Pet & Odor Damage

Let Ayoub Carpet Service's expert technicians help with Pet or Mold Damage to your Carpets in Arlington, Fairfax, Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C.

Areas with excess moisture and/or a consistent food source can harbor mold or mildew. In addition to causing bad odors, mold or mildew on your carpet and rugs can cause serious health and environmental issues. 

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In order to prevent mold and mildew from developing, carpet and rugs (synthetic or natural) should be kept clean and dry.

First, the source of excess moisture should be identified and controlled as much as possible. In order to ensure all mold is eliminated, it is best to call a professional water restoration cleaner. Ayoub Carpet Service uses the WATER CLAW Sub-Surface Spot Lifter, which flushes contaminants from carpet fibers, backing and pad. In an attempt to remove the pet stain and odor, the ACS technician will apply a spotting solution and perform a sub-surface extraction. 

Pet Damage

As a pet owner, you may find yourself facing a pet urine issue on your flooring or fabrics. Ayoub Carpet Service technicians are experts at treatment and removing urine and other pet stains.

The primary source of odor associated with urine comes from bacteria growing abundantly in dark and warm places with an ample food source. This bacteria growth and breakdown of the urine creates amino acids. These complex organic compounds will often work deep into the fibers until they actually become part of the fibers.

At this point, the odors are very difficult to remove. The waste materials and gases emanating from the decomposing urine create an unpleasant odor. When dried urine is re-moistened, it gives off an unpleasant ammonia gas.

Understanding Urine Damage: Pet urine can cause permanent damage to your floors and fabrics. Pet odor can also create an unhealthy indoor environment. When urine is first deposited onto a carpet or fabric, it has a pH of 5 or 6, which is on the acid side of the pH scale.

The urine is easier to remove when it is fresh. The warm acid state of the urine offers a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which begin to grow immediately. Once the urine dries, it becomes alkaline, reaching a pH of 10 to 12, making it much more difficult to remove.

Two Problems:

1.Stain - Urine can negatively affect the dyes used in carpets, sometimes causing immediate discoloration. In its original acid state, urine begins to oxidize and react with the carpet to cause a color change, also known as a urine stain. As time passes, the pet stain will become increasingly difficult, sometimes impossible to remove. A carpet professional will need to assess the areas of concern in order to determine whether a color restoration treatment is possible.

Pet urine can also damage layers under the carpet, causing separation or delamination of the backing material. Contact Ayoub Carpet Service for help with Pet Stains.

Please note: Household cleaning products (i.e. Resolve, Oxyclean, etc.) may set the stain. We recommend none of these.

 2.Odor - Another problem, especially with cats, is odor. Unless the urine is completely removed, complete odor removal is unlikely. Enzyme products (available at pet stores and veterinary offices) are effective, but better used by a carpet cleaning professional. If the odor cannot be removed, Ayoub Carpet Service can replace the damaged area of carpet. The replacement of cushioning, pads and subflooring may also be necessary.

In high humidity, dormant urine odor can re-emerge. The salts and crystals left behind as the urine dries are hydrophilic, attracting moisture. Once this moisture evaporates, ammonia gas is released into the air. This is why cleaning existing urine stains may not completely remove the associated odor. In fact, it could temporarily increase the odor in the environment.

Contact Ayoub Carpet Service for professional help with pet, mold, mildew and odor damage to the carpet in your home.

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