Removing Pet Urine From Carpeting

Our pets don’t understand why we make such a big deal out of a little urine on the carpet.  To animals, urine is an important social tool that’s used as a calling card and can serve as a mate attractant or a territorial warning.  Urine lets other members of the species know important information regarding their gender, age, and health.

Animal urine is a rather benign substance.  When it leaves a healthy animal, it’s sterile.  In small amounts and low concentrations, the odor and appearance may be undetectable.  Still, any urine deposit on carpet should be treated appropriately to prevent damage, dry rot, or odor.

If you’re lucky enough to catch the animal in the act, you can pour salt liberally into the urine while it is still wet.  Use enough salt to completely cover the urine.  Let it dry for 8-12 hours and vacuum it away.

But most of the time, the urine is already dry by the time we find it.  Applying a 50% mixture of WHITE vinegar and water, gentle agitation and a thorough rinse may be enough to treat light urine deposits.  Finish the job by placing a folded white towel on the area.  Set a weight, such as a phone book on the towel and leave overnight.  The remaining moisture and residue will be absorbed by the towel.

Once urine contamination has reached the point where it has penetrated the carpet and the padding, removal of the odor becomes more difficult.  Heavy urine deposits are much more challenging to treat and you will need the help of Tru Clean Surface Care.  Why?  Because urine undergoes a dramatic chemical change as it ages.  The water in the urine evaporates and leaves behind organic compounds and salts that become more and more concentrated.

Once urine has dried, bacteria begin to consume the urine and break down the proteins, sugars, and other organics.  During the process of bacterial digestion, the bacteria secrete ammonia and a strong, pungent odor becomes apparent.  The urine turns from a mild acid to a strong alkali.  This strong alkaline deposit attacks the dyes and foundation of the carpeting.  Over time, the dyes can be weakened or removed, causing permanent damage and color loss.

The adhesives used in the carpet backing can be dissolved, and the carpet can literally fall apart and/or dry rot if urine deposits are not addressed.  Permanent damage to concrete and wood subfloors will also result from deep penetration of concentrated urine deposits, requiring additional expensive repairs.  The most critical action to prevent permanent damage is to act quickly when you notice a urine spot.

Tru Clean Surface Care has several techniques available to clean, treat and eliminate pet contamination.   Our technicians are highly trained in recommending the best treatment to combat all forms of urine contamination.

Tru Clean Surface Care is a Certified Partner with the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the International Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI).  In addition, we are A+ rated with the Better Business Bureau and an eight-year-in-a-row-winner of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award.  Our cleaning solutions are allergen-free and safe for pets and small children.

For more information about our pet urine and odor carpet cleaning process, please visit us online at or give us a call anytime at 239-541-4888 – Lee County, 239-206-1935 – Bonita Springs, Naples, and Marco Island or 941-621-2198, Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte Fl.

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