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How should I clean and maintain my area rugs? Fort Worth, TX

Area rug cleaning is a topic with very little accurate information readily available on the web.  Below are just a few of the questions we see regarding rugs.

•   Can my rugs be spot cleaned the same as my installed carpet?
•   Can I use the same products and procedures to maintain my rugs as my installed carpet?
•   Can urine and stains be removed from area rugs?
•   Can my rugs be cleaned in home?
•   What does it cost to clean my area rug?
•   What should I look for when buying an area rug?

First, let’s break rugs into 2 general categories – synthetic and natural fiber (including blends).

Synthetics:

One of the most common synthetic fiber used in rugs today is polypropylene.  Nylon and polyester are also common synthetics.   Many of the rugs from a Home Depot, Lowe’s and other big box stores are manufactured with one of these fibers.  We can perform burn tests with a sample fiber to confirm, but start with the manufacturers tag typically located on one of the corners on the rug backing to identify fiber type.  Most synthetic rugs can be cleaned with the same chemistry, temperature and technology as a residential installed, nylon, polyester or olefin.  Care must be taken with edges and fringe, but spot removal and cleaning is typically accomplished through hot water extraction (steam cleaning) and can be performed in home.  While more expensive than cleaning installed carpet, synthetic area rugs are relatively inexpensive to clean.  Lifespan and characteristics are the same as synthetic installed carpets.

Natural Fibers:

Wool, silk and cotton are some of the more common natural fibers used in rug manufacturing for 100’s of years.  Hand-knotted, Machine Woven and Hand-Tufted rugs are the most common.  There are some semi-synthetics that must be treated as natural fibers as well that are outside the scope of this article.  Dense natural fiber rugs, unlike synthetic, have the ability to hold pounds of dry soil while looking clean.  Natural fiber rugs are also more prone to dye bleed and color loss when subjected to heat or alkalinity and sometimes moisture.  These characteristics affect how these rugs are cleaned.  See more detail about Ripley’s Rug Revival System here!  This means only wool safe products should be used on wool fiber rugs.  Most grocery store spotters should NOT be used on your natural fiber rugs.  Risk of color loss, dye bleed and fiber damage are real considerations.  While maintaining these rugs is more complicated and more expensive, this is because they can last a lifetime.  Wool is naturally fire-retardant, wear resistant and simply a different caliber of textile.  It is more of an investment than a polypropylene rug.  Unfortunately, the manufacturing process of these rugs is not regulated or restricted, so low quality copies have sprung up in import stores everywhere.  While the look may be similar to a high end rug, cleaning can be a real challenge and should be left to the experts.  A $500 Pottery Barn Rug may be more challenging and risky to clean than a 50 year old antique rug worth $10,000.  Purchase cost does not dictate clean cost.  A relatively inexpensive wool tufted rug may cost close to replacement value to clean because of what’s involved, but remember you likely spend more dry cleaning your dress shirt over it’s lifetime than the shirt cost, without thinking twice.  If it’s an inexpensive rug that you’re not particularly crazy about, you may choose to treat is as disposable.  But if you value the time you spent hunting for that perfect color mix and pattern for your decor, it may make sense to bite the bullet and have it professionally cleaned to avoid the hassles of disposal and replacement.  PLEASE don’t have your wool rugs steam cleaned.  Professional cleaning can range from $3-6++ per square foot and should only be trusted to a company that knows how to handle your investment properly.

