According to the American Pet Association, people in the United States provide homes to more than 130,000,000 pets. When left alone, pet urine can seep through carpet, into the padding and down to the floor beneath. Pet urine can delaminate a carpet and can cause rotting of jute backing. Even after a thorough cleaning, pet urine stains and odors often remain.
Pet urine is an amber-colored liquid waste fluid excreted by the kidneys and is composed of waste products of protein metabolism. The color of pet urine and its staining potential will often depend on dietary habits, age and sex of the pet, whether the pet is on medication, and the health of the pet. Typically, because cat diets are richer in protein than dog diets, their urine will produce harsher odors and are more likely to cause stains.
Unlike dogs, cats do not urinate for territorialism. This behavioral pattern in male cats is accomplished by spraying primarily on vertical surfaces. Although spraying is typically done on a vertical surface (such as a couch and the walls), it could also conceivably come in contact with a carpet.
Another consideration is the age of the pet. The older the pet, the more renal function diminishes, thus producing urine that contains more plasma proteins. Because less uric acephalia is secreted in this urine, it is less likely to stain a carpet; however, it will produce an even stronger odor. In almost all cases, cat urine is the worst perpetrator for pet urine stains and pet urine odors.
In order to assure the removal of pet urine stains & odors from carpet, there are several factors you must be aware of and understand:
- The level of severity will dictate the method of treatment and chemicals you will use.
- Most failures to successfully and totally remove pet urine odor are due to using ineffective chemicals and/or not following the proper treatment steps. Failure also occurs when you underestimate the quantity of contamination.
- There are pockets and porous areas within the carpet backing that once wet will not absorb or accept additional solution. This is a very important factor in successful odor removal treatment and is almost always a factor when treatment failures occur. Because of this you will find our recommended treatment procedure always requires that chemicals be applied only when the carpet is completely dry.
- Even though many products available on the market claim to do the same thing, there is a vast difference in their level of performance and biochemical formulation.
- It is imperative that you locate and treat all contamination or your success cannot be assured.
- If the carpet is delaminated, it should be replaced.
- Pre-vacuum to remove pet hair.
- Keeping these factors in mind, choose a level of contamination below.