We love our pets. They know when we are sad or ill, so they closely watch over us. We love them for their unconditional love, those big brown doggie eyes, and their smile and tail wag when they see us. We love our cats when they perch in our laps, purring. We appreciate when they curl up on the bed with us at night. They, too, watch over us if we are sad or ill.
As much as we love them, though, they have one habit that makes us crazy. When pets wet the carpet, the dog and cat urine seeps into the fiber of the rug and into the padding and subfloor beneath. When they do it long enough (they go back to wet the same spot), the carpet is ruined, and the floor needs to be replaced. This is a costly and unpleasant job for homeowners.
Homeowners don’t always know where the animals have gone or in which room. The odor permeates the air we breathe. Those with breathing problems like asthma or allergy sufferers can’t catch a clean breath of air. HVAC units pick up that odor and spread it throughout the house. Visitors are uncomfortable. It’s time for professional carpet cleaning.
Why Can’t I Do It Myself?
Homeowners might buy commercially produced chemical carpet cleaners. They will apply the cleaner, wait the recommended time, and then vacuum the spot. However, these chemicals are only designed to get the surface of the rug, not deep into the fibers. The chemicals can also harm the textile until the carpet needs to be replaced.
Home remedies are all over the Internet. Baking soda and vinegar are the go-to natural remedies for all sorts of purposes. They, too, are rubbed into the textile. They remove stains quite well. They won’t harm the fibers of the carpet, but they also won’t get the odor deep down in the fibers.
With the stains gone and the odor temporarily on hold, homeowners think they’ve beaten the problem. What they don’t recognize is that an animal marks its territory. The animal will then go back to that spot or spots to make sure no other animal invades his or her space. The odor and stains will return.
Why Hire a Carpet Cleaning Professional?
Carpet cleaning first involves finding out the extent of the damage, the condition of the wooden sub-floor, and the length of time the damage has been there. If the pet is still in the house, that matters as well. The stain needs to be pretreated with a neutralizer that breaks down the pet urine and then followed up with a deep contaminant extraction cleaning.
The second choice is for the carpet and pad to be completely replaced. This is done only in the most severely contaminated cases. The urine may have evaporated, but the urea crystals left behind smell more pungent than simple urine. There is also the ammonia smell from the urine to be removed. The professional will then clean the wood or cement sub-floor and apply an odor block product. New pads and carpet will be laid over it.
Homeowners should know that professional carpet cleaners use natural products that won’t harm the fibers of the rug. These won’t interact with the chemicals built into the rug and warp. They won’t cause a reaction that will cause asthma and allergy sufferers a moment’s trouble. Nor will pets become ill from such an interaction.
Homeowners should also know that the longer the pet stains sit, the more damage is done. The air quality in the house will suffer exponentially
Bad odors mean the presence of mold and mildew from cat or dog urine. Professional carpet cleaning removes bad odors as well as the resulting mold and mildew. Indoor air quality improves. Breathing cleaner air improves those with asthma and allergies.
Are your floors in need of professional cleaning? Don’t wait any longer! To get in touch with us, you can complete our online appointment form and someone from our team will be in touch with you. You may also feel free to reach us during normal business hours (8:30 am–5:00 pm Monday-Friday) by calling (859) 525-7575. We look forward to servicing you!
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