When you were looking for a house to purchase or rent ,having a large outdoor space was mandatory. You needed a space for your pets to exercise and to do their business. Surrey seemed like a logical choice because of the large lot sizes and affordability. Unfortunately, accidents happen and your pets don't always go outside to do their business. Having a Carpet Cleaner in Surrey clean your carpets seemed like a great idea: you could kill two birds with one stone in so far as you could have your carpets cleaned and remove your pets stains and odours at the same time.
Unfortunately, pet stains are some of the most difficult stains to treat and regular carpet cleaning is not an effective way to treat urine stains and pet odours. But before we delve into how to treat pet urine and odours we first have understand the properties of pet odours and stains.
Urine exits the body in a slightly acidic state (pH between 5-6) and comprised mainly of uric acid. Once urine exist the body it almost immediately begins to grow bacteria and transforms from an acidic state into a high alkaline state. High alkalinity will damage carpet fibres and may remove the dyes from your carpet which can cause permanent damage. This cannot be corrected by carpet cleaning. Over time this alkaline mixture transforms into tiny alkaline salts which emit odour.
A regular steam clean will actually compound the your odour problem since moister created by a steam clean will promote a chemical reaction that will re-activate the alkaline salts emission process. This reaction is what causes odours.
To effectively treat pet stains we use a 4 step process:
- First we apply an topological acid to the carpet. This neutralize the alkalinity of the urine salts and brings it back into an acceptable range.
- Second, we inject an acid into the backing of the carpet and the pad. We let this dwell for 10-15 minutes. Again this is to neutralize any alkaline salts that may have penetrated the backing or pad.
- Third, we flood the contaminated area with a special cleaning agent that is specifically designed to treat pet stains and counter act odour. We pour enough of the product down to fully saturate the carpet and the pad underneath.
- Forth, we perform a sub-surface extraction with a specialized tool called a water claw. The water claw extracts the cleaning agent that we flooded the contaminated area with. We repeat step 3 and 4 numerous times to flush the carpet.
By Ed Scott