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Urine damage is the bane of all homeowners with pets! The odor and unsightly stains it can leave behind are a real problem. Damage can be extensive and expensive to repair. Below are some facts every homeowner should be aware of as well as the treatment recommended most often by the cleaning and restoration industry.
There are salts present in urine that act as a desiccant. They continually draw moisture from any source available, including moisture in the air.
The various components that are present in urine can bind themselves to the fibers that make up your carpet. In effect, they become a part of the fiber and therefore a part of your carpet. The most commonly contaminated material is carpet, but urine can and often does affect sheetrock, shoe molding, draperies, upholstery and HVAC systems. Multiple visits to the same deposit site can even result in the urine penetrating clear down to the sub-floor.
The odor created from urine can be obnoxious and extremely tenacious. All urine is not created equal either. The odor can be affected by many factors such as age, health, diet, medication, vitamins, amount deposited, dwell time and gender. Also, if urine remains in the carpet, it will develop a putrid odor from microbial action.
The presence of an odor is an obvious indicator that urine is present in the carpet. However, since not everyone has the same sensitivity to odor, here are a few alternatives in urine detection.
Successful remedies for urine damage require time, energy and expensive treatment products and procedures. Treatment of extensively contaminated carpet should be avoided because of its low success rate.
As you can see, each step becomes more involved and more expensive. The homeowner must make the final decision as to what treatment option will be implemented.
Swan's Clean Care & Restoration is committed to giving you the most up to date information on the procedures used in the cleaning industry so you can make an informed decision. Please let us know if we can assist you with any of the above procedures.