Oh boy! We sure love our pets! Though sometimes it can be a real challenge when pet odor, (from pet urine!), and other pet related problems “surprise” us.
Lets face it.. no one wants be that house… the one that smelled of.. shhhh…. pet odor.
In this post we will talk about finding and identifying the sources of pet odor contamination and removal with carpet cleaning.
We will discuss the methods involved with treating theses pet problem areas in another post.
Most of our pets will make an attempt to get outside to do their business. If you see frayed carpet (or in some case missing entirely) that is a sure sign that your pet was kept in too long. In many cases you can expect to find pet odor and pet urine in the room.
The location of the pet urine depends upon the sex and type of pet. For example:
- Male dogs– Will hike their legs on door jambs or furniture like end tables.
- Female dogs– Will generally go in open areas.
- Male Cats– Will mark the perimeter of their territory.
- Female Cats– Prefer privacy and will usually go behind furniture or closets, (this one cracks me up for some reason..).
Carpet is made up of two backings. A primary backing where the tufts are inserted, and a secondary backing holding the tufts in place with adhesive. The adhesive can be very absorbent and hold the pet urine. We use different tools to locate the urine. UV Light, (commonly called black light), moisture probes, (detect the moisture that the urine salts absorb). Urine stains are not the only type of stains that will fluoresce under a black light. Optical brighteners, found in many over the counter cleaners, will fluoresce a whitish purple, while pet urine will glow a yellowish green.
Once the pet urine is identified; we will circle it with white chalk to make sure we treat the spot while cleaning. I know, right?? Fancy and high-tech! And all the while, most importantly… CLEAN and SANITARY. Oh, and don’t worry… white chalk will vacuum off the fibers easily. We wouldn’t steer you wrong! Due to the fact that pet urine is a liquid and spreads out after being deposited, (gross!), it is important to understand that the visible “pet odor spot” is usually only half the size of actual stain.
After the pet problem areas are found, we need to diagnose the level of contamination to decide on the appropriate method and cost involved with treating your pet odor problems.
- Light to moderate– Here, the contamination has not penetrated the padding or the sub floor.
- Moderate to Heavy – Now, these are areas of contamination that have penetrated the padding and sub-floor once or twice.
- Heavy to Extreme – Are areas of contamination that have repeatedly penetrated the padding and sub floor, even wicking into the base boards, studs behind the wall, or furnishings.
An area could have lots of small spots and still be considered just “light contamination”, (for instance; puppy potty training).
In fact! Multiple areas can be easier to treat in comparison to a targeted, (by your four legged baby!), area that has been repeatedly saturated, (as stated earlier… with “Heavy to Extreme”; this is soaking in below and causing a real nasty little smelly problem! But don’t worry.. we’re gonna fix you all up.
We have different pet odor treatments available for each level of contamination. We usually recommend replacement of pad/carpet if the price of the pet odor is more than 50% of the pet treatment price. Even if you opt to replace the carpet and padding, you should really have us take a look to see if the sub-floor, tackless strip and baseboards might need to be sealed or replaced. See? There is always hope for your pet odor problem. And let’s face it… they’re worth the world to us.
STAY TUNED! In an upcoming post; we will go over the different treatment procedures for the levels of decontamination and what they mean to you.
Again… don’t fret, my pet, (or yours!), this is a lot more stimulating and fun to read about than you’re thinking. 🙂
by David Gray
We here at Coach Carpet Care, can not express to you enough in mere words, how very happy we would be to come out and give you a free estimate on your pet odor concerns.
Call now: (530) 622-3678 or (916) 941-7879
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