Pet urine can not only cause permanent damage to your floors and fabrics but, if not properly dealt with, it can also create an unhealthy indoor environment. Pet urine acts asan acid, or bleach. However, when it dries, it turns “alkaline”, which is the same ionic salt you find in a battery. This makes the stain more difficult to remove. The warm and wet acid state of urine is the perfect breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria. Many of our clients notice a yellow or brown stain once the urine has dried. This is because the urine begins to oxidize and react with the carpet fibers and backing to create a color change. In many cases the damage can become permanent if the urine is not properly removed.
What’s That Smell?
Odor from urine comes from two sources. The first odor comes from bacteria. Urine is a breeding ground for bacteria and once they have made it their home, they reproduce rapidly. This bacterial growth and breakdown of the urine creates amino acids. The amino acids will become lodged in the carpet fibers to the point where they actually become part of the fiber. The bacterial waste materials and gases from the decaying urine create an unpleasant odor.
The second source of odor is chemical odor that is present even when the bacteria have been killed. The salts that are left behind as the urine dries are hydrophilic and draw water to them. You must totally eliminate the urine salts in order to get rid of the odor. That’s why just using soap and water on existing urine spots WILL NOT remove any urine odor. In fact, bacteria thrives on heat and moisture and it would most likely increase, rather than eliminate, the odor.
Is It Permanent?
Now that we understand more about urine and the odor that comes with it, we can focus on how to remove it professionally. We at SunGlow apply a specially designed topical enzymeto the stains and let the solution sit for some time to break down and eat up the bacteria that is lodged in the urine deposits. After that, we would flush the urine and product out with our powerful truck-mounted cleaning machine and then follow up with our professional hot water extraction method.
We guarantee that the odor and bacteria will be removed but as mentioned before, the actual urine stain might have bleached the carpet. This would leave us with two possible treatment options.
Option one: We would apply a specialty product after the stain has been cleaned. This product removes many stains, depending on the makeup of the carpet, within a twenty-four hour period. The newer the carpet and the more recent the stain is, the better the chance of the stain disappearing.
Option two: If the stain is permanent we may have to re-dye the carpet in order to match the original color.
When scheduling your appointment, be sure to inform us of any special problem areas that you would like treated.