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Many pet owners struggle with one common issue. From time to time, cats and dogs will urinate on carpet. Pet urine is an especially problematic issue because urine contains several chemical components. It also absorbs into the carpet and possibly into the pad and floor beneath depending on the amount. The real odor problem is ultimately caused by uric acid. This is why we recommend a good quality enzymatic cleaning product. Enzymes will break down uric acids that have crystallized. The problem is that most people buy an enzyme cleaner and only spray it on the surface. For an enzymatic cleaner to work it needs to get everywhere the urine is which may require the carpet to be thoroughly doused.
Enzymatic cleaners also require time. When the enzymes react with the urine gasses are created which requires some evaporation and dry time which is why the instructions on these products recommend sitting for hours.
The Next problem is finding all of the areas a pet may have actually urinated. Short of crawling around on hands and knees the answer to this is a good quality black light. Urine will "fluoresce" under a black light and dimly glow a white color. Some cleaners that treat carpet may give a false positive as they will fluoresce too but you can tell the difference because these spots will glow much brighter.
In order to see urine stains you need a good quality black light that shows uv light in the lower nanometer spectrum of UV light which is around 260-280 nanometers. But where can you get a good quality black light?
Our good friends at Globright.com have several models to choose from for urine searching. Bear in mind the darker the room the easier it will be to find. The bigger and brighter the light, the further you can be from the carpet. Take a look at the models below: (you will be taken to another website globright.com.)
This is a 9 LED black light flash light. It's handy and bright enough to detect pet stains from a standing position.
This is a 21 LED black light flash light. It's handy and bright enough to detect pet stains from a standing position. With more LED's it will be brighter and have a wider beam
This is a 51 LED black light flash light. It's handy and bright enough to detect pet stains from a standing position. This light has 51 LED's bright enough that other carpet cleaners use this in the industry when they look for pet stains.
This light is a fluorescent tube based model It is more economical than a flash light but the room may need to be darker and you may have to get closer to the carpet to find urine stains.
This light is a fluorescent tube based model also and It too is more economical than a flash light and it also fits in any standard lamp.
We hope this handy guide has helped you learn a bit more about urine stains and how to deal with them. Of course if you are in our service area you can call us for cleaning as well.
Our dog Sophie. a repeat offender of urine in our house.