How does pet urine affect the carpet in the home?
Pet urine has a pH balance between 5 and 6. As the stain settles into the carpet, it quickly becomes alkaline salt. In the alkaline salt state, the pH balance can be anywhere between 10 and 12. The potency of the urine in the alkaline salt state is what causes significant damage to the flooring of the home. In time, the floors begin to warp and become permanently discolored.
Why doesn’t simple blotting work?
There are several factors that can impact how severe effect the carpet staining can have. An aging HVAC system that isn’t working hard can cause the odor to become prominent in the spring and fall months. During the summer months, low humidity produces a dehumidifier effect because of the air conditioning system. During the winter months, there is less humidity, the heating system contains humidity levels. The stain has to be treated on a deeper level far beneath the surface to produce the results that would eliminate odors year-round in all conditions.
How pet urine affects the carpet fibers
Pet urine affects the carpet fibers if it is not thoroughly removed moments after the accident occurs. Pet urine in the carpet oxidizes and creates a color change. If the stain remains for days, or even weeks, the dye structure of the carpet is permanently altered. The staining has permanently changed the very composition of the fibers in the carpeting. This could mean costly replacement for different areas of the home.
What causes the odor in pet urine?
Pet urine produces bacteria that grows in damp conditions. With access to a consistent food source, the bacteria can thrive. The gases can be released from the decomposing urine stains and produce an unpleasant odor. If that same area is affected again, the odor worsens. The next source of odor is caused by the chemicals present in the carpet. Neutralizing urine odors is challenging because killing the bacteria alone won’t produce the desired results.
Is it possible to make the carpet conditions worse?
Cleaning the urine spot alone doesn’t get rid of the odors. This is because the urine salts in the carpet are still present long after the visible moisture is removed. Cleaning can actually increase the odor for a period of time. The odor can emanate whenever there is traction against the carpet.
What is the most effective way to remove pet urine?
The minor damage to the carpet can be treated effectively with professional grade services. Technicians determine the extent of damage to the carpet. They then identify the best course of treatment based off of the severity of the damage to the carpet.
Determining the proper level of treatment
1. Minor damage: Treated with enzyme during a deep clean process
2. Moderate damage: Treated with soaking. A pad is used to break up deposits and extract them gently from the carpet fibers.
3. Major damage: Dual side carpet cleaning is required. The carpet is then replaced with sealing and fastened to the tack strips.
Pet urine & stain removal restores carpeting to a renewed state. Homeowners can save time and effort by treating the stains immediately as they occur. If the stains aren’t allowed to really settle in, the extent of long term damage to the carpeting is limited. Contact us today for a quote to protect your investment. In the meantime, avoid using solutions like Resolve, ammonia products and bleaches when treating the stains.