ALL RUGS should be vacuumed frequently.  If you’re curious how much dry soil your natural fiber rug is hiding, flip it face down and vacuum the back.  You will be amazed at what that minor vibration from the beater bar will shake out of your rug.  This means it’s time for a professional clean!  Synthetics show their soil much more readily.  Spot cleaning for any type of carpet is difficult unless the carpet or rug has just been cleaned.  Too often, after the rug dries, customers see a nice clean spot where the spot was removed and a full clean is needed.  It’s also important to rotate your rugs to vary the traffic pattern and exposure to sunlight to balance the wear.  A quality felt rug pad will extend the life of your rug and provide a more “quality” feel.  We can treat most stains and odor including urine if you don’t wait too long.  When selecting a rug, keep in mind that synthetics are cheaper to maintain and more stain resistant, but have a much more limited lifespan and lower quality feel.  Kids rooms and patios are more suited for synthetics.  Natural fiber rugs can compliment a decor like a piece of fine furniture without breaking the bank.  From $200-$20,000+, these rugs can vary in quality and craftsmanship but will typically outlast a synthetic fiber when properly maintained.  It’s not uncommon to see a hand-knotted wool rug passed through 3-4 generations.

Give us a call for a free estimate on any of your rug cleaning needs.  We can also offer advice on what type of rug to purchase for various uses.  817-438-7RUG (784)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s the best way to clean hardwood floors? – Fort Worth, TX

Hardwood flooring is a popular residential and commercial flooring option that, if properly maintained, can offer many years of service.  Unfortunately, there’s not much good information on how to properly maintain your floors.  Many flooring manufacturers have paid relationships endorsing different product lines leading consumers to believe a particular brand is the only product that “works” on their floors.  I’m here to clear up some of the myths and misconceptions and give some real world advice on how to properly care for your investment.

DON’TS

First, let’s cover some things NOT to use on your floors.

NO ACRYLIC WAX.

Never use anything containing acrylic wax.  Although it is often referred to as a “wax,” it is not like the Johnson’s Paste Wax discussed below.  This class of products is more similar to the glossy hardening waxes used on vinyl square tiles seen in schools and department stores.  These products require routine maintenance, stripping and re-waxing.  Many of the Orange Glo and Quick Shine type products rely on this type of coating to revive tired floors.  Unfortunately this coating is not a urethane like was applied to the floors initially.  While it may look ok in the beginning, it can cloud, scratch, peel and look terrible in no time.  These products have to be stripped before a proper clean and urethane coating can be applied often doubling the cost of your maintenance.  Anything that adds a sheen to your floors should be a red flag.  Look closely at the picture below.  The rug has been shifted back diagonally to reveal the effects of Bona, a popular hardwood product sold in big box stores.  The matte finished area that was under the rug is what the floor is supposed to look like.  The shiny coating in the foreground is product buildup from routine Bona usage.  No other product had been used on the floor.  It was recommended by the homeowner’s flooring manufacturer.  It will have to be stripped before any professional cleaning and coating can be done.  The buildup clouds, holds onto footprints and gets dirt embedded into the coating that is very difficult to clean.

NO PASTE WAX.

While you may have seen your grandmother polish her floors with a small buffer and some Johnson’s Paste Wax, it is definitely NOT recommended any more.  The wax buildup behaves similarly to the acrylic wax coatings holding onto dirt and footprints.  Unfortunately, once floors have been waxed with a paste wax, the only real option is to keep waxing or completely sand down to bare wood and refinish.  This won’t be possible with many of the engineered hardwoods, so avoid the hassle and don’t apply paste wax to your floors.

DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOUR FLOORS ARE TOO FAR GONE.

Wood floors should be professionally cleaned and coated every 1-2 years.  Proper maintenance can extend the life of engineered floors significantly and can extend the time between refinishes on solid hardwoods.

 

DO’S

So what CAN you do to maintain your floors?  Below are some things you SHOULD DO to maintain your investment.

SWEEP AND VACUUM ROUTINELY.

Dry soil is like sandpaper on your flooring.  Routine removal is required to slow the wear on the floor’s urethane coating.  More sweeping and vacuuming means less wear.  Even if the floors look ok, they should be routinely swept or vacuumed.  The same goes for carpet.  Modern robotic vacuums can be a real help with hardwood maintenance.  If you have a significant amount of wood flooring, I would seriously consider a robotic vacuum.

