In short, yes. Pet stain, odor and urine removal is a frequent request of professional carpet cleaners. We all love our four-legged friends, but they can certainly cause messes around the house. Whether you’re house breaking your new puppy or old Fido is getting on in years and having frequent accidents on the rug, there’s no mistaking the acrid smell of urine.
Your home is a breeding ground for all kinds of odors, which can live anywhere from in your carpets and upholstery to your drapes and furniture. Carpeting in particular can harbor allergens and odors that can only be removed through steam cleaning and other special methods. Vacuuming won’t do the trick, and candles and sprays only cover up the smell for a short while.
Urine doesn’t just get into the fibers of the carpet, it saturates into the padding. Once it seeps into the padding, it can be difficult if not impossible for the average homeowner to get it out. That’s when it’s wise to hire a professional carpet cleaner to not only steam clean your rugs but use special claw equipment to draw out the urine from the padding itself. Then, the carpet can be treated with a deodorizer to remove any remaining smells.
What You Need to Know: Pet Urine in Carpeting
Urine that has been deposited on carpeting does not stay at the top; it penetrates the ﬁbers and continues to contaminate both the backing of the carpet and the ﬂooring material below. Did you know it’s common for pets to continually urinate in the same general area of your home? Urine odors will seep from the ﬂoor, from the tack strip and from the framework of your house itself behind the walls.
While the urine is drying, the liquid starts to evaporate but the urine crystals get even more concentrated and pungent. Basic cleaning can’t and won’t remove these offensive odors. Special solutions can be used that produce a chemical reaction to destroy the urine odor. The urine is then extracted with a special claw tool using a process called sub-surface extraction. This piece of equipment allows your professional carpet cleaning technician to easily and effectively remove contaminants without removing the underlying pad.
5 Odor Prevention Tips
Preventing odors from permeating your home in the first place is the ideal solution. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Make sure your home is properly ventilated.
- Run dehumidifiers regularly in high-moisture areas, as moisture can breed mildew and mold.
- Vacuum carpets on a regular basis, addressing stains immediately.
- Use a carpet cleaning and deodorizing product on a regular basis.
- Hire a professional carpet cleaner to steam clean carpets once a year and provide specialized treatments as needed, including pet urine and odor removal.
Urine in carpeting is a more complex problem than staining or odors, and this sometimes requires concentrated restoration work. But don’t worry – even your most severe urine-soaked areas are able to be saved when you involve a professional.
Contact 1st Class Carpet Cleaning & Restoration Services
To learn more about our sub-surface extraction process of removing pet urine from your carpeting and to get a free quote, call us today at (248) 491-3088. Our carpet cleaning services include carpet deodorizers, pet stain and odor removal, pet urine removal, and anti-bacterial treatment.