Pet Odor Removal: Understanding Urine Damage

Pet urine can cause permanent damage to your floors and fabrics. It can also create an unhealthy indoor environment. When urine is first deposited onto a floor or fabric, it has a pH of between 5 and 6, which makes it acidic. It is easier to remove it right then, when it’s fresh. Once it dries it turns “alkaline”, or to a higher pH of between 10 and 12, making it much more difficult to remove. The warm acid state of the urine offers a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which begin to flourish almost immediately. In this original acid state, the urine begins to oxidize and react with the carpet to create a color change, which will become permanent if the urine is not removed immediately. Some of this color change can be attributed to the strong ammonia that forms as the urine passes through bacterial and chemical change. If left for days or weeks, depending on the fabric or floor type, it will change the dye structure, therefore causing permanent staining. Even if the soluble deposits are removed, the damage to the dye structure may already be done.

Advantage Kwik Dry Process – Pet Odor is always a challenge for any carpet. The best methods used is to saturate the effected areas with a enzyme that will get deep into the carpet where it will actually kill the bacteria, which will help with smell and staining. Our Pet N Fresh Enzyme is formulated to destroy and control all pet odors. This product will digest odor problems at the source without having to use harsh and dangerous fogging chemicals. The enzyme has a pleasant fragrance to immediately neutralize odors while the bacterial enzyme action ingests the cause of the odor. Kills foul odors.

Helpful Home Remedies – The best cleaning agent for urine, vomit, or feces is an enzyme agent, this is the only cleaning agent that eats up the bad bacteria. For the best results use an enzyme spotter after you have rinsed the carpet, especially if the spot is not a fresh one. We recommend Nature’s Miracle, which can be purchased at any local pet stores. Always read the directions before use!

Products to Avoid – Try to stay away from products with high pH such as ammonia, resolve, and oxygen bleaches. These products will leave the carpet with a residue and in a high pH state, which will enable the carpet to attract dirt like a magnet. In some instances, the use of the wrong product can cause the urine stain to be permanent. Call Advantage Kwik Dry first if you are not sure about a product you want to try.