As much as we love our furry family members, when they have accidents on our carpet, it is frustrating. If the problem isn’t resolved quickly, the smell is quite unpleasant as well. If there are some old urine stains that have gone unnoticed until recently, there are still some techniques that can be used to get rid of these unsightly stains. Heart of Texas Chem-Dry is here to share some tips and tricks that will help you get rid of old pet urine stains in your home.
Effects of Breathing Ammonia in Dog or Cat Urine
When you are able to notice and treat a urine stain on your carpet right away, it can be easy to get rid of and leave very little lasting damage. When the stain is able to set deep into the fibers of your carpet it is much more difficult. Pet urine is high in acidity and as it ages, the ph level will rise. This causes bacteria to start to grow and the smell can be awful. So the longer it sits, the worse the odor and the more difficult it will be to get the stain out. Dog or cat urine smells sharply of ammonia which is an irritant to the lungs. In the case of large amounts of pet urine on carpet, your lungs could feel like they are burning and you may feel lightheaded and faint. Inhalation of large amounts of ammonia causes immediate burning of the throat, nose and respiratory tract. Excessive exposure to ammonia can also cause eye and skin irritation.
How to Remove Set In Urine Stains from Carpet
It is important you work quickly to remove the moisture from the carpet as soon as you can before wicking occurs. The urine will seep into the fibers and down to the pad where it will pool up. If you have soaked up as much liquid as you can, you can sprinkle the spot generously with baking soda. Leaving the baking soda on the stain for 30 minutes will give it the time it needs to neutralize the odor and absorb any urine that is left behind. Once you have waited, vacuum the remaining baking soda up. If the stains are a couple of days old, you can use a solution of one part vinegar and two parts water to get rid of the stain. Whatever you do, avoid using heat to get rid of pet stains as this will set the stain into the carpet even further. For stubborn pet urine stains that aren’t able to be removed with the help of baking soda and vinegar, you can turn to pet enzymes for help. These will cut through the stain and remove both the stain and the odor left behind. Make sure you are always following manufacturer’s instructions to avoid causing any damage to your carpet in the cleaning process.
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If you have stubborn pet urine stains that won’t leave no matter what you do to treat the stain, call on the carpet professionals at Heart of Texas Chem-Dry for help. With our industrial equipment and intense training, you can count on those stains disappearing before your eyes. We will ensure that the unsightly stains will be gone as well as any lingering smell that may be hanging on. Call us today!