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    Pet Cleaning and Urine Removal After The Holidays

    Pet Cleaning and Urine Removal After The Holidays

    Pet urine can cause irreparable harm to your carpet. Pet stains can contribute to poor air quality and an unhealthy interior environment. Urine has a pH of roughly 5 or 6 when it is first deposited on a floor or fabric, which is on the acid side of the pH Scale. It is simpler to remove pet stains from carpet when they are new. When urine dries, it becomes “alkaline,” or has a high pH between 10 and 12 on the scale, it is more difficult to remove. The warm acidic nature of the urine provides an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, which thrive practically instantly. The pee begins to oxidize and react with the carpet in this initial acid stage, causing a color change that will become permanent if the urine is not cleaned soon. Some of the color change can be related to the strong ammonia that occurs as urine undergoes bacterial and chemical transformations. If left for days or weeks, depending on the fabric or floor type, the dye structure will alter, resulting in permanent stains. Even if the soluble deposits are removed, the dye structure may have already been damaged.

    Urine scents are caused by two different sources. The first comes from bacteria that thrive in dark, warm environments with a consistent food source. This bacterial growth and urine breakdown produces amino acids. These complex chemical molecules frequently penetrate the fibers to the point of becoming a part of the fiber. This provides a difficult dilemma. The waste components and gases produced by urine decomposition emit an unpleasant stench. When dry pee is remoistened, it emits ammonia gas.

    The second source of odor is chemical odor, which persists even after the germs have been eliminated. This explains why more than sanitizing is required to neutralize pee odors. When the relative humidity is high, urine produces additional odors. The salts and crystals left behind as urine dries are hydrophilic and attract water. In humid months, dried urine is often easy to smell because the salts attract moisture, and the moisture evaporates, releasing a higher amount of odorous ammonia gas. To eliminate the stench, you must remove the urine salts from within and beneath the carpet. As a result, washing existing pee spots WILL NOT REMOVE THE ODOR. In fact, it may intensify the stench in the air for a short length of time.

    Following a thorough inspection, our professionals will discuss potential cleaning solutions and costs that would best meet your needs. However, we understand that cost is a consideration in your decision, therefore we will gladly provide you with an estimate for less aggressive treatment. While a less effective treatment will be less effective, it will save a significant amount of money. Someone whose pets continue to mark the carpet, for example, may elect to employ a less expensive, less complicated way of cleaning stains and odors because they will need to repeat it soon. Our therapies are as follows:

    Very minimal damage/spotting: use our standard cleaning technique to enzyme treat and clean the carpet.

    Moderate damage/damage confined to a small area: Soak the carpet and pad in a solution to break up the deposits before doing a full extraction. Finally, clean the carpet using our usual cleaning method.
    Major damage/extensive contamination: cleaning both sides of the carpet, sealing the floor, and replacing the pad and tack strips will be required. See the complete description under Major Damage, further below.

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