DAMP MOP WITH NEUTRAL FLOOR CLEANER

A simple neutral pH floor cleaner labeled for hardwood use should be used with a microfiber mop to maintain your floors between professional cleans.  Always sweep first.  We recommend and carry the Squeaky Floor Care System.  Avoid anything that ADDS SHINE.  The only “shine” should be the original floor sheen that is revealed by effective removal of dulling soils.  Squeaky will never have to be stripped.  We use Squeaky as a part of our professional floor cleaning process prior to applying a urethane coating.

Squeaky Floor System

PROFESSIONALLY CLEAN AND COAT.

Our process rejuvenates tired floors and extends the time between refinishes.  Many modern engineered hardwoods are actually a hardwood veneer that may not even be possible to refinish.  Proper maintenance with our “Clean and Coat” process replenishes the urethane layer you are wearing off with each passing day, effectively turning a 7 year floor into a 10-12 year floor with none of the dust and delays of a full “refinish.”  Utilizing state-of-the-art machines and a multi-step process, we clean embedded dirt from deep within the grain of the wood and apply a thin urethane coating to replace the layer you have worn off.  The floors are usable almost immediately without the dust, delays and headaches of a refinish.  But don’t wait too long.  Cleaning and Coating every 1-2 years will greatly extend the life of your floors.  The picture on the left is dirty cleaning solution extracted from a 2 year old hardwood floor!  The picture on the right is some typical before and after results.

Hardwood Cleaning Hardwood Cleaning

Fill out our FREE ONLINE ESTIMATE REQUEST on the top right of your screen for a free quote on your hardwoods or other cleaning needs!  Or just give us a call at 817-56CLEAN (25326).

Pet Odor Removal Fort Worth – Keys to success

Since we are one of the few true GREEN cleaners in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex, we see more than our fair share of pet issues.  Most pet owners aren’t even fully aware of the extent of the problem or if one exists at all.  It’s extremely important to do a thorough inspection of any home with pets (or a history of pets) prior to any clean.  Then we can devise a plan for dealing with any odors or stains.

Cat Urine Removal

UV URINE DETECTION (Invisible to the naked eye)

UV Black lights can be a valuable tool in identifying urine contamination, but may not work in all circumstances.  Brightly lit rooms, certain color carpets and diligent homeowners that have tried to clean up accidents may make urine contamination difficult to identify.  This is why it’s important to confirm contamination with a moisture meter.   Urine can continue to be visible under a blacklight even after treatment even years and multiple cleanings later. It only takes a microscopic amount of urine proteins to continue to be visible under UV light even though there is no odor, bacteria or visible evidence with the naked eye.  Urine is usually a SUBSURFACE problem, not limited to just the carpet fibers.  This is why a typical surface steam clean isn’t enough to remove odor.  While the surface may have been sanitized, the pad, backing and sub-floor are the source of continued odor.  A proper steam clean should never wet the pad or backing, so subsurface urine goes untreated.  Additionally, urine in the pad and backing typically dries to a “salt”.  If you pulled the carpet back you often reveal areas that look similar to a sweaty ball cap.  This salt acts as a desiccant, pulling moisture from the surrounding air.  It’s not enough moisture to “feel,” but it will often trigger the meter indicating it is enough to support mold growth.  This is why a surface treatment for urine is usually not enough.  The urine salts attack carpet glues and backing and can support mold growth.  They need to be neutralized and/or flushed out whenever possible.

Oxidizers, Enzymes, Pairing Agents, Disinfectants and Encapsulates can all be effective methods to attack urine contamination when performed properly.  Treatments MUST be tailored to the severity, location, fiber type, age and quantity of contamination.  There is no “one-size-fits-all” spray and leave treatment for most urine issues.  As a homeowner, the best you can do is use a wet dry vac and follow the “wet spill” info on our Tips Page until you can get a professional out to properly deal with the problem.  Notice that nowhere have I mentioned “deodorizers or perfumes” as an option.  Why?  The answer is simple….THEY DON’T WORK.  Many of you have payed big bucks for a “pet treatment’ that was simply a heavy perfume that masked the problem for a few days.  Odor has to be attacked at it’s source and either killed, modified at a molecular level or neutralized and removed.  Masking urine odors with cherry or lemon scent is a short term solution that ultimately leaves you with a lemony urine stench at best.

