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Here's How to Remove Pet Odor From Carpet

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Jul 10, 2018 1:16:24 PM

There is something you never want to smell in your home: pet urine.

That’s because once it’s there, it can be really tough to get rid of.

The number one question we’re asked by our customers is, Can pet urine odors be removed from carpet?

The answer: YES!

Testing your carpet for odor damage

Urine odors can come from all the areas that are affected, whether you do nothing to treat the carpet or use DIY methods.

A professional carpet cleaner will first investigate the severity of the affected area to determine if the odor soaked through to the back of the carpet, the carpet padding, the underlayment, and in rare cases, the wall.  

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The type of carpet you have and its density, fiber material and your pet’s diet dictate the strength of the urine smell and how to best remove the odor.

Here’s how we’ll test your carpet:

  1. Lift the carpet to check if the urine soaked to the backing of the carpet or the underlayment/padding underneath.
  2. Shine a blacklight to highlight the affected areas on the surface of the carpet (when the urine is not visible on the tops of the fibers).
  3. Use a urine sensor to determine the extent of the damage and areas where the urine is located.

How to remove pet odors from your carpet

Once we determine the severity of the damage, we can put a treatment plan into place using the following processes:

  • Light Damage. When the urine remains on the surface of the fibers and the odor is light, we employ professional cleaning of the carpet and a topical enzyme deodorizer.
  • Moderate Damage. When pet urine soaks to the backing of the carpet and pad, we use one or both of these processes processes:
  1. Professional cleaning followed by a sub-floor extraction process and/or injecting an enzyme deodorizer into the backing of the carpet.
  2. Professional cleaning; pulling the carpet to expose the affected area on the backing of the carpet; and cleaning the back of the carpet and treating the backing. Removal and replacement of the padding that has been affected.
  • Heavy Damage. When the pet urine reaches the padding and the wood or concrete floor underneath, and in some instances the wall and baseboard, we employ comprehensive cleaning processes. These include following the steps for moderate damage above, as well as sealing of the floor underneath to trap the odors from escaping. We will also seal and repaint walls and replace trim if necessary.

The majority of the time  – 97% – the odor disappears after the initial treatment; however, there is a rare chance that the odor may need a second treatment before disappearing for good.  

Also, keep in mind that this will not deter the pet from soiling the same area or finding a new area to affect.

Final thoughts

Pet urine odor is often a frustrating and embarrassing problem. It can be costly to treat for homeowners.

On the other hand, many pet odors can be treated. And professionally removing pet odor from carpeting is considerably less expensive than replacing carpet.

Then, you can enjoy your flooring without having to deal with noxious odors.

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