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I have a friend that recently moved into an apartment and she said the landlord had cleaned the carpets before she moved in. But now she said that they smell like pickles, she's tried baking soda, air fresheners and fabreeze and nothing seems to work. Please help.:lgtear:

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I had a jar break in my car.. I don't think I will ever be able to eat a pickle again. I used Fabreeze heavy duty and it worked well. I have also heard vanilla extract mixed one tablespoon into a spray bottle works well for covering odors. Good luck.

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Vinegar is acidic... I would think you should neutralize based upon that, but I'm not certain. Let me do some searching and see what I can come up with to help you out.

Alan, are you reading this? I think Alan has carpet care expereince. Can you add to this?

Beth :groovy:

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The problem with febreeze and others is that they just cover up or mask the odor, they dont eliminate the odor. It's kind of like spraying perfume on a bag of garbage. Eventually the garbage will win the battle. You'll need an enzyme type deodorizer (the kind the pro's use) that eats the food source of the odor and eliminates it, not just covering it up. Stanley Steemer has a great product for this, I think it cost $12.00 for a bottle (give or take a few dollars) and they'll even drop it off for free.

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The problem could also be in the padding, depends on how much was spilt and how far down it soaked. If the enzyme deodorizer doesnt work it may need to be extracted, or the pad may need to be replaced.

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I did some searching and I have to wonder....

Pickles - the brine is vinegar. Vinegar is commonly used to remove pet urine and fecal odor. I have to wonder if the residual odor is due to removal of that kind of odor.

Potentially helpful links....

http://www.esdc.us/ESDC/garmentAlert.asp

http://antoine.frostburg.edu/chem/senese/101/acidbase/glossary.shtml

http://www.mobent.com/Odors.htm

Hope they help.

Beth

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Why does'nt she complain to the landlord and have him fix the problem? She should not have to spend here time and money to fix a problem that existed before she moved in. I would demand that the landlord fix the problem or move out. You can break a lease if the leaser is'nt living up to their end of contract.

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Vinegar is acidic... I would think you should neutralize based upon that, but I'm not certain. Let me do some searching and see what I can come up with to help you out.

Alan, are you reading this? I think Alan has carpet care experience. Can you add to this?
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