What You Need To Know...
Pet odor is a very common problem for pet owners. They often find that the gifts their pets leave for them on their carpet are very challenging to remove. When your pet has an accident, often times the urine not only penetrates the carpets, but soaks through to the padding and in severe cases, it soaks through to the sub-floor beneath the pad. Our powerful truck-mounted equipment is designed to clean and rinse minor urine stains from the carpet fibers, but once it has penetrated through to the padding, special treatment is needed to properly remove stains and smells caused by your pet. Pet urine can also be a breeding ground for bacteria which can worsen the odor problem and can contribute to permanent color loss of the carpet fibers, not to mention it is unhealthy to breathe in. It is important to have your carpets professionally cleaned and treated to help eliminate the pervasive odors and stains caused by your pets.
Getting Rid Of The Problem.
To eliminate pet odor problems, the urine must be removed or neutralized from each of the layers affected. If only the face yarn of the carpet is contaminated, a regular cleaning may effectively remove the stain and odor, but in more severe cases a urine neutralizer may be injected into the various affected layers. It is helpful if you know the location of the stains. This makes treatment easier and more effective.
In the most severe cases, it is recommended that the carpet padding be replaced, and the carpet, carpet backing, and if needed, the sub-floor be treated with a urine neutralizer. Don’t make the mistake of thinking; “if I replace my carpets, the odor will disappear,” this is inaccurate if the sub-flooring has been penetrated. Before replacing your carpets & padding it is recommended to have your sub-flooring treated by a professional.
Pet odors that are left untreated can be very problematic. Not only do you face an unhealthy environment, but pet odors can also be absorbed into any porous material in your home. Draperies, sheet rock, upholstery, base-boards, and the concrete foundation are only a few of the common household materials that can absorb the smells of pet urine. Do not let your pet problems go untreated. Call a professional and have them properly removed and/or treated.
Pets are family, and it is important for them and yourself that you maintain a clean and healthy living environment. Call Fusion today so we can help you eliminate all your pet odor problems, and make for a safer home for everyone.
Know The Difference.
There is a difference between cleaning a urine stain and treating for the odor. Cleaning the stain may not remove any associated odor, but could possibly increase the odor in the air space temporarily. Pet urine can cause permanent damage to your floors and fabrics, so cleaning it quickly will help insure the stain and smell will be removed. Pet urine is almost in a neutral state when deposited, but once it dries it becomes alkaline and more difficult to remove. If left untouched for days or weeks, permanent damage to the carpet fibers may be done. In these cases, NO ONE can guarantee complete removal of all urine stains. Always consult your technician if you have any questionable urine spots on your carpet.
Steps you can do to prevent permanent staining: 1) Immediately blot the urine with a white terry cloth towel or plain white paper tower until there is no moisture transferred. 2) Clean spot with vinegar mixture (1 part white vinegar to 2 parts water) by gently messaging (not rubbing) it into the spot with the white cloth. 3) Once you have flushed out as much urine as possible with the vinegar solution, blot the area with a dry cloth until the carpet is dry to touch. **If you have a small extraction machine, flush the area with fresh water until the spot is removed. Do not use over the counter general spotters or extraction detergents, this will change the pH and could worsen your problem.
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