Odor Extraction

SUBSURFACE treatment and extraction in action

Our preferred method is to saturate the carpet, pad and sub-floor with a powerful oxidizer, let it do it’s work for 15-30 minutes and then use special flood extractors to flush and remove.  This attacks stain and odor in one shot, but is also the most expensive method.  If the problem is chronic and widespread, enzyme treatments may be a more cost effective option.  While they take longer to work and may not be quite as effective as the oxidizer they do offer some residual value.  Enzymes don’t die when they run out of food (urine) and moisture, they simply go dormant.  If the pet returns, they reactivate offering some residual impact.

Another often missed aspect of urine contamination is the effect on factory and aftermarket stain protectors.  Urine is a great stripper of stain guard.  It is therefore, very important to treat contaminated fibers with a stain guard immediately following treatment or future accidents may leave permanent stains.  While we may be able to address future odors, if you are left with yellow polka dotted carpet, what does it matter?  It’s a relatively inexpensive deterrent for permanent staining.  We utilize the world’s first EPA Certified Green carpet protector!

PAD CONTAMINATION is larger than surface damage

Remember, pet treatments are much more involved than a typical clean and will yield extended dry times.  Fortunately the products used to treat the urine also inhibit musty or mildew odors.  The longer the products have to work, the more effective they are.  Avoid foot traffic on treated areas because you can trigger wicking of any minor residual contaminant.  By compressing the pad, you essentially force anything left in the pad to the surface.  This happens naturally as the carpet dries, but is exacerbated by foot traffic.  Minor wicking is a common issue with pet treatments and may require a touchup clean when the carpet it dry.  If you solve the ongoing problem with potty training or removing the pet from the affected areas, it’s a good idea to have a thorough clean to remove any treatment residues and get the carpet back to it’s pre-contaminated state.  We are a soap and residue free cleaner and are very aware that ANY residue attracts soil.  It’s a necessary evil when dealing with pet issues, but if the problem has been solved, it’s a good idea to have a thorough residue free clean to remove any remaining treatment products.

Unfortunately there are no miracle cures for pet urine sold at your local pet or feed store.  And PLEASE don’t use vinegar on your carpets, no matter what the internet has told you.  Vinegar sets dyes.   If ANY color exists in the stain, you will likely set the stain permanently.  Simply spraying or pouring vinegar on urine, feces or vomit WILL NOT WORK!

Give us a call.  Advice and estimates are free, mistakes can be costly.

Furniture Moving and Carpet Cleaning

It is a common misconception to think that every piece of furniture needs to be removed from a room prior to a professional carpet cleaning.  Since we rarely have storage space, time or energy to empty our homes of all belongings, the end result is often not scheduling a clean that you really need.  First, understand that it is a completely normal to clean AROUND larger furniture items.  Areas under beds, dressers, couches and recliners do not need to be cleaned as frequently as your traffic lanes and exposed areas of carpet.  Think about it.  You have zero foot traffic under your dresser or couch, so why not wait until you rearrange furniture to address the areas that were previously inaccessible.  Don’t over-think the preparation for a clean.  It is much more important to clean the exposed areas twice a year, than it is to stress over the lower traffic areas under beds, entertainment centers etc.  Second, modern low-profile carpet wands can reach under many furniture items.  We can typically access areas under beds, coffee tables etc with at least 3 inches of clearance.  If you have a nearby tiled area and you frequently rearrange your living room, of course you can slide some furniture out of the way for cleaning.  Ripley Services will move items like couches, love seats and chairs (upon request) for you with our Gold Package and above.

