QC Blast – August 2022

Pet Odor Removal

We love our pets but pet urine can cause permanent damage to your home’s 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 about 5 or 6, which is on the acid side of the pH Scale. It is easier to remove right then when it is fresh. Once it dries it turns into an “alkaline” or to a high pH between 10 to 12 on the scale and becomes 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 changes. 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.

The Best Cleaning Agents For Urine
Enzymes are the best cleaning agent for urine, vomit, and feces. An enzyme is the only cleaning agent that actually eats up the bad bacteria.

Products to Avoid
Try to stay away from products with high pHs 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.

If you are unsure of what product to use please call us at 503-638-4100! Feeling overwhelmed? Let us give you a free quote on Pet Urine Treatment. We are only a phone call away!