With the increasing number of pets in American homes, damaged carpet from pet urine is more and more common. While pets are great to have, they do require taking some additional care for your carpets in an effort to maintain a healthy and bacteria free indoor environment.
Pet urine can cause permanent damage to your floors and fabrics. When an animal urinates on the carpet it is critical to get the spot cleaned as soon as possible. Urine deposited on carpet does not stay there; it penetrates the ﬁbers and contaminates both the backing of the carpet and the ﬂooring material below the carpet. Often, without your knowing, pets will urinate continually in the same general location.
It is much easier to remove the urine once it has been deposited as the urine is in an acid state. Once the urine is allowed to dry it becomes alkaline and an array of damage begins to take place. Your carpet is now the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to flourish almost immediately. The acid in the urine will react with the carpet and will permanently discolor the carpet, especially if the urine is allowed to sit for days or weeks.
Urine, left untreated, will always give off very unpleasant and offensive odors. Urine odors can permeate from the floor albeit a cement slab, wood floor, from the tack strips and from even behind the walls. This is caused by the bacteria growth that eventually melds into the carpet fibers and padding. While the urine may have dried the salt and crystals from the urine remain in and under the carpet. The slightest moisture, even humidity, will activate these elements making the odor more concentrated and pungent. The only way to get rid of the odor is to remove the urine salts in the carpet, in the backing of the carpet as well as the pad underneath. In the very worse cases, the concrete slab will need to be disinfected and re-sealed.
How Heaven’s Best can we help?
We will come out to your home and assess the urine stains. If you are unsure as to where the urine spots may be located there is no need to worry. We can pinpoint where each urine stain is located by utilizing our black light urine detector. We will start working immediately to remove the urine and salts and restore your healthy indoor environment. If the damage is extensive, we will pull up the carpet, remove and extract the urine from the effected portions, treating the fibers and the back of the carpet with enzymatic cleaning solution. Enzyme based cleaning solutions are the only products that will break down the bacteria and ensure a bacteria free healthy home. In the cases where the acid in the urine has permanently dyed the carpet there is no way to restore the color. We can, however, patch the area with carpet from a remnant or an inconspicuous area such as a closet.