If Pet urine is not cleaned up correctly cleaning will make the smell much worse. Pet urine can cause permanent damage to your floors and fabrics. It can also create an unhealthy indoor environment in which the bacteria can make a horrible smell. These are difficult to remove. The removal also requires technicians certified by the IICRC.
When urine is first deposited onto a floor or fabric, it has a PH of about 5 or 6, which is on the acid side of the pH Scale. It is easiest to remove right then when it is fresh. This is the reason we suggest calling McArdles as a matter of urgency once this has happened.
If urine dries, it turns into an “alkaline” with a high PH between 10 to 12 on the scale and becomes much harder to remove. The warm acid state of the urine offers a perfect breeding ground for bacteria (often the cause of an odour), which begin to flourish almost immediately. In this original acid state, the urine starts to oxidise and react with the carpet to create a colour change, which will become permanent if the urine is not removed immediately.
Some of this colour change can be attributed to the strong ammonia that forms as the urine passes through bacterial and chemical change. If left for days or weeks, depending on the fabric or floor type, it will change the dye structure, therefore causing permanent staining. Even if the soluble deposits are removed, the damage to the dye structure may already be done and irreversible.
There are two sources of odours associated with urine. The first comes from bacteria that grow abundantly in dark, warm places with a never-ending food source. A pet can feed the bacteria daily! This bacteria growth and breakdown of the urine creates amino acids. These complex organic compounds will often work deep into the fibres to the point of becoming part of the fibre. This can present a challenging situation. The waste materials and gases from the decomposing urine create an unpleasant odour. When dried urine is remoistened, it gives off an ammonia gas, and it is a horrible Smell!
The second source of the odour is a smell that is present even when the bacteria have been eliminated. The salts and crystals that are left behind as the urine dries are hydrophilic and draw water to them. This also presents additional odour problems when the relative humidity is high. Therefore, you need a professional company who knows how to handle and neutralise the odours caused from the urine. Dried urine is often easy to smell in the humid months because the salts attract the moisture, the moisture evaporates putting out a greater proportion of odorous ammonia gas. You must get rid of the urine salts in and under the carpet to get rid of the odour. That’s why cleaning existing urine spots WILL NOT remove any associated odour. In fact, it could INCREASE the odour in the air space for a temporary period.
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McArdles specialises in high-quality bio-enzymatic urine removal processes. We offer a full-service solution which guarantees to remove the odour 100% and a cheaper alternative which we guarantee to improve the smell of the urine.