How to Remove Pet Stains & Odors From Carpet
Animal urine is a rather benign substance. When it leaves a healthy animal, it is sterile. In small amounts and low concentrations, the odor and appearance may be undetectable. Still, any pet urine deposit on carpet should be treated quickly and appropriately.
How to Clean Urine from Carpets
If you are lucky enough to catch the stain while it’s fresh, blot up as much of the urine or stain as possible with a towel, then pour a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar over the entire spot. Most of the time, the urine is already dry by the time it’s found, but light urine deposits can still be treated with the water and white vinegar method.
Finish the job by placing a folded white towel on the area. Set a weight, such as a heavy book, on the towel, and leave for at least 4 hours or overnight. The remaining moisture and residue will wick up into the towel.
If urine contamination has reached the point that is has penetrated the carpet and pad underneath, pet odor removal becomes more difficult. Heavy urine deposits are much more challenging to treat, and you will need the help of CLEAN Choice Cleaning & Restoration.
Why? Because urine undergoes a dramatic chemical change as it ages. The water in the urine evaporates and leaves behind concentrated organic compounds.
Bacteria begin to consume the urine and break down the proteins, sugars, and other organic substances. During the process of bacterial digestion, the bacteria secrete ammonia, and a strong, pungent odor becomes apparent. The urine turns from a mild acid to a strong alkali. This strong alkaline deposit attacks the dyes in some carpets. Over time, the dyes can be weakened or removed, causing permanent color loss.
In addition, the adhesives used in the carpet backing can be dissolved, and the carpet can literally fall apart. Permanent damage to wood or concrete sub-floors will also result from deep penetration of concentrated urine deposits, requiring additional expensive repairs. The most critical action to prevent permanent damage is to act quickly when you notice a spot.
CLEAN Choice is the leading expert in pet urine stain and odor removal in Maryland. We offer several options to clean and neutralize pet contamination. The decision of which methods and treatment intensity to use will depend on several factors, such as the amount of contamination present, the depth of penetration, the construction of the carpet, the fiber content, the installation method and sub-floor type, and the size of the affected area (or areas).
In most cases, pad injections are effective, but when the damage is too severe, the best option is to replace the carpet. In such situations, we can assist by sealing the sub-floor and adjacent materials with a specialized odor-block seal so that the new carpet does not inherit the old odor problem.
If you have a pet odor problem, the best action is to call CLEAN Choice for a professional assessment of the situation. We are experts at handling difficult odor problems and can use a UV light to inspect the areas to determine the right solution.
Choose CLEAN Choice for the Best Pet Urine Stain & Odor Removal Services
CLEAN Choice is able to remove pet urine and other pet accident stains and odors using our extensive knowledge of pet treatments and eco-friendly products that are safe to use around your pets. When pets are present in the home, we recommend having your carpets and area rugs professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months.
For difficult pet stains in your carpet, area rugs, and Oriental rugs, call CLEAN Choice today at 410-978-6050 or contact us online – we want to help keep your carpets and rugs clean while keeping your pets, kids, and the environment safe!