Pet Odor Control

Pet Odor & Odor Control:

rug-cleaning-03-lgPet accidents and pet urine not only create an unhealthy indoor environment, they also can cause permanent damage to your floors and fabrics. When urine stains first occur they have a ph of 5-6, which is on the acidic side of a ph scale where 7 is neutral. When fresh, the urine is easier to remove, though it quickly becomes a perfect, warm breeding ground for bacteria, which begins to flourish quite quickly. In its original acidic state, the urine begins to oxidize and react with the carpet and fabrics to create a color change, which can become permanent if the urine is not removed immediately. Over time as the urine dries, it turns to a high ph alkaline state of 10-12, and becomes very difficult to remove.

Some of that color change can be attributed to the abundance of ammonia that forms as the urine passes through bacterial and chemical changes. If left untreated, the dye change on many carpets and fabrics will cause permanent staining. At that point, even if the urine deposits are removed, the damage to the dye structure may already be done.

The odor associated with urine comes from the bacteria growth, breaking the urine down into amino acids. The waste materials and gases from the decomposing urine create an unpleasant odor, and when dried urine is remoistened, it gives off a familiar stench of ammonia gas.

The salts and crystals left behind as urine dries will draw moisture to them, which is why the smells are worse on moist, humid days. The salts get moist, which then evaporates putting out a greater proportion of odorous ammonia gases. To get rid of the odor, you must get rid of the urine salts under the carpet. That’s why simply cleaning the urine spot does not necessarily get rid of the odor, and may actually increase the odor temporarily with the increased moisture.

Enzymes Best For Treating Urine:

Enzymes are the best for cleaning urine, vomit and feces. An enzyme is the only cleaning agent that actually eats the bacteria, and must be applied thoroughly to reach the bacteria, including carpet backing, pad and sub-floor, if necessary. If the urine contamination is very extensive, the floor may have to be sealed to eliminate the odor. Carpet One Cleaning can take care of sealing the floor for you, if necessary.

Products to Avoid:

If treating a urine stain yourself, try to avoid any over-the-counter products with a high ph, such as ammonia based products, Resolve and oxygen bleaches. As with using these products to treat any type of spot, they will leave a residue that attracts soil quickly, and in some cases cause the urine stain to become permanent.