Clean as a Whistle

THE WHISTLER Published exclusively for clients of Clean As A Whistle, Inc. MAY 2017 In This Issue Understanding Pet Urine Damage How to Treat a Pet Stain MicroSeal: The Only Permanent Fabric Protector in the World Basic Rug Care Moth Damage CLEAN AS A WHISTLE Houston’s Premier Cleaners of Carpets, Fabrics, Rugs and Floors Since 1984 Our Mission: “To provide you with the most outstanding service experience ever!” Premium Carpet Cleaning Upholstery Cleaning Carpet & Fabric Protection Tile & Grout Cleaning and Sealing Natural Stone Honing, Polishing, Cleaning & Sealing Pet Stain and Odor Removal Hardwood Floor Cleaning Oriental & Area Rug Cleaning Drapery Cleaning 713-784-4648 281-354-9900 (Kingwood) www.cleanasawhistlehouston.com info@cleanasawhistlehouston.com Clean As A Whistle 808 Park Two Dr Sugar Land, TX 77478 Understanding Pet Urine Damage Pet urine can cause permanent damage to your floors and fabrics. It can also create an unhealthy, indoor environment. When urine is first deposited onto a floor or fabric, it has a pH of about 5 or 6, which is on the acid side of the pH Scale. It is easier to remove right then when it is fresh. Once it dries it turns “alkaline” or to a high pH between 10 to12 on the scale and becomes more difficult to remove. The warm acid state of the urine offers a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which begin to flourish almost immediately. In this original acid state, the urine begins to oxidize and react with the carpet to create a color change, which will become permanent if the urine is not removed immediately. Some of this color change can be attributed to the strong ammonia that forms as the urine passes through bacterial and chemical change. If left for days or weeks, depending on the fabric or floor type, it will change the dye structure, therefore causing permanent staining. Even if the soluble deposits are removed, the damage to the dye structure may already be done. There are two sources of odors associated with urine. The first comes from bacteria that grow abundantly in dark warm places with a never-ending food source. A pet can feed the bacteria daily! This bacteria growth and breakdown of the urine creates amino acids. These complex organic compounds will often work deep into the fibers to a point of becoming part of the fiber. This can present a challenging situation. The waste materials and gases from the decomposing urine create an unpleasant odor. When dried urine is remoistened, it gives off an ammonia gas. If smelled once it is seldom forgotten. The second source of odor is chemical odor that is present even when the Continued on next page }