Introduction – ClearPro Window & Carpet Cleaning offers a range of solutions to help you with your indoor pet urine odor problems. However, by learning more about pet urine issues and following these helpful "Do It Yourself" step by step directions, you will be prepared to respond promptly and confidently to future pet "accidents" – taking matters into your own hands so to speak (No Pun Intended – After all, Pet owners are known for their "scents" of humor, Right?)
How significant is the Issue of Pet Spotting and Odor Control? An annual lifestyle poll conducted by Gallup recently found that pet ownership among the American public breaks down this way: 27% own a dog, but not a cat; 12% own a cat but not a dog; 17% own both; 3% own pets other than cats or dogs; and 40% do not own any pets.
Obviously, a majority of all these dogs and cats spend at least some time inside their owner’s residence. Indoor pets including these dogs and cats will have numerous "accidents" over their lifetime. Many of these pet "accidents" will occur on carpet and rugs.
What happens if pet "accidents" are not properly cleaned up? Pet owners often go to extremes to learn everything possibly about their pets. Ironically, these same pet owners often don’t make a similar commitment to learn how to protect the carpet, rugs, and upholstery in their homes in which a considerable amount of money has been invested.
Ignorance of what to do when pet "accidents" occur can often transform a typically small problem that is a little time consuming, a little unpleasant, but straight forward to address into a significant problem potentially costing hundreds to thousands of dollars to remediate.
Left untreated or improperly treated:
Are pet urine odors limited to the specific area where the "accidents" occurred?
- Residual urine not removed from the carpet or rug becomes increasingly more difficult to remove over time
- Urine immediately begins promotes the growth of bacteria creating an unsanitary condition in the residence
- Uncleaned or improperly cleaned, those spots will be revisited again and again causing saturation issues
- Pet urine and the associated odor can be much deeper than it first appears. Pet urine can easily soak through the backing of the carpet into the padding underneath. In more severe cases the urine can penetrate into the sub-floor beneath the padding. This creates a problem that is multi-layered
- Cleaning urine spots will not eliminate odor unless all remaining urine residue in carpet, pad and subfloor is removed
- Urine can permanently discolor carpet and rugs
- Over time accumulated urine residue can ruin the carpet, pad, and in some cases the subfloor which will all be potentially expensive to replace
Left untreated over a period of time pet urine odor can become absorbed into many of the porous materials found in a home. Draperies, sheet rock, upholstered furniture, base-boards, even the concrete foundation are just a few of the materials that can absorb these odors.
How can pet owners prepare themselves to be ready and able to properly and promptly deal with pet "accidents" when they do occur?
Failure to promptly and correctly remediate a pet "accident" can result in permanent damage to the carpet or rug as well as serious unpleasant odor problems. Pet owners should:
What "First Aid" Steps should be taken when an "accident" occurs?
- Anticipate where pet "accidents" are likely to occur
- Prepare now to have written cleaning procedures available
- Prepare now to have Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) and/or Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration Certification (IICRC) approved cleaning supplies "on hand"
- Respond quickly and confidently when the inevitable happens
- Step 1 – Follow directions on your CRI or IICRC approved cleaning product. If this product is NOT available, follow the remaining steps
- Step 2 – Remove any solids or semi-solids
- Step 3 – Remove urine as quickly as possible by using a small wet vacuum or by blotting repeatedly with white cloth towels or white paper towels. Contain the "accident" by working from the outside toward the center. Be gentle so as to not damage the carpet fiber
- Step 4.a – If the "accident is less than 24 hours old, rinse with clear water to remove residual urine. Vacuum or blot liquid
- Step 4.b – If the "accident is more than 24 hours old, rinse with mixture of 1 part distilled white vinegar and 2 parts clear warm water to remove residual urine. Vacuum or blot liquid. (Do Not Use Distilled White Vinegar on Fresh Urine)
- Step 5 – Use a CRI or IICRC approved enzyme spotter to neutralize any remaining urine
- Step 6 – Absorb remaining liquid by placing white cloth or paper towels over the spot area and pressing them into the carpet with a clean, color safe weight such as a 1 gallon plastic water jug
Note: The smell of urine will likely remain and could become more intense as urine not extracted from the carpet and/or pad during this process dries.
What if all "Do It Yourself" cleaning methods fail to remove the smell of urine?
A professional will need to be retained. This process can be time consuming and expensive. All of the following steps may or may not be required depending upon the specifics of each situation:
- Step 1 – Pull up carpet
- Step 2 – Remove affected pad
- Step 3 – Clean back of carpet
- Step 4 – Treat floor with an enzyme treatment
- Step 5 – Seal floor if needed with an odor barrier
- Step 6 – Treat back of carpet with enzyme treatment
- Step 7 – Install new tack strip
- Step 8 – Install new pad
- Step 9 – Re-install carpet
- Step 10 – Clean carpet
- Step 11 – Topically apply enzyme
Use these techniques at your own risk. Always read directions on any cleaning product before using. Pre-test each cleaning product in an inconspicuous area before using. If the stain or odor persists, call ClearPro Window & Carpet Cleaning
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