Pets are a source of companionship and joy for many of us. They’re also the source of two problems that affect the appearance and hygiene of your carpet, rugs, upholstery and even drapes. These are pet accidents (urine, feces and vomit) and body oils. Knowing how to deal with them can make living with your pets an even more positive experience.
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When dealing with pet urine spots, there is a difference between cleaning the urine soiling and treating for odor. Just cleaning existing urine spots MAY NOT remove any associated odor. In fact, this could INCREASE the odor in the air space for a temporary period of time.
Pet urine can cause permanent damage to your floors and fabrics. It can also create an unhealthy indoor environment. When urine is first deposited onto a floor or fabric, it is in an almost “neutral” state which means it is easier to remove when it is fresh. Once it dries, it turns “alkaline” and becomes more difficult to remove. The warm acid state of the urine offers a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which begin to flourish almost immediately. If left for days or weeks, depending on the fabric or floor type, it will permanently change the dye structure, therefore causing permanent staining. Even if the soluble deposits are removed, the damage to the dye structure may already be done.
90% of the time we can remove pet stains. But, once the darkened stain is removed you may find that the carpet is a lighter color in that area. This is caused by the acids in the urine. They can break down the dye in the carpet fiber and actually bleach the color from it. This is permanent damage that requires either re-dying or patching of the carpet.
Hot, humid weather is the time you are most likely to notice pet odors. That’s because this is when pet dander, pet hair and the residue from pet accidents begin to decompose. This bacteria growth and breakdown of the urine creates amino acids. These complex organic compounds work deep into the fibers to a point of becoming part of the fiber. The waste materials and gases from the decomposing urine create an unpleasant odor. When dried urine is re-moistened, it gives off an ammonia gas, generating a distinct odor that plagues even the cleanest of homes. If smelled once it is seldom forgotten.
How Professionals Remove Pet Odor
Dry Master Cleaning & Restoration performs a complete inspection of the contaminated areas to determine the level of contamination and the
treatment necessary to eliminate the stain and odor problem.
This treatment ranges from:
Some pets, especially dogs, secrete oils from their fur and paws. These oils can leave a dirt attracting film on your carpet and other furnishings where your pet frequently lays. Good grooming and frequent baths can keep this in check. Also, periodically launder your pets bedding and put a towel or some other cleanable item where they tend to lay a lot.