pet urine stains

Carpet Cleaning Tips That All Pet Owners Should Know


Pet accidents are inevitable, but keep your carpet looking good with this professional cleaning tip.

1) Clean up all wet and fresh messes as soon as possible. The longer you delay it, the more chance you have of a stain setting into your carpet fibers.  Use an extraction tool is you have one. These work better on wet messes than paper towels or rags. Most handheld extractors are  ridiculously easy to use and may be purchased for under $150. 

If you must use something other than a handheld extractor, please consider a white rag. Paper towels will fall apart and become part of the problem. Colorful towels and rags may bleed their beautiful colors into your wet carpet. A white rag is your second-best option.

Try to blot and absorb as much of the liquid as possible. 

2) After removing the wet mess, spray the fresh urine areas with regular 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. No need to soak the area, but put enough on the carpet to make it damp, again. Test the carpet in an inconspicuous place first. Try testing in a closet or a carpet remnant you have.  Remember, never pour full strength hydrogen peroxide directly onto colored fabrics and fibers unless you have tested them first for colorfastness. 3% Hydrogen Peroxide ( the little brown bottles found in your medicine cabinet )is generally a color safe product. But, please test it first. 

3) Once you have tested your carpet for color fastness and applied the product, walk away.  Just leave it alone and allow it to dry overnight.  If the odor persist tomorrow - apply it again and allow it to dry naturally. Hydrogen Peroxide is an oxidizer and works wonders at eliminating fresh pet urine odors. 

Pet urine that is older than 5-7 days will need a professional strength solution. Contact Chem-Dry of San Angelo at (325) 658-1887 for a safe, non-toxic carpet cleaning and pet urine odor removal.

Urine older than 5-7 days old becomes dry - similar to table salt. It is embedded in your carpet fibers, your carpet's backing, and quite possible the pad or even your sub-floor. 

Dried urine has a shelf-life of approximately 5 years. It is now in a hydrophilic state. This means that it attracts and absorbs moisture. Excess moisture from humidity in the air, or from "steam cleaning" and shampooing your carpets will be absorbed by the dried urine crystals. Once moisture is absorbed, the spot will reek of urine, again. The strong, pungent odor will be very noticeable until the crystals dry again.

This is why you are easily able to smell the pet urine on hot, humid days and days when it is raining outside.


Avoid the Temptation of a Home Remedy

Home remedies that use vinegar and baking soda simply mask the odor for a short time and don’t eliminate the cause.

Once you have reached this point, there really isn't much you can do with over-the-counter products.

It's time to call in the professionals. Don't allow your average carpet cleaner to just mask the urine with deodorizers or powders. These products won't last more than a few days.

Chem-Dry of San Angelo's patented  P.U.R.T.® (Pet Urine Removal Treatment)  contacts the source of the odor and immediately begins a chemical reaction that destroys the pet urine odor. It’s shown excellent results on even the most severe pet urine damage and is part of what makes us the best carpet cleaner for pet urine. 

 An independent laboratory recently conducted multiple tests of our P.U.R.T. odor remover process to determine its effectiveness in treating pet urine odors and stains. In tests against the most common odor sources found in dog and cat urine, this study found that P.U.R.T. removes an average of 99.9% of pet urine odors from carpets.

To go one step further, the study also tested Chem-Dry pet carpet cleaning service's ability to eliminate the bacteria that can be found in pet urine. When used along with our HCE (Hot Carbonating Extraction) cleaning process and a sanitizer, the study found that P.U.R.T. removes an average of 99.2% of the bacteria from pet urine stains in carpets. 

P.U.R.T.® (Pet Urine Removal Treatment) from Chem-Dry of San Angelo removes 99.9% of pet urine odors

P.U.R.T.® (Pet Urine Removal Treatment) from Chem-Dry of San Angelo removes 99.9% of pet urine odors