Pet urine can cause permanent damage to your floors and fabrics. It can also create an unhealthy indoor environment. Pet odors are easier to remove when they’re fresh because the excess fluid saturating your carpet isn’t set in yet. Unfortunately, the warm acid state of the urine offers a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, so the quicker it gets cleaned up, the better! Once pet urine dries, it turns into a salt like state that contains higher amounts of alkaline compared to when it was wet. The potency of the urine in the alkaline salt like state is what causes the harshest damages to your carpet. If untreated, flooring can begin to warp and turn discolored.
1. Stain - In the original acid state, the urine begins to oxidize which reacts with the carpet to create discoloration, also known as a urine stain. As time passes, the pet stain will become increasingly more difficult to remove, depending upon the carpet. The dye structure of the carpet may sustain permanent damage.
Take note: Avoid using over-the-counter products (i.e. Resolve, Oxyclean, etc.) because they may set the stain you’re trying to remove.
2. Odor - The primary source of odor associated with urine comes from bacteria festering in the urine patch. Bacteria growth, combined with the breakdown of urine, creates complex organic compounds called amino acids. These compounds often work deep into the fibers until they actually become a part of them. At this point, the odors are very difficult to remove. The waste materials and gases from the decomposing urine create an unpleasant odor. When dried urine is remoistened, it gives off an ammonia gas which is extremely unpleasant. Urine odor, if dormant, will sometimes “come alive” on days of high humidity. The salts that are left behind as the urine dries are hydrophilic, which causes water to be drawn to them, reactivating the smell. This is why cleaning existing urine stains may not completely remove any associated odor. In fact, it could increase the odor in the environment temporarily.
Ayoub Carpet Service will saturate the rug with a urine liquefier and then extract contaminants from the contaminated rug. Amazing results can be achieved on a variety of spotting problems when combined with a professional technician’s knowledge.
Often times, rugs that become heavily soiled require replacement of rug padding. Visit our rug padding page to see our options.
Ayoub Carpet Service is celebrating more than 65 years of business and has experience in the most difficult of challenges when it comes to rug care, including water damage and pet damage. We keep our standards high and in turn, the results we get are exceptional.
As the original and founding Ayoub family in the rug cleaning business, which started in Arlington, VA in 1952, we continue the pride of doing a good job with honesty and integrity. We’re thankful to say that we’ve developed tens of thousands of relationships with people who aren’t only loyal clients but our friends as well. In honor of my grandfather Joseph Ayoub, my father Jack Ayoub, and my uncles Norman, Sam, Said, and Fred, we’ll strive to continue doing your name justice by providing the best service we possibly can. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank all the people from every aspect of this company for helping us become the most widely known and respected carpet, rug, and flooring company in the area.
- Dan Ayoub