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Pet Urine and Odor Removal

Pet urine can cause permanent damage to your floors and fabrics. When urine gets into the carpet or fabric it is acidic in nature. It is easier to remove right away because it matches the acidic nature of carpet. Once it dries it turns to alkaline on the pH scale and becomes much harder to remove. The urine begins to react with the carpet to create a  color change, which can become permanent if not removed quickly. If left for days or weeks it will begin to change the dye structure, causing permanent staining. Unfortunately even if all of the soluble parts are removed by cleaning the damage to the dye structure may have already been done.

Pet odor can be complex as well. First bacteria begins to grow and feed off the urine in this dark warm place.  This often attracts further soiling on the wet, sticky spot and begins to leave an odor behind. Also the organic waste materials from the decomposing urine often create an unpleasant odor. To further complicate the situation, when the carpet is cleaned, the urine is remoistened and it gives off a strong ammonia gas.  This happens because the urine salts under the carpet mix with the moisture used in cleaning.

Therefore having a professional cleaning may get rid of the stain (if it hasn’t set into the fibers yet) and may lessen the odor if enough of the salt crystals are removed. Also we have already noted, the odor will usually increase for a temporary amount of time before an applied deodorizer will work to neutralize it. This is what makes odor removal so challenging and usually cannot be guaranteed because of all the difficulties and variables.

The one way to guarantee the removal of odor can be quite extensive. Remember the alkaline salt deposits need to be professionally removed and they often reside in the carpet backing, carpet pad and even in the sub-floor.

The following is a list of steps Fusion Cleaning can do depending on the severity of the effected area.

1. Pull up carpet.
2. Remove affected pad.
3. Clean back of carpet.
4. Treat floor with an enzyme treatment.
5. Seal floor if needed with an odor barrier.
6. Treat back of carpet with enzyme treatment.
7. Install new tack strip.
8. Install new pad.
9. Re-install carpet.
10. Clean carpet.
11. Topically apply enzyme.

We are happy to evaluate your situation and offer a solution according to your needs.

When trying to address pet urine, try to stay away from products with high pH such as ammonia, Resolve and oxygen bleaches. These products will leave the carpet with a residue and in a high pH state, which will attract much more dirt. In some instances the use of the wrong product can cause the urine stain to be permanent.

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