Pet Clean-Up


Let’s face it – we love our pets, but indoor pets can wreak havoc on a floor! No matter how well-trained or well-behaved your beloved pet is, messes are inevitable:

* Vomit

* Feces

* Urine

These nasty little surprises can cause smelly, unsightly stains that can ruin your day and wreck the atmosphere in your home, making it feel decidedly ‘less-homey’ that you want your home to feel. Even after cleaning, the smell left behind is intolerable, and can make everyone in your home miserable.

The smell is bad enough, but pet excrement can damage your carpets and other flooring – leaving permanent stains if spots are not removed quickly and the area properly treated; and chemical processes happening deep within your carpet’s fibers will eventually fade your carpet’s dye and cause permanent discoloration that cannot be repaired. To make matters even worse, smells left behind from even one incident only provoke your pet to return to the same area again and again when getting outside isn’t an option.

Also (and this cannot be overstated), it’s quite obvious that pet messes create an unhealthy environment in your home - and can present a health risk to you and your children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that pet urine can be an allergic irritant, which may trigger an asthmatic reaction in children and adults. Plus, pet messes are incubators for germs and bacteria, and small children who crawl or play on the floor are particularly susceptible to these tiny little monsters. Worse yet, a little known zoonotic disease (diseases that can pass between animals and humans), known as leptospirosis, can infect your child if toys touch the contaminated flooring where a pet has relieved itself and then the child puts the toy in his or her mouth or touches it to his/her lips. Leptospirosis is a flu-like illiness that has the potential to cause serious health complications, affecting the brain, the liver, or the kidneys.

When your pet’s putrid waste material is first deposited on your floor, the pH balance of the material is 5 or 6 – on the acidic side of the pH scale. The time to address the issue and remove it is RIGHT NOW! When it dries, it transforms into an alkaline – 10 or 12 on the pH scale – and becomes much more difficult to remove. Keep in mind that the warm, acidic state of pet urine is a prime breeding medium for colonies of bacteria – which begin to to thrive immediately. The excrement begins to oxidize and turns into ammonia as pet urine passes through natural chemical changes, reacting with the carpet dye and instigating a color change that will quickly become permanent if not dealt with immediately. Even after soluble residue is removed, irreparable damage to the carpet’s coloring may have already been done. It cannot be stated strongly enough how important it is to address the issue as soon as possible.

Left inadequately treated, the smell associated with pet urine can permeate your entire house, even eventually working its odorous way into your sub-flooring, walls, woodwork, and even the framework of your house, making eliminating the residual odor practically impossible. Pet urine is an even greater problem when the relative humidity is high. Salts and crystals formed as urine dries are hydrophilic, meaning that they draw water to themselves, and as the water evaporates, reeking ammonia gas is released. To get rid of the odor, it is absolutely imperative to eradicate the urine salts in the carpet’s fibers and in the padding underneath the carpeting. This is why cleaning existing urine spots that you see on the surface of your floor with only the methods a layperson has at home will not remove the foul odor. Cleaning with over-the-counter cleaners and water may actually increase the odor as the water vaporizes – and the higher the humidity is in the house, the longer the agitated smell can linger.

But all is not lost - Steam Wright Cleaning is here for you! When you put us to the task, we’ll first determine the source of the pet odor that is disturbing the atmosphere of your home. Then we’ll treat your floors with uniquely designed, high-tech cleaning and deodorizing products that contain very special enzymes – powerful catalysts that immediately induce a chemical reaction that will begin to break down and destroy microscopic residue and the odors associated with pet messes. (The eco-friendly products that we use are certified green, non-toxic and safe for children and pets.) Most cleaning processes can only mask pet odor, but our products go straight to the molecular level, permeating carpet fibers and breaking down the crystalline remnants of pet excrement. Then the area is thoroughly cleaned, using a deep-cleaning carbonating agent; and any liquid or urine crystals are extracted, using hot water and our truck-mounted cleaning tool. Over the next 24 hours or so, the special enzyme-rich treatment solutions that we use to clean and deodorize your floor will continue dissolving any residual microscopic odor-causing elements deep within your carpet’s fibers and padding – leaving your carpet smelling clean and fresh and pH balanced – and restoring your home to a healthy state of clean. While we’re there, be sure to ask us how to treat future pet accidents so that you can keep your home clean and safe.

Don’t wait. Call today and ask about our Pet Cleaning Service for a free consultation and professional estimate.