Treating Urine Damaged Carpet
If you are going to attempt to try and remove stains yourself, make sure you understand what products to avoid. Try to stay away from products with a high pH level and that have things in them called “optical brighteners.” These products tend to leave residues behind on the carpet that may be in a high pH state, which will enable the carpet to attract dirt to it very much the same way a magnet would do to metal and quite possibly react with the urine composition itself. In some instances the use of the wrong product can cause the urine stain to become permanent which most professional carpet cleaners describe as “setting the stain.”
Do Not Use Just Any Stain Remover!
Stay away from products that have optical brighteners in them and always read the directions before use! Optical brighteners have a tendency to “brighten up” stains, especially dark dirt and grease stains giving you the impression that they have taken them away. I think it would be safe to say nowadays that most companies have changed the formulas of their cleaning solutions to no longer incorporate them in their compositions. What would happen is the particular areas in which these chemicals were put down in by the consumer, in hopes of cleaning them would ultimately have a chemical reaction when the professional cleaning solutions used by carpet cleaners were applied. They would end up taking color away during the cleaning process and due to carpet materials being different and all, a lot of times carpet cleaning technicians can’t see the areas in which these optical brighteners have been applied.
When attempting to clean up pet urine mishaps on a DIY basis, make sure to use an absorbent material that will pull up rather than push down or spread. Absolutely never put your own body weight onto the paper towel or absorbent material you are using as this will push the liquid further down into the underlying layers of material and quite possibly the sub-flooring which is wood or the concrete slab or cement foundation. Always blot lightly and remember to let the paper towel or absorbent material do the work as much as it can.
Don’t Let The Urine Oxidize Your Carpet
It is in this original acid state when the urine begins to react with the carpet to create a color change, which will become permanent if the urine is not removed immediately. It’s called oxidation or oxidizing. Some of this color change can be attributed to the strong ammonia that forms as the urine passes through its chemical and bacterial change.
If left untreated for a long enough period of time, permanent damage will have occurred due to the color of the dye being comprised by the strength of the PH level of the urine resulting in permanent staining. This can also happen on other floor types such as wood. Even if you were to remove the initial deposit, the damage to the dye structure may have already been done. And, the only way to remove these types of stains is to cut the carpet out and replace them with new carpet or you might be able to dye them in the hopes that you would be able to achieve a blend in the coloring of the carpet at least.
This is the best way to approach this situation if you’re mindful of not damaging your carpet any further. As a professional company that provides carpet cleaning in San Diego Ca, we don’t endorse any over the counter retail products because there aren’t any that can do you any justice without damaging your carpet.
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