Pet Urine & Odor Removal in Gainesville, Archer, & Waldo

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Your floors and fabrics can be permanently damaged by pet urine. Pet urine can also create an unhealthy inside environment.  Wet urine on your floor or fabric has a pH of around 5 or 6, which puts it on the acidic side of the scale. Once the urine dries it turns “alkaline’, pH levels increased to about 10-12. Fresh urine stains are easier to remove versus dried urine stains.

Urine is a breeding ground for all kinds of nasty bacteria. Urine will start to oxidize and will react with your carpet to create a change in color. This chance can become permanent if the urine is not removed as quickly as possible.

Urine and Odor

Urine and Odor

As bacteria grows and breaks down the urine it creates amino acids. Amino acids, complex organic compounds, will work their way deep into your carpet fibers. The decomposing urine creates a distasteful odor. If dried urine spots become remoistened, they will also let off a smell in the form of ammonia gas.

Did you know that when you kill the bacteria in urine it lets off an unpleasant smell as well? That is why it is necessary to sanitize as well as clean the area.

Urine leaves behind hydrophilic salts and crystals as it dries. These hydrophilic salts and crystals are water magnets. That is why when you are experiencing humid months urine stained carpets can smell even worse. Urine salts and crystals need to be removed to get rid of the nasty odor. This explains why cleaning existing urine spots isn’t enough to remove associated odors.

Pet Stain Removal

The Best Cleaning Agents for Urine

The best cleaning agent for urine is enzymes. Enzymes actually eat up the bad bacteria. For the best results use an enzyme spotter after you have rinsed the carpet, especially if the spot is not fresh. We recommend Nature’s Miracle, which can be purchased at any local pet store. Remember to always read the directions before use!

Products to Avoid

Avoid using cleaning products that are high in pH. Ammonia, oxygen bleach and Resolve should be avoided. These products usually leave residue on your carpet attracting dirt like a magnet. In some cases using the wrong product will cause the urine stain to become permanent.

Please call Dreyer’s Carpet Care first if you are not sure about a product you may want to try.

How Professionals Remove Odor

Keep in mind that in order to remove any unpleasant odor associated with urine, all of the salt deposits the urine leaves behind must be completely sanitized and removed. This can be quite extensive and time consuming. In worse case scenarios, all of the following steps are required. When damage is not so bad a few steps are left out.

  • Step 1: Pull up carpet
  • Step 2: Remove damaged pad
  • Step 3: Clean back of carpet
  • Step 4: Us an enzyme treatment on the floor
  • Step 5: If needed, seal the floor with an odor barrier
  • Step 6: Use enzyme treatment on the back of carpet
  • 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

Please keep in mind that these techniques should be performed by professionals. If you are not trained or do not have any experience in extensive carpet cleaning use these techniques at your own risk. Pre-test each spotter in an inconspicuous area before using. If the stain or odor persists and you live in these areas (Alachua County, FL including the Alachua, Archer, Earleton, Gainesville, Hawthorne, High Springs, MicanopyNewberry, & Waldo area), call Dreyer’s DKI at 352-403-0350.