Disinfecting carpets?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by tls_ranch, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. tls_ranch

    tls_ranch Stares at Chickens

    Has anyone used Accel Disinfectant, Trifecant disinfectant, Virkon or maybe even Oxine on soft surfaces like carpets? I need to disinfect my carpets and of course I can't use bleach [​IMG] I read this at sheltermedicine.com: "There are now disinfectants such as Trifecant and Accel that are reliable against panleukopenia and can even be used (with care) on carpeted surfaces" But, I don't want to damage our light tan colored carpet. [​IMG]

    I do have a carpet cleaner with heated water to use. Any suggestions?

  2. bgelber

    bgelber Songster

    Jul 24, 2009
    Athens, al
    when I use my carpet cleaner I had a bit of lysol in the brown bottle. Not sure what if that would work for what you need.
  3. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Songster

    May 21, 2008
    I have not used any of those, sorry but I have used this homemade recipe for years without issue

    1/4 cup lemon-scented ammonia
    1/4 cup white vinegar
    3 teaspoons ivory or 3 teaspoons any clear dish washing soap (non-moisturizer)
    hot water


    Stir together the first 3 ingredients into a large (gallon-plus sized) container.
    Add water; enough to equal one gallon.
    Follow steam-cleaner manufacturer's directions for operating instructions.
  4. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Songster

    May 21, 2008
    Did you call the vet and see if they had a recommendation? I imagine there has to be something, the only thing I could find was hard surface cleaning and throwing the carpets out. That is not feasible with a house full of carpet so there must be something..Ask about the ammonia and vinegar combination possible may be enough with HOT water.
  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    There are also a lot of different steam cleaners available now. People use them for bathroom fixtures and floors. Ask if steam will work.
  6. tls_ranch

    tls_ranch Stares at Chickens

    Steam will work if it's hot enough like over 240 f. I may buy a steam cleaner for home use.

    I also found a disinfectant called Accel and it's a hydrogen peroxide based system, but is ok for most surfaces and carpets. I read an abstract scientific report that says accel can even be used in carpet cleaners. It's suppost to be effective against parvo type viruses and many others. I'm going to order some to try. I am cleaning like crazy, but it's a little overwhelming. The kitten really didn't throw up or mess anywhere other than her litter box, but it's impossible to tell where the virus was spread by touch alone. Drapes, pillows, kid's toys, etc. And we could of spread it to just about every surface of the house. So, we won't be getting any kittens for a long while. It should be safe to bring in fully vaccinated cats with at least 2 or 3 doses of the vaccine.

    Thanks for all the support and advice [​IMG]

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