Dogs and cats may beour best friends, but not necessarily the best friends of our carpeting, draperies, and upholstery. Neglected animal stains have been a problem ever since people andanimals bondedtogether in harmony.
URINE: There are two types of reactions that can take place between the chemicals in and animal's ureine and those in the dyes an fibers o ftextile furnishings. The first type of reaction is immediately noticeable. Some dyes can change color as soonas urine comes in contact withthem. Often the original color an be restored by immediate application of the standard ammonia solution
- STANDARD SOLUTIONS: Test these solutions first by applying a small amount in an inconspicuous area to determine its effect on the fiver and dye. Wait thirty minutes to an hour to see if any color changes or other problems may arise.
- Standard white vinegar solution: one part white vinegar to two parts water.
- Standard ammonia solution: one tablespoon clear or sudsy, uncolored household ammonia in one cup of water.
- Standard detergent solution: one teaspoon neutral white or colorless detergent in a cup of lukewarm water. Make sure the detergent is bleach free!
The next time you encounter an animal accident . immediately absorb as much liquid as possible. Treat the area with the standard detergent solution(ABOVE). Absorb this into white towels. Then blot the area with the standard ammonia solution. Again absorb this into toweling. Then blot the area with the standard vinegar solution. Absorb the area with towels (WHITE) until it is a s dry as possible. Place several dry white terry cloths over the area and weigh down. Allow to dry a minimum of six hours.
FECES: Pet feces tend to be easier to deal with than urine. Compact deposits can be quickly removed with a plastic bag. The surface should then be cleaned with the standard detergent solution and blotted dry. Rinse the area with water and blot again. Follow this treatment with a disinfectant recommended by your veterinarian.
Loose feces require the same clean-up procedure as described above for fresh urine removal. This should also be followed with an application of disinfectant . If your pets food contains red dye to make it look meatier. this could leave a red discoloration at the site of the accident. A professional cleaner may be able to remove this.
A word of caution: some disinfectants may cause discoloration of textile furnishings.
GENERAL INFORMATION: If immediate action is taken to remove the animal stains, little or no change in color should occur and the accident will not become apparent after your carpet or other textile has been professionally cleaned.
However, if the pet accident is forgotten or never discovered,it will return to haunt you. Dried urine will smell like strong ammonia and humidity is high or when the spot is re-wetted. Feces and urine can contain harmful bacteria. A spot that is small on the surface of the carpeting is often may times larger on the underside. The urine can damage both dyes and textile fivers as described. above. The change usually isn't noticed until the textile furnishing is cleaned. The damage caused by aged urine generally requires professional restoration, possibly color tinting, and sometimes removal of the of fading carpet and cushion.
A professional cleaner has methods available to minimize the discoloration, disinfect the area and reduce the smell. It is often impossible,hover, to completely restore the original appearance of a textile furnishing. that has been damaged with aged pet urine.