• Every now and then we get a call from a customer that has shampooed their carpet, and now has a urine smell that wasn’t present prior to the cleaning. This is a frustrating situation for homeowners without pets, or who didn’t smell urine prior to cleaning.

    Why does it smell now?

    Urine has a unique way of hiding. Carpets that have dried urine don’t always smell because the concentration wasn’t high prior to cleaning, or has been in the carpet long enough to air out. However, when water hits the carpet two things happen. First, the bacteria and ammonia in the urine reactivate. Second, the water causes the urine to spread out further. If the shampooing chemicals did not include products designed to treat for urine, or the wrong amount of such a product was used, it can actually make the situation worse than it was prior to cleaning.

    How to get the odor out.

    To get the odor out you must treat for it. Just like laundry carpet is a fabric. Just like our laundry special products are sometimes needed to remove odors. Laundry detergent alone does not always get the smells out. Sometimes you need something stronger. With urine in carpet you need a product that is designed to kill the bacteria and break down the ammonia.

    Once the urine has spread out treating it yourself is very difficult. You must treat everywhere the urine has spread to. You also need a product designed specifically to break down uric salts and ammonia, and use the correct amount of product. If guessing this can get expensive very quickly.

    Fair warning, treating for urine odor can get expensive even when you aren’t doing it yourself. However, hiring a professional cleaner will give you the best chances for fast effective results.

    Pristine Carpet Cleaning offers odor treatments that are guaranteed. If you would like more information on our odor treatments, and costs please check out our pet odor removal page. Our treatments will also work for human urine, which is sometimes an issue as well.