Pets can make you happy when you’re feeling down and they love us no matter what. However, they can make it harder to keep our home clean and smelling fresh when they have accidents. Even the best trained pets will have an accident from time to time. If those accidents aren’t treated right away, they become old and set in your carpets.
Pet Urine Stains on Carpet
When your pet has an accident, it has a pH of about 5 or 6, which is on the acid side of the pH scale. It is much easier to treat a urine stain as soon as possible. Once urine dries it turns “alkaline” and has a higher pH of between 10 and 12. This makes it more difficult to remove. Urine is warm and acidic and creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to thrive, and it will start right away. It will also begin to oxidize and react with your carpet. This can cause the carpet to change color. Permanently if it’s not removed right away. For this reason, it’s best to contact professionals with pet stains. Even they may have a difficult time, but their effort will be better than yours without any further damage.
Why are Pet Urine Stains So Hard to Remove?
• Pet urine contains uric acid crystals. The products you can purchase aren’t able to break down uric acid. Home remedies can provide quick relief, but you will still need professionals to decontaminate the area. They will remove the stain and the odors, otherwise you pet will continue to reuse the area.
• Small stains can be hard to find. Every spot must be found and treated before you can retrain your pet. Again, any tiny spot left untreated will attract your pet to potty there again. You need to use a black light and scan the entire carpet to remove all the stains.
• The stain is a tiny part of the problem. The stain you see may be very small compared to what’s going on underneath the carpet. Much of the waste goes down into the carpet padding and the subfloor. This makes it very difficult to remove the entire stain. The padding is like a sponge that absorbs the waste and quickly spreads out.
Health Risks & Hazards of Dog Urine on Carpet
Dog and cat urine smells like ammonia and can irritate the lungs. Large amounts of urine can make you feel like your lungs are burning. It can also cause burning of the throat, respiratory tract and nose. Pet urine that becomes embedded in furniture and carpeting can cause health issues. Migraines, allergies, and asthma can all be caused by ammonia inhalation. Cat urine is extremely concentrated. Even a small amount can smell very strong because it crystalizes when it dries. Dog urine can contain leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that is caused by several closely related bacterial strains. Infected dogs can pass the disease to humans and cause flu-like symptoms. Serious cases can lead to kidney or liver disease.