This is article is kindly written Phil Mathot from Mighty Clean Carpet
Pets are our friends, and sharing your home is often part of the companionship we have with our pets. However, like anything, this can have it's challenges. For many people, it's not a particularly pleasant topic to talk about, but today we are going to discuss pet urine, how it affects carpet, and how your professional carpet cleaner
A-Team Carpet Cleaning Newcastle, can help.
So what really is urine?
Urine is biological waste that includes urochrome pigment, lipids, uric acid and creatine. Generally it is excreted in a slightly acid state, but as bacteria develop, urine begins to become alkaline, off gassing ammoniated odours.
Pet urine in carpet presents three challenges.
2) Contamination (health hazard)
3) Visual urine stain
Pet behaviour changes depending on breed and sex amongst other things. Some animals will mark perimeters, others will return to the same spots.
Multiple surfaces are often affected by pet urine, and it's extremely important to understand this point. A carpet is made up of the face pile (what we see and can touch), a backing and the underlay. All of these surface can be affected by pet urine, but that's not the end of it. Urine can penetrate into the flooring substrate, and often we find that skirting boards and walls, and other soft furnishings such as curtains can be affected.
So what can A-Team Carpet Cleaning Newcastle do for pet urine in carpets?
Firstly, we will determine what your concern is. For visual stains, we need to determine what type of fibre your carpet is made from. This often governs how successful the urine stain removal will be. As an example,
woollen carpets are much more sensitive to treatment than nylon, and nylon more so than polypropylene. The fibre type you have, the length of time the stain has been present and previous treatment attempts all can affect the outcome of a urine stain treatment. Typically speaking we can successfully treat 50-60% of visual urine stains, using a specialised thermal transfer process and mild oxidising agents.
Odour and contamination from pet urine presents their own challenges. If you are only concerned about the bacterial action in the face pile of the carpet, we can treat this with an anti-microbial treatment, clean your carpets, and then re-apply an anti-microbial effectively sanitising the face pile of bacteria. If pet urine odour is your concern, the challenge is determining the extent of surfaces affected. A-Team Carpet Cleaning technicians
carry black light urine detecting equipment, which can indicate where urine is located. The extent of affected surfaces will then govern what the best course of action will be. Sometimes pet urine odour removal is a process of elimination. Although the simple answer may seem like carpet replacement, and sometimes this is part of the solution, without determining whether the urine has penetrated into the subfloor,
or exists on other surfaces such as wall, skirting boards, curtains etc, the problem will continue to linger (pardon the pun).
What ever your challenge may be with pet urine and carpets, A-Team Carpet Cleaning Newcastle are here to assist you.
A note from Jamie @ A-Team Carpet Cleaning Newcastle
If you have any friends or family who are looking for professional carpet cleaning in Penrith or carpet cleaning in the western suburbs of Sydney please pass on Phil's website www.mightyclean.com.au he is a highly trained carpet cleaning professional who always looks after his customers which is why we are glad to have him on board.