymatic cleaner or you'll just leave a scent they will pick up later on and just go again usually.
No comment on the machines themselves, but as with Carolina Mom and Maggie's Voice, I think a good enzymatic product is an absolute must. Nature's Miracle makes, in addition to its regular enzyme products, a carpet shampoo that has those enzymes in it.

And if you shampoo your carpet without treating with enzymes first, all you'll do is permanently cement the urine into the carpet. Always use an enzyme product before shampooing, or use a shampoo with the enzymes in it.
 

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I think we have the best vacuum cleaner, but I need to remove some urine stains.

Steam cleaners are probably best, but I don't feel I can justify the expense. What cleaners under $500 will do the job?

Online reviews are worthless.

One site will rank a machine first, and another site will rank the same machine way down the list.

I figure anyone here that has raised a puppy will have first hand experience with steam cleaners.
You just need a machine capable of extraction to remove as much of the liquid as possible.

After this, the affected area can be treated with an enzyme cleaner preferably with only a little bit of oxy.
 
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