As you begin to close windows and spend more time indoors along with your pets, you may notice odors from pet accidents that had been masked by other smells or in areas you hadn’t frequented. It’s also quite possible that your cat or dog is now spending more time inside and has greater chances to have an accident. Whatever the case, and whether you live in Mankato, Waseca, St. Peter, or surrounding areas, ServiceMaster is your best choice for residential carpet cleaning to eliminate not just the odor, but the chemicals causing the nasty smell.
The chemical mixture in pet stains depends a lot on the individual animal’s diet. According to the Carpet and Rug Institute, the concentration of certain types of proteins can affect the acid content of urine, especially in cats, making it damaging to carpet and harder to get out. Urine can seep into the backing of carpets, cause deterioration of the materials, and actually combine with other chemicals to create a more potent mixture. Depending on heat and other conditions, the urine can damage the fibers of the carpet, as well as permanently stain the color. The Institute says that unless the urine can be completely removed, the odor won’t completely go away.
It’s best to treat animal stains immediately after they occur. Either a commercial pet stain product or a little non-lanolin dish liquid in a cup of water and then blotted with a series of white paper towels will work. If odors persist, you can try a similar solution with a cap of white vinegar substituted for the soap, and blot again until dry.
Given the cost of new carpeting and installation, cleaning your carpets regularly is your best bet to limit the potential damage of pet urine and of dirt in general. It won’t be long before you have guests coming over for holiday meals and festivities. To protect your investment and keep your home smelling great, contact ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for quality professional home carpet cleaning and odor removal.