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We all agree that a pet can be a great asset to your family.  They quickly become a part of our lives and we wouldn’t trade them for anything.  But they tend to leave bad odors in the carpeting and upholstery fibers with dander and unsightly messes.  Some pet odors can be eliminated with Best-Way’s deep hot water extraction cleaning system. But for those little surprises that sometimes happen, other actions need to be taken.

When pets urinate on floors or fabrics it can cause an unhealthy indoor environment.  When urine is first deposited, it is in an almost “neutral” state which means it is easier to remove when it is fresh. Once it dries, it turns “alkaline” and becomes more difficult to remove.  If left for days or weeks, depending on the floor type or fabric, it can permanently change the dye structure, therefore causing permanent staining.

There are two sources of odors associated with urine.  The first comes from bacteria that grow abundantly in dark warm places with a never-ending food source.  This bacteria growth and breakdown of urine creates amino acids.  The waste materials and gases from the decomposing urine create an unpleasant odor.  When the dried urine is remoistened; it gives off an ammonia gas, the smell of which is seldom forgotten.

The second source of odor is chemical odor that is present even when the bacteria has been killed. When pets urinate on carpeting it can seep through to the backing and even the padding.  The salts and crystals that are left behind, as the urine dries are hydrophilic and draw moisture to them.  Dried urine is often easy to smell in the humid months because the salts attract the moisture, the moisture evaporates putting out a greater proportion of odorous ammonia gas. You must get rid of the salts and crystals under the carpet to get rid of the odor.  That’s why cleaning existing urine spots will not remove any associated odor or staining.  In fact, it could increase the odor for a temporary period of time.

Using chemicals and deodorizers to cover the smell is a short-term fix.  To properly eliminate pet contamination, Best-Way’s trained technicians will remove and dispose of the affected carpet and padding thus removing the salts and crystals, disinfect the area with enzymes thus killing the bacteria and install carpet and padding.  The whole room does not have to be replaced, only the affected area using carpet from a closet or scrap you may have to match.

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