Spot Cleaning Pet Urine From Your Area Rugs & Carpeting
Urine contamination from our beloved pets is one of the hardest things to remove from your area rugs and carpeting. Bacteria from pet urine can even remove dye from your flooring textiles. It can also be a source of dangerous toxins in your home such as sinusitis, allergies, airway inflammation and mold. Pet urine contamination areas should always be cleaned up immediately. There are a few things that you can try yourself but for your best success you will need to contact a professional. I know that great oracle, Google suggest ideas such
as baking soda, vinegar, club soda, etc.……. WAIT! You must first know if these home remedies products can damage your fine textile. They may work just fine on your large box store nylon carpet but not on your Diane Von Furstenberg Climbing Leopard from The Rug Company. So be careful with whom you consult.
The warm urine will relax the fiber allowing it to travel quickly through the rug into the padding. If you do not have a pet proof pad, the urine will also reach the hardwood flooring under your rug. This can create a lot of secondary damage to your home. Not to mention a very costly repair if it is not dealt with in a timely manner.
How Can I Clean Up A Pet Urine Spot from My Area Rugs & Carpeting?
Hopefully your area rug was treated with a fabric protector. New Dimension’s Fabric Protector will make the job much easier. If not let me give you the best steps for cleaning up pet urine.
You must draw the urine up from the bottom of the carpet, rug and pad. It is a little easier if this is an area rug. You can always pull back the area rug and blot up the urine off of the padding and floor. Otherwise, with a wall-to-wall carpet you must draw the urine up through the face fiber of the carpeting.
Step 1 - Place a towel on the urine spot. Gently apply pressure and try to blot up as much of the urine as possible. For those of us who have young babies at home, a clean diaper works extremely well.
Step 2 - Once you have removed most of the urine, you could add an enzyme treatment. I do want to stress that there are specialized enzyme treatments for natural fabrics. Most of these are not purchased in the big box stores. Apply the enzyme treatment to the carpet (or rug) and pad.
Step 3 - Repeat Step 1 but this time you're trying to block up the excess moisture of the enzyme treatment.
*Please Note - You may want to repeat Step 3 a few times. It is important to remove all the urine. Allow the enzyme to dry on its own. The enzyme will keep digesting the urine. Once the bacteria is gone, the enzyme will dry and expire
Step 4 - Please remember that all this moisture needs to dry by wicking off the top of the fiber. That's right, all that moisture in the rug, padding and floor needs to wick back up to the surface. The moisture evaporates off of the top of the carpet of rug fibers. Sometimes this action will create a brown (soil) mark. That brown mark is from the impurities being lifted up from underneath the carpet and padding up to the surface. This can be cleaned off by using be appropriate professional spotter. We choose to use the New Dimension Wet Spotter. You may have received a spotting spotting kit when you had your fabric protection applied by us.
How Can New Dimension Help?
We have specialized tools and equipment that can rinse out the urine spot from the carpet and padding. The area will still have to dry by wicking the moisture off of the face fiber. This can still create that brown spot or area and will require a second visit to re-clean. There are many professionals that can help you with proper urine removal but there are many more nightmare carpet cleaners.
So be aware! Call us if you need any help. Even if you are not in our coverage area, we have a network around the country. We will try to help you.