Animal urine is made up of a combo of water, enzymes, urea, uric acid, cholesterol and other trace chemicals – with a yellow pigment. When a cat or dog pees, the liquid that comes out is an acid, but after 12 hours this acid begins transformation to an alkaline due to bacteria. The salt produced from the alkaline mixes with the yellow pigment and causes the yellow coloring or stains that are sometimes visible on floors.
The most important thing you can do with cat or dog urine spots is get the pee removed as quickly as possible.
The longer urine is left on a rug or carpet, the harder removal becomes. The ammonia that grows in animal urine can cause color changes, especially if there are blue or cool tones in the flooring. It is important to note this because it sometimes can appear like a carpet cleaner cannot fix an old “stain” -even though the carpet is clean – because the stain is actually a color change that has taken place within the carpet or rug fibers.
Another factor with animal pee stains is the scent left behind. This awful smell is produced by the ammonia and bacteria mentioned above, and if they are not killed off the right way, the smell will get worse when around moisture. This is why a home or a floor with pets can smell worse on a humid Minnesota day or when wet. Urine also soaks down into the carpet backing or the pad, and can be hard to remove by hand.
Bacteria must be removed to clean a carpet or floor with dog or cat urine on it properly.
Many of the carpet cleaning products available in stores are meant for stains, so they only deal with the color left behind when an animal pees. This makes for a clean looking home, but not a clean smelling one. An enzymatic cleaner or disinfectant, like the one Commercial Steam Team uses when cleaning, must be used to accomplish removal of the spot and the smell. A professional carpet cleaner with high quality steam trucks and equipment mixed with an enzymatic cleaner reaches deeper into carpet to kill the bacteria lurking beneath.
Are you dealing with pet stains from a cat or dog? Call Commercial Steam Team today at 952-224-7222.
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