Another common mistake is moving furniture out of it’s normal position prior to a clean.  All too often we clean a home where the nightstands are pulled out, couches pushed forward etc.  I presume this is a diligent homeowner wanting the areas behind and under furniture cleaned.  Unfortunately, what you have really done is COVER your worst traffic areas.  If you are working with a company that doesn’t move any furniture, then you get the area behind a nightstand cleaned, but the dirty area that is right in front of it that you covered, stays dirty.  In order to perform a proper preclean inspection, we need to see your normal traffic patterns and we need longer dwell time for our cleaning solution to emulsify the heavily soiled traffic lanes.  If you are concerned about an area behind or under furniture, don’t move it in advance, simply ask your technician to clean the areas of concern.  If they don’t move furniture, you will be informed and can move it yourself if desired, but you won’t undermine the rest of the clean.  Ripley Services is happy to move items like nightstands, recliners etc upon request.

Dryer Vent Cleaning Keller

Dryer Vent Cleaning in process

Removed from another dryer vent

SYMPTOMS OF A DIRTY DRYER VENT

  1. Extended dry times (running your dryer for longer cycles to get the same results)
  2. Recent thermostat replacement (always clean as a precaution after dryer repair)
  3. New dryer that STILL doesn’t seem to dry right
  4. Excessive dust or lint around the dryer
  5. Lint piles noticed where the dryer vent exits the house
  6. Unusually hot in the laundry room when the dryer runs (blockage may be preventing the exhaust of hot air)

Dryer vent cleaning AND air duct cleaning are two things often overlooked until there is a problem.  The first thing that typically happens when lint builds up in the dryer vent is dry times are extended.  Most people either don’t realize or just think their dryer is getting old.  If you continue to operate without cleaning, the next thing to go is typically the thermostat in the dryer.  This repair alone typically far exceeds the cost of a professional dryer vent clean and we aren’t even considering the increased utility costs from running your towels through extended cycles to get them dry.  Keep in mind, you don’t have to have a complete blockage for there to be a problem.  In fact, I would say that is fairly rare.  If your dryer isn’t on an exterior wall where it immediately exits the house, you NEED to have it professionally cleaned EVERY YEAR.  It’s a major fire hazard, wastes electricity and prematurely wears your dryer components.  I can’t tell you how many times we are called in AFTER a customer has purchased a new dryer only to find out the problem all along was the dryer vent.  Don’t make the same mistake.  CALL NOW 817-563-5326 or fill out the FREE online estimate form to the right and give as much detail as you can about your problem.  We will thoroughly clean your dryer vent, the hose connecting your dryer to the wall and the back of the dryer.  Plus, we will inspect your setup for other problems.

If you experience ANY of the above symptoms or if you have recently purchased an existing home, PLEASE CALL NOW to discuss.  Advice is free.  Not following it, could be costly.

