Pet Stains ScottsdaleThey’re fun, furry and lovable but they can also stink up your whole house! No we’re not talking about your hairy uncle we’re talking about your pets; specifically cats and dogs. Even owners of the best trained pets can encounter the occasional “accident”. Pet stains from cats and dogs can cause damage to your pristine carpets in varying degrees. Despite what you may believe not all urine is created equally!

Urine content can vary depending on diet, medications, age, health, sex and reproductive cycles of your pet. Here is how pet urine can damage your carpet and mitigated. Pet urine, if left unattended, can damage carpet in several ways.  One aspect that many individuals overlook is that the moisture from urine can weaken adhesives allowing delamination of the back material of carpet. If your little critter is having frequent “accidents” more severe damage can occur to the carpet. Most pets are attracted to the seams of the carpet and unfortunately separation of the seams by pet urine is one of the most common complaints that we run into to. Urine can also change the color of dyes used in carpet. It’s no surprise that lighter colors are more greatly affected by pet urine but even dark colors can be affected by urine.

Treating Urine Stains

While it is tough to completely remove urine stains without having a certified carpet cleaning service like AZ Hydro Pro there are a few measures that can be taken to mitigate the damage before calling in a professional. If the urine is fresh, blot the damp areas with plain white paper towels and utilize liquid dish washing detergent that does not contain bleach mixed with a cup of warm water. Do not use any products that contain bleach as they could further damage the carpet which can be irreversible. However, before you put any chemicals into your carpet check the warranty to make sure you are not going to void it.