That darn cat! Well, accidents happen. Pet urine is one of the most pervasive odors most homeowners encounter. The Steam Team uses both nature and technology to rid your home of these offensive smells. Don't get rid of your pet! Get rid of the smell!
Pet and Urine Odor
Pet odor is a very common issue. At The Steam Team we can help you deal with your pet challenges. From minor problems to major headaches The Steam Team can help find that solution that works best for you.
In many cases our regular cleaning techniques is sufficient to eliminate minor pet problems. The powerful rinsing action of our cleaning system can effectively extract urine from carpet fiber.
The problem with pet odor is that it can be much deeper than it initially appears. Pet urine can become a multi-layered issue as it can penetrate the surface to the backing of the carpet through the padding and all the way to the subfloor beneath the padding.
The urine also is a fertile breeding ground for bacteria. This in turn contributes to a worsening of the odor and often causes discoloration of the capet fiber.
Each of the layers affected has to be treated and neutralized after the after the area has been pre-treated. If the contamination is limited to only the face yarn of the carpet then the cleaning itself may effectively remove the odor. In more severe cases a urine neutralizer may be applied.
In the most severe cases, replacement of the carpet padding, treatment of the under-side of the carpet and the sub-floor may be required. Even replacement of the carpet, however, can not guarantee complete removal of the odor.
Left untreated over a period of time pet odor can become absorbed into many of the porous materials in your home. Draperies, base-boards, sheet rock, upholstered furniture, even the concrete foundation are just a few of the materials that can absorb these odors.
At The Steam Team we offer a variety of product and services to resolve your pet odor solutions. In the long run, however, it may be more a matter of proper maintenance instead of total elimination. After all, we love our pets and want to keep them a part of our family. Pet ownership adds to the challenge of maintaining a clean and healthy home. At The Steam Team we can you deal with the consequences and inconveniences of the challenges.
Please note that when cleaning urine spots, there is a difference between cleaning the urine soiling and treating for odor. Cleaning existing urine spots MAY NOT remove any associated odor. In fact, it could increase the odor in the air space for a temporary period of time.
Pet urine can cause permanent damage to your floors and fabrics. It will create and unhealthy indoor living space specially for those families with small kids. when urine is first deposited it is in a neutral state which means it is still in its liquid form and a lot easier to remove when fresh. Once it dries, it turns "alkaline" and becomes more difficult to remove. If left for days or weeks, depending on the fabric or floor type, it will permanent stain since the dye structure will also change permanently. Even if the soluble deposits are removed, the damage to the dye structure may already be done.
This means that no one can guarantee complete removal of all urine spots. Please consult with one of our technician if you have questionable urine spots on your carpet.
To prevent permanent staining in the future:
- Clean urine spots immediately by blotting with a white terry cloth towel or plain white paper towels until no moisture is transferred.
- To clean the spot, mix 1 part white vinegar to 2 parts water and massage (don't rub) into the spot with a white terry cloth.
- Once you have "flushed" as much of the urine out as possible, blot with dry cloths until dry to the touch.
- If you have a small extraction machine, flush with fresh water until spot is removed. Do not use over the counter, general spotters or extraction detergent. If you do not use this formula, ask us about special pet spotters.