Pet Stains

427638_10150554948586059_93658066058_9350846_1205572644_nIn order for you to better realize why you cannot just cover up pet odor, you must first understand the molecular structure of what is causing the odor.

When you have urine stains, and odors are caused by the urine, there are a variety of methods to help solve your problems.

First, we would like to educate you as to why there is a urine odor or stain problem. When the urine first contacts the carpet it is actually sterile!  Fresh urine usually has little odor. The offensive urine odor doesn’t actually begin, until it starts to decay and release ammonia gas. A second level of decay will follow, which releases, mercaptam ( a foul-smelling organic compound) which comes from the same family of odor as skunk spray.

Natural bacteria attack the urine as it breaks down, and digests the urea, sodium chloride, lipids, and phosphorus-and potassium-containing urine. The bacteria leaves behind phosphate salts, which will stick to the carpet, making it extremely difficult to clean up. These salts are what release the odor, they need heat and humidity to do this. Some animals tend to urinate in the same area, as a result, the animal is applying heat and humidity to the area in question. The odor will become increasingly more pungent each time this occurs.

As the spot dries the odor tends to go away (with out excess moisture and humidity you could not smell anything). Where things get a little more complex is that the urine also contained salt, and salt attracts moisture to it.  When the humidity rises the salts attract moisture and the bacteria will become active again and start to release more foul odors.

A routine professional carpet cleaning will not remove these phosphate salts from your carpet. Special enzyme cleaners are required to do this, so be sure to inform Valentines Carpet Care of the nature of the problem while scheduling the appointment by phone.

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