Tile Cleaning Fort Worth

Tile and grout cleaning

Tile and grout cleaning is a task often attempted by homeowners only to discover how back-breaking, tedious and time consuming a task it can be.  If you’re reading this post, you’ve probably been there with the latest and greatest “miracle cleaner” and a toothbrush on your hands and knees.  You clean a filthy spot in front of the refrigerator, mortified to see the difference you’ve made in just a few minutes of scrubbing and decide to tackle the job yourself.  A few hours into the project, you realize that you are only able to achieve acceptable results if you clean a few square feet an hour!  Unfortunately, your average kitchen and breakfast area is 200 sq. ft alone!  Tile and grout cleaning is a task best left to the professionals with proper equipment.  It’s one of those tasks that if you’ve ever tried it yourself, you quickly realize it’s worth every penny you pay to have it done professionally.  So what’s different about the way you may have tried to clean and the way Ripley Services cleans tile and grout?  Almost EVERYTHING.  While we do use a cleaning solution and a stand-up grout brush to scrub your grout lines and tile, this is only the beginning of the process.  Our stiff bristled grout brushes are designed to take the full weight of our body when scrubbing your grout lines, which a tooth brush or handheld grout brush CANNOT handle.  We are using professionally formulated cleaners tailored to your type of tile and grout…not bleach, not vinegar, and not baking soda.  AND AGAIN, this is only the first part of the clean.  What follows next is the key.  We use the world’s most powerful truckmount to drive a device called a “spinner”  to essentially perform a hot-water, power wash of your tile and grout.  With temperatures exceeding 230 degrees and water pressure in the 800-1000 psi range, your tile and grout are safely cleaned under the protective dome of the spinner (see pic 2).  The dirt and oils that have been loosened and emulsified by the grout brushes and cleaning solution are blasted and sucked out to the truck.  As the spinner passes over your tile, it’s true colors are revealed.  The pictures above show actual customer homes during and after cleans.  The high heat and high pressure cleans and sanitizes in a way that a toothbrush and some “miracle solution” simply cannot do AT ANY SPEED.  The tile and grout are almost completely dry after the spinner makes a cleaning pass.  The next step is to seal the grout.  Again, this is a task many homeowners have tried themselves.  While it’s not particularly technical, the products available at your local hardware store are typically water-based and EXPENSIVE.  Since proper tools aren’t available to the average homeowner, product waste is a major factor.  Since a quality water-based grout sealer typically runs $100-150 per gallon at hardware store, this can be an expensive mistake.  Most water-based sealers are not particularly long lasting either.  Ripley Services uses a solvent based sealer applied directly to the grout line with very little waste.   While you can opt for a straight clean with no sealer, you virtually guarantee permanent staining and wear if left unprotected.

If you are in the Fort Worth area and frustrated with the condition of your tile and grout.  There’s no need to suffer through manually cleaning your floors on your hands and knees, only to find out you have inconsistent results AT BEST.  Give us a call or fill out the Free Online Estimate form to the right today!   817-56CLEAN OR CLICK HERE  to read more.

Serving Keller, Southlake, Grapevine, Fort Worth, Mid Cities and surrounding areas since 2001.

Natural Allergy Relief Treatment Options

Anyone that lives in the Dallas – Fort Worth area knows that it is one of the worst places for allergy sufferers.  We are constantly faced with customers looking for natural allergy relief treatment options that are safe and effective.  Good news!  You don’t have to move to get some relief!  We have several remedies for allergy and asthma sufferers.  A thorough Air Duct Cleaning with our state-of-the-art equipment is a good place to start and probably our most common request from homeowners plagued with breathing problems and excessive dust.  While this is an important step in reducing airborne allergens, it is only one component in our whole house ALLERGY ATTACK PLAN.

Carpet and Upholstery are major contributors to indoor air quality.  Dust mite feces, pet dander, pollen and bacteria trapped in your carpets, rugs, mattresses and furniture are too often overlooked when formulating an effective allergy relief plan.  You spend as much as one third of your life in bed, but when was the last time you had your mattress professionally cleaned?  We offer a thorough, high-heat steam clean that penetrates deep into your carpet and upholstery.  Utilizing the world’s most powerful truck mounted equipment and a soap free GREEN cleaning process, Ripley Services attacks your allergies at the source by removing embedded soil, dust, pollen, bacteria and dust mite feces.  After a thorough clean of your carpet, area rugs, upholstery and mattresses we deploy the final weapon in our fight against allergies.  Our Allergy Relief Treatment is an all natural, botanical extract designed to denature the structure of any remaining allergens, making them “invisible” to the body’s immune system.  This process alleviates the body’s allergic response (an allergy attack).  With up to a 6 month residual effect, the treatment keeps working after we leave.

