Then, there's the odor. As the acidic urine reacts with the ammonia that is being created, it will form alkaline salt crystals. These salts will absorb moisture from the air and they will remain active. As long as the salts are active, they will produce ammonia gas. This is why the odor that was previously unoticeable becomes very noticeable when you clean your area rug, carpet or upholstery.
But, the good news is that you can have pets and carpeting, too. All it takes is some routine maintenance: regular vacuuming and cleaning up after your pet should it slobber or have an accident. Area rugs will help, too, especially if they are machine washable. They can help protect your carpeting from pet accidents. Just lay area rugs down in your pet's favorite spots to help protect your carpeting and flooring. The most important part of your carpet maintenace plan is is to have them professionally cleaned on a regular basis. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IIRC) recommends that pet owners get their carpets professionally cleaned at least twice annually and as often as once every three months for people with multiple pets.
Steam 'N Clean Carpet Cleaning specializes in cleaning carpets and taking care of pet accidents. We use hot water extraction from truck mount units, which does a much better job of cleaning deep in the carpet fibers, where the odor resides. Additionally, our cleaning process also includes an anti-microbial treatment to make sure the bacteria from the pet urine stays out.
To help stains from future pet accidents, we recommend our Teflon® carpet protector. It will keep the fur, dander, slobber and pet accidents on the surface of your carpet, so it's easier for you to clean up. This will extend the life of your carpet and keep it looking nice for years to come. Each time you call us to clean your carpets, be sure to ask for our Teflon carpet protector to protect your investment for years to come.