Low cost carpet cleaning Fort Worth

Can a cheap carpet cleaner do the same work as an expensive cleaner?  It’s certainly not necessary to choose the highest priced cleaner in the market to guarantee the cleanest carpets. BUT, choosing the lowest cost cleaner is a sure way to guarantee BAD results and carpets in worse condition than before cleaning! There is a certain price point that a Professional Carpet Cleaner WITH PROPER EQUIPMENT can do an effective job properly cleaning your carpets. That price is NOT $10 a room. Consider this.  It takes fuel to get to your home, fuel to run truck mounted equipment, chemical costs, equipment maintenance costs, drive time and cleaning labor. So how can a carpet cleaner afford to do business at the extremely low “TEASER RATES” or whole house specials they advertise. Easy…THEY CAN’T! They either rely on “up-selling” the customer with “extras” that should have been included in the first place and high pressure sales or they won’t be in business long term. Ripley Services’ pricing structure is on the low end of the industry, BUT we guarantee to out clean anyone at any price!  You will get the most bang for your buck.  Complete the free online estimate form on the right or give us a call and we will quote you a quality carpet clean.

New Carpet Cleaning Packages!

We’ve simplified our carpet cleaning options and now offer 3 Packages –  Silver, Gold & Platinum.  We still offer anything you want a la carte, but the packages combine the most commonly requested options at a discount!  Silver is our standard soap & residue free clean, comparable to most DELUXE cleans at places like Dalworth.  The Gold package is our most popular and adds Green Guard Carpet Protector to all areas PLUS a room of choice speed dried!  Platinum adds edge cleaning (with a special tool) as needed, drying fans on ALL rooms PLUS a 6 month Spot & Spill Warranty.  So even if YOU spill something after we leave and can’t get it up with our free spotter, we’ll come back for 6 months for FREE!  Fill out the free online estimate form and indicate which package you prefer in the additional information section and we’ll shoot you a quote asap.

Pet Urine Removal Keller

A common issue for pet owners is dealing with occasional accidents on carpet.  We love our animals, but the messes they create can be a real challenge to properly handle.  With so much information and misinformation on the net, many are left doing nothing for fear of doing something wrong.  First let’s go over a few DON’TS!

DON’T

Don’t use vinegar on pet accidents on carpet.  I suspect this recommendation comes from vinegar’s disinfecting properties.  The problem with vinegar is that it is also an acid.  We use vinegar to set Easter Egg dyes and tye dyes.  Acids set dyes.  Many pet accidents include food dyes.  Avoid vinegar to avoid creating a permanent stain.

Don’t rent a Rug Doctor.  With under powered vacuums and extremely soapy cleaning solutions you will create a bigger mess.

Don’t use enzymes for large urine stains.  Enzymes like Nature’s Miracle are “OK” for small urine spots, but they require large amounts of the enzyme, with proper temperatures and dwell time to have any real impact on the odor.  Keep in mind enzymes are NOT particularly effective on stains.  They are designed to combat odor.  Disinfectants are much more effective.

Don’t use household disinfectants on carpet.  While disinfectants are very effective in dealing with urine odors and are the preferred method in hospitals and veterinary clinics, most are NOT carpet friendly.  The pictures below are from a customer that returned from a short trip to discover their cat had separation anxiety and urinated heavily in the traffic lane behind the living room couch.  In a panic, the customer poured Lysol disinfectant on the spots to knock down the odor.  She woke up the next day horrified to see the effects Lysol had on the carpet and called us.  The smell was almost gone, but the residue and oils in the Lysol that make it incompatible with carpet left a larger mess.  Fortunately, we got to it quick enough to restore the carpet to like new!

pet odor removal

DO’S

So what CAN you do when faced with a pet “pee” spot.  The first thing to keep in mind is “the solution to pollution is dilution.”  What does this mean?  Grab a wet/dry vac and drizzle warm water on the spot WHILE VACUUMING.  Your goal is to flush out as much of the urine contamination as possible without over wetting.  Of course you won’t have the professional strength vacuum pressure or tools of our truck mount, but this is a good temporary fix until you can have the spot professionally cleaned.  If you have a disinfectant compatible with carpet like Ripley’s Odor Killer Extreme, then treating would be your next step.  Simply laying a towel on the spot and compressing is pushing the urine deeper into the pad and creating a problem that cannot be solved with household tools and equipment.  Of course you can always give us a call for advice.  Pet treatments don’t have to be expensive.  Waiting too long to deal with it will increase the risk of permanent damage that no one